Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 9/26

Universal tuition

I think we can all agree on the importance of public education from K-12. Teacher/student ratios should be lower, test scores higher and, of course, we should never have a shortage of classroom materials and good teachers at fair pay. 

Additionally, in some schools, we have begun a social outreach program that includes a breakfast and lunch program for students at or below poverty line. This should be expanded to include after-school tutoring and day care at appropriate ages.

But how to pay? Rather than sourcing the government, which would include every taxpayer, why not bring the responsibility to each child’s family, therefore giving each parent an equity?

What I am proposing is a tuition for every child in public school. Poverty line and below would be exempt. But above that, each parent would pay 5 percent of their last year’s taxable income as tuition. 

For example, a family earning $50,000 a year would pay $2,500 per student a year. For an income of $100,000, the tuition would be $5,000 per student.

Tuition has always been charged at the college level, why not below for those of us that can afford it?

Jack Yelkahs

San Luis Obispo

Fine parenting

On the proposed drug testing of students at Coast Union High School, someone recently declared in these pages that it’s “a very poor example of parenting, to oppose drug testing” (“Some role models,” Sept. 14).

In truth, it’s a fine example of good parenting to oppose a policy that does no known good and might possibly do harm. This view is shared by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Education Association and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. They all oppose school-based drug testing, as do 83 percent of physicians polled.

In 2007, the American Academy of Pediatrics found, “there is little evidence of the effectiveness of school-based drug testing in the scientific literature;” and, “it has not yet been established that drug testing does not cause harm.”

And among the potentially harmful effects of testing:

It could provide incentive for students to use more serious drugs that won’t test positive, erode trust between students and staff, and drive students from the very structured and supportive activities they need.

The letter writer attacks the character of parents who oppose drug testing.

In truth, these parents are caring enough to be involved, thoughtful enough to consider the facts and brave enough to advocate for their children.

Caring, thoughtful and brave: These are qualities worth sharing with our children.

Harold Light


Thanks for support

We want to thank the supporters who attended our Boys and Girls Club “End of Summer” fundraiser during one of the hottest afternoons of the year. The board of directors and the executive director are appreciative of your attendance.

On Aug. 29, Jack and Jayne Smith opened their home to more than 100 community members for a great time with music, dancing, food and drinks. The proceeds from this event will be donated to our Club.

Thank you to the Smiths, Lettie Fuller, Juanita McMullen, the 5 Cities Men’s Club, the Keystone Club and those people that helped us with the event. Your endless amounts of support are truly appreciated by the children of the club.

Thanks to the loving and caring support from many people in the community, generous businesses and the board members, the Boys and Girls Club is able to continue providing life enhancing programs to more than 3,000 local area youth.

Moyses Muguira

Boys and Girls Club of South San Luis Obispo

Tired of fanatics

I am getting fed up with a particular group of religious fanatics. They try to force their way of life onto us. They are not content to just live their lives, they want everybody else to live as they do.

Everywhere we go, their unsubstantiated beliefs affect our lives. Our freedoms are being severely restricted because of these people. They are using their propaganda in the schools to infect the minds of our children. I believe that this religious movement is the greatest threat to our society. If they are allowed to continue unchecked we can count on our way of life disappearing soon. They continually regurgitate lies and paranoia designed to scare us about our future.

I am talking about the Religion of Green. Their lies and exaggerated, paranoid ramblings about global warming, pollution and anything “green” are threatening our peace of mind. Please, let us stop this dangerous movement before it is too late.

Jody Langford