Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 1/09

Living under tyranny

Are you aware that the original Pledge of Allegiance was written by a socialist by the name of Francis Bellamy? He wrote this allegiance to reflect the views of his cousin who was an author of many socialist novels. 

Many words reflected in this pledge have been challenged, like “allegiance” meaning idolatry and God, “To the Republic” meaning we are a union of Republics and “liberty and justice” being nice words. However, a relative concept. 

Did you know that socialism actually gained stature at the end of the 19th century and continued in popularity into the 1930s, when our salute to the flag was changed from a fascist salute with the arm extended out to a hand held over the heart? I guess what I mean here is those words can have many meanings and concepts. 

As long as our country is a democracy, words can be challenged, but the majority should rule. Our present Congress and administration appear to disagree with that idea. Their decision-making policies are contrary to democracy and the promises that were made to the American people. They have demonstrated by their outrageous dismissive attitude towards the American public that they are not representing us; they are tyrannizing us.

Joan Le Grand

Arroyo Grande

On Hanson and taxes

Victor Davis Hanson’s argument against raising taxes on those who make above $200,000 a year (“War against wannabe rich,” Dec. 30) is radical because it really argues for no taxes whatsoever. If every dollar in a tax increase on those making above $200,000 will make them “retrench (their businesses) rather than expand,” then every dollar of any tax on them will do the same, and to the same extent.

The question that Hanson doesn’t recognize is: To what extent should taxes be increased, decreased or left the same, on whom, in what economic circumstances and for what purposes? Answering such a question requires a mature balancing of competing interests and not the one-track thinking (“taxes are bad”) that Hanson suggests.

Paul Rinzler

Arroyo Grande

They seem to forget

I find it funny that people like Madalyn McDaniel like to blame the Democrats for the problems of this country (“Let freedom sink,” Dec. 31).

They seem to forget that for eight years, a Republican president ran this country into the ground, got us into two wars and put the U.S. in debt up to our elbows.

But we seem to forget. It must be Reaganism: “I don’t recall.” For some reason, the Republicans can’t seem to recall a lot.

Leroy Brown

Atascadero

Listening carefully

We don’t know what’s going on, but we sure have our “opinions” about it. We definitely hear the things that aren’t right. The media and the “opinion” people (on television especially) have made us that way. Most people are making good decisions every minute. We aren’t going to hear about them. When terms are said like “they all” or “they never” or “they always,” be aware that we are not getting the whole story and those terms are affecting how we think about our lives, our county and the world.

I listen now for incomplete and incendiary news. Listen for words designed to outrage and upset listeners — that is their goal. Listen for half the story, which is what we get. You’ll hear that the fire or police department were late in getting to a fire or the “government” did a horrible thing. Yes, that happens, but you don’t hear how many things were done right.

That is the rest of the story, that is what won’t cause outrage and that is what we are missing in order to decide how bad or good the government is doing. We are blasted with half-stories and we respond to it thinking we know what’s going on.

Valerie Zachary

Los Osos

Correcting injustice

I’d like to comment on Madalyn McDaniel’s letter (“Let freedom sink,” Dec. 31). Her letter just may be the tack-iest Republican letter of all of 2009.

How coincidental it was printed on the last day of 2009. McDaniel’s views, along with the recent behavior of the Republican so-called leadership of both houses of Congress in regard to the much needed health care reform, only reinforces the view that Republicans in general are really poor/sore losers.

I’d like to note, for general consideration, the following basic statement: Republicans, in general, create social injustice, while we Democrats are then left with the task of correcting the social injustice, caused by the minority party that has as it’s basic party line that “the rich should get richer and the poor should get poorer.” Let me sign off by saying: Harry Truman and Bill Clinton, where are you guys when the United States of America really needs you now!

Carl M. Ricard

Paso Robles

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