Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 12/29

A taxing situation

A Cal Poly admissions representative stated in the news recently that admission numbers were being reduced, yet the school was actively recruiting out-of-state students because of the higher rates they pay.

Great business model, but the only problem is that as a California resident, I have been paying taxes that have kept this wonderful state institution going for the last 30 years of my adult life. Don’t take my money, tell me there is no room for my kid and make me subsidize someone else’s kid who has not payed one cent of California taxes.

Bob Armstrong

Arroyo Grande

Hampian should sue

I don’t live in San Luis Obispo city, so I don’t really have a say. However, I can’t resist a comment regarding the new city manager’s salary (“SLO to pay more to new city manager,” Dec. 3).

Let’s see, the outgoing City Manager Ken Hampian was paid $194,300 after working for the city for 20 years. The new city manager comes waltzing in at $221,00 with zero time on the job. That’s a $30,000 annual raise in cost to San Luis Obispo city. Hampian should sue for lost pay. Paso Robles City Manager Jim App should immediately ask for a major raise.

In my opinion, this is just plain stupid. What was the San Luis Obispo City Council thinking? With 100 applications, couldn’t they do better? I would think so.

Glen Gibson

Paso Robles

Life in a nanny state

The Tribune recently reported that a student accused of cyber-bullying was suspended for two days (“Free speech cited in student cases of cyber-bullying,” Dec. 14). A U.S. District judge sided with the offender, citing protected speech. The suit and the decision show just how far down the road of parental confusion and the nanny state we’ve moved.

In the past, bullying was a local phenomenon. Now it is easily broadcast to the entire school. For vulnerable children and teens, this new breed of bullying is a cannon to the pea-shooter of a bygone era, increasing the risk of psychological trauma and suicide. Where parents and school authorities used to use common sense to discipline and reenforce proper behavior, now they battle in the courts over who should have parental control.

I think a two-day suspension was not out of order to send a strong message to the bully, but the parents should be in the loop. The trend toward replacing common sense with courtrooms is an unfortunate one. Even more unfortunate is the loss of something that cannot be reclaimed: the teaching moment. And the one who may lose the most is not the victim, but the transgressor.

David Puro

San Luis Obispo