Capps is being naive
Regarding The Tribune article “Capps steps into abortion spotlight,” Dec. 6: Lois Capps wants her legacy to be “about access to health care” and that she wants her “grandkids to remember that there was a time when some of their friends didn’t have an opportunity to go to get a checkup at the doctor.”
The legacy that her grandkids will more likely experience is a federal deficit that will significantly increase their taxes and reduce the benefits available to them.
The Federal government already runs two huge entitlement programs (Social Security and Medicare) that have unfunded liabilities in the trillions of dollars and growing because Capps and her colleagues in Washington don’t have the political will to solve the problem.
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Capps wants to add health care to the list of government-run programs that will surely fail to pay for themselves. If she believes, and I have heard her say, that health care will be deficit neutral, then she is extremely naive or she just doesn’t care how much her grandkids, and mine, are going to have to pay for reduced health care benefits.
Richard Erickson Arroyo Grande
Solar isn’t enough
Karen Merriam’s viewpoint about the importance of increasing local rooftop solar power is well stated and deserves the support of our Board of Supervisors (A new reality of solar power, Dec. 13). It should not be assumed, however, that more rooftop panels alone will solve our power needs. The sun doesn’t shine all the time, and it is exactly when the sun goes down that the lights go on.
We need to find a way to store energy effectively so that we can use it when needed. One system would use abundant solar energy to pump water to mountain reservoirs and release it on demand through turbines to generate clean hydro-power. This system works, but it isn’t easy to achieve and certainly isn’t cheap.
Until we find an effective and economical way to store energy, we will have to maintain existing power generating facilities as a backup to solar panels.
Cornelius Deasy San Luis Obispo
Protect wild horses
Stop the Bureau of Land Management’s cruel round up and slaughter of our wild horses. Please write, call and e-mail the president, senators and Congress and urge them to hold a hearing or investigate the bureau’s management of America’s wild horses and burros. Ask them to tell the bureau to immediately stop rounding up and killing or removing our wild horses and burros or selling them for slaughter and instead return them to the lands where they were living in 1971.
Wild horses are supposed to be protected from harassment, abuse and genocide by the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. How many horses have already been slaughtered by the bureau’s “adoption program?”
Their latest proposal says they are trying to prevent “further range deterioration.” The grazing of millions of cattle on public lands is causing more range deterioration than the horses. The horses need to be returned. Thirty thousand healthy wild horses have been rounded up, abused and put in crowded holding pens. Why is nobody addressing the real issue?
Millions of cattle are decimating the land. How could anyone believe that 30,000 wild horses are doing more damage than millions of cattle?
Shari Welsh San Luis Obispo
Reagan’s peace prize
I was appalled to read that the prestigious Noble Peace Prize was awarded to President Barack Obama. Isn’t he the president of the United States who just ordered 30,000 more troops to war?
It has been 90 years since a sitting U.S. president (Woodrow Wilson) won the honor.
Of all the presidents who served in the 20th century, doesn’t President Ronald Reagan deserve the Nobel Peace Prize? He contributed greatly to ending the Cold War. Margaret Thatcher said “Ronald Reagan won the Cold War without firing a shot.”
The Berlin Wall came down 10 months after Reagan left the White House, but Reagan, who two years earlier had the effrontery to call for its demolition, plainly deserves much of that credit.
What gives? Is this a political game or what?
Sue Mongillo Arroyo Grande