Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 10/21

Wild spending

I just figured out why Obama received the Nobel Prize! It was because of the peaceful beer summit. I think they even served Norwegian beer. Wow!

Now he has praised the Senate Finance Committee for passing their version of health care legislation, which when one gets the drift (or smell) it must be the biggest travesty ever perpetrated on the American people. 

Now he is trying to bribe senior citizens with $250 since there is no COLA in our Social Security in 2010. When will this wild spending ever stop?

Larry Trine

Los Osos

Mainstream views

In his commentary from Oct. 3, after referencing Michael Moore’s new film, Bill O’Reilly concludes with the statement, “Michael Moore and his crew speak for a very few Americans.”

Throughout the column O’Reilly attacks the “radical” agenda of Moore and the far left, yet the only quote from Moore used in O’Reilly’s piece ends with the words “ ... we want universal health care for every single American,” implying that this is a view from the “far-left side of the floor.”

A July Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found that 58 percent of those surveyed would favor “Having a national health plan in which all Americans would get their insurance through an expanded, universal form of Medicare-for-all.”

A July Time Magazine poll found that 49 percent “favor a program that creates a national single payer plan similar to Medicare for all, in which the government would provide healthcare insurance to all Americans,” with 46 percent opposing.

Admittedly, my circle of friends tends to center-left views on most issues, but I cannot name a single friend or family member who is opposed to universal health care, and the two polls mentioned above would suggest that our views are well within the mainstream of American opinion.

Derek Mitchem

Arroyo Grande

Take on your share

After reading Virginia Rogers’ letter (Oct. 2) regarding the cost of the Dan De Vaul trial, I had to ask her one question: Virginia, how much did it cost for your city of Grover Beach to stop a soup kitchen at a local church?

I find it strange that most of Mr. De Vaul’s supporters are not residents of the city of San Luis Obispo or even residents around his property.

Maybe it’s because just like local resident (and county Board of Supervisors member) Adam Hill, they are not willing to take on their share of the responsibility for this problem.

If you do some research, you would find that a better location for the new shelter would actually be the Arroyo Grande/Grover Beach area.

There is plenty of access to more affordable shopping, transportation and necessary services, and it could be in walking distance to downtown Grover Beach and the Village of Arroyo Grande.

Doesn’t the city of Arroyo Grande want some county property for their new police station? How about a trade?

I hope that people like Virginia will step up and be more willing to open their communities to those less fortunate and stop criticizing those who have taken on more than their share.

Michelle Tasseff

San Luis Obispo

Attempt at control

Cal Poly has an obligation to educate both sides of an issue. When a meat company threatens to withhold $500,000 in donations to that university if a nonmeat advocator speaks, that is an attempt to control education.

Dr. Pollan from Berkeley’s graduate school, author of “The Omnivores Dilemma” and a proponent of environmentally conscious methods of farming, should be allowed to speak as planned. The Harris Ranch Beef Company is wrong to attempt to control what Cal Poly teaches.

Bill Denneen


Needless waste

Court closings are caused in large part due to Ronald George, the chief judge of California and the head of the Judicial Council. Judge George squandered large amounts of money when his Judicial Council passed laws trying to impose California law upon federal agencies.

Judge George refuses to put in place court rules that have worked for 30 years in other U.S. court systems. These rules have saved a substantial amount of money.

In California, judges are elected for six years (the shortest term in the United States). In his position of monolithic authority, he has not really advocated for longer terms for judges. Longer terms make for more judicial independence.

By reason of Judge George’s Judicial Council, California has a form-driven justice system regulated by time schedules without regard to litigants’ rights. There is no real coordination between the Judicial Council and the California State Bar. In comparison to other states, both the Judicial Council and State Bar discourage free (pro bono) in-court representation for the poor, but do not allow attorneys on inactive status to do free work as arbitrators. The needless expenditures are never ending.

Ronald George’s powerful Judicial Council is a large, dysfunctional bureaucracy that wastes money and does not use proven examples to save California money.

Allan J. Mayer

San Luis Obispo

What will it take?

This morning I talked to a man who recently pulled his own tooth. He did not pull a baby tooth — he is 25 and pulled a mature molar. I have read of people doing this when they were miles from a dentist but not today in SLO county. He used a knife to cut the gums, then wrapped thread around the tooth and pulled it. It’s hard to imagine the pain.

He did this because of the pain the tooth was causing him. A dentist told him he needed a root canal but he had no money. A county native born in General Hospital, he has been homeless for long periods and is unemployed except for the occasional odd job.

If he had broken his leg, he could have gone to an emergency room but there is not a similar service for dental emergencies. It’s unreal to expect dentists and surgeons to provide pro-bono services.

This man is certainly not unique in his need. What will it take for us to organize a community dental service to match our medical emergency system?

Arthur Armstrong

Los Osos

Words versus words

Isn’t it amazing? Words caused it?

A suicide bomber blows himself up in a truck and kills 50 people in Pakistan. Taliban claims responsibility. Yet, the Taliban had no direct connection with the blast.

Their connection to the bomber was quite indirect. They talked to him with words which instilled thoughts in his mind. These thoughts translated into action which convinced the bomber that this was the most important thing for him to do. He was convinced this was the best way to spend his life.

This scenario has been repeated and will continue many times around our civilized world, from Indonesia to India to Spain to Russia to Iraq to Afghanistan.

The sad thing is that it was initiated with words that created thoughts that caused the action.

If words can generate dastardly action, why can’t properly placed words convince the general public that being a suicide bomber is really a stupid idea? A colossal public relations campaign by an Arab advertising consortium could do the job all over the Arab world. It would be cheaper than one F-18 fighter jet.

Alex Palos