Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 10/15

Something not right

Apparently we do not have a county or state budget crisis. The Public Works director approved a $41,000 paid vacation (three months) for two Public Works employees. Where is the oversight on the director’s decision?

The public is still in the dark. It is obvious that something was not right as one of the employees resigned and the other was demoted. The privacy protection clause is hogwash, or maybe the truth will embarrass the county even more.

A lot of meals for those who are not as fortunate can be purchased with $41,000. Shame on the Public Works Department.

George Bax

Arroyo Grande

Risky work

I would like to bring attention to all of the Pacific Gas and Electric employees who work so hard to keep the lights turned on. Tuesday’s storm reminded me again of how hard they work in the worst of weather.

While I am home safe and dry, I watch the clock tick away and pray for their safety. Every time I watch my husband strip off his rain-soaked clothes and crawl into bed, I thank God that he came home again safe.

We have gone to funerals, supported friends who have lost limbs or have been burned or hurt. The employees, the men and women who risk their lives and leave their families to keep our power on, deserve a round of applause.

Pam Carpenter


Public option now

I was so gratified to see three pieces in the Oct. 4 Tribune regarding health care reform and the current political atmosphere. I’m referring to Bob Cuddy’s column, Diane W. Mayfield’s letter to the editor, and Leonard Pitts’ opinion.

To use Mr. Cuddy’s words, I too think this whole toxic swirl of opposition to our president’s efforts to help his country and our people is just “plain nuts.” As for the “tea partiers” ... they go way beyond nuts. It would be interesting to know what the median income is at these tea rallies. I’ll bet dollars to donuts that none of the participants meet the federal guidelines for poverty, though.

I say public option now! How many more people have to die because this wonderful, wealthy nation can’t get over itself long enough to help out those less fortunate than ourselves?

Rachel Sosa

Paso Robles

Common sense

The commentary by Leonard Pitts Jr. (Oct. 11) was excellent. Especially the last statement that “ ... the argument may well be correct. But that’s not the same as being right.” Thank you, Mr. Pitts, for some much-needed common sense.

Michele Baker


Sounds good

Once upon a time, I was among the un(der)insured. I live in Halcyon — a captive of a high-cost market without the coins in my pocket to afford the premium coverage.

Fortunately, I am now retired. That means I get Medicare coverage. But what about all of the poor souls who are not so fortunate?

President Obama’s plan will simply make insurance work better by holding the insurance industry accountable. Under the president’s plan, it will be against the law for insurance companies to:

Those changes sound pretty good to me. Thanks for your ear!

Willy Gommel

Arroyo Grande

Proud veteran

Regarding “Why not a peace symbol?” (Sept. 27):

The tank and cannon are in front of the Vet’s Hall to represent my brothers in arms who fought for you and didn’t come home, as well as those who came home on litters.

Every time I see the so-called peace symbol I want to throw up, then I get angry to think someone would be so naive that you would think you can crawl into bed with someone like Hitler or Osama Bin Laden and come out smelling like a rose.

From a 50 percent disabled American Veteran, I am proud of the medals I wear.

Kenneth Goodman

Arroyo Grande

Addiction differences

Andrew Kenny (“Legal marijuana is inevitable,” Oct. 1) doesn’t seem to understand the difference between physical dependence and psychological addiction.

To a person with an addictive personality, cheeseburgers are addictive. Video games. Texting. You name it, a person can be “addicted.”

Physical dependence has more concrete criteria, based on physical changes in the body regarding tolerance and withdrawal.

From what I understand, pot can be as habit forming as anything that makes you feel good can be. However, I have never heard of someone getting physically sick from cannabis withdrawal. 

Then there’s growing. For most smokers I’ve known, growing is more trouble than it’s worth, not to mention time- and space-consuming.

The people I’ve known who tried either gave up after a couple of attempts or gained a more advanced knowledge of botany than anyone else I’ve met.

The reason people buy from dealers is simple — it’s easier. If “most marijuana smokers grow their own,” then why is there such a thriving market for dealers?

Also, drunk people are more likely to be wild and reckless than smokers, who tend to be relaxed and — I’ll say it — lazy. Lazy people aren’t going to go have 100-guest parties and puke on neighbors’ lawns.

Alexis Murrell

Los Osos

Real reform

I am a registered nurse and have spent my career helping people through their most trying and stressful times.

Every day that I work, I find there are people who have insurance, some who have Medicare/Medi-Cal, and others who have nothing. Some of those with nothing have the wherewithal to pay their bills with cash and others are faced with bankruptcy and ruination because they have had a catastrophic illness. I truly believe that the government is entirely too deeply involved in the lives of Americans, but I also believe that no one should go bankrupt because of an illness.

There is no need to create a government option to provide health care to all Americans; what is needed is interstate insurance competition, tax rebates and vouchers to help people buy that insurance and provisions for catastrophic, stop-loss coverage for the younger, healthier folks who do not require medication coverage and basic office services.

One way to recover immediate savings in health care is to place controls on trial lawyers and frivolous lawsuits that drive up the cost of doing business for physicians. Perhaps if the right-left rhetoric could stop long enough for people to really see what is needed for the American people, we could enact real, effective health care reform.

Don Baker


County compassion

After ejecting the homeless from the various shelters on Dan De Vaul’s ranch, the county is now demonstrating its compassion for the homeless. With the colder and wetter winter season fast approaching, the county is now building a much safer bridge for them to sleep under (in back of Cuesta College over Chorro Creek).

Bill Olson

Morro Bay