Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 2/11

Time for clean sweep

The problem isn’t that we don’t want a health care package; we do. The issue is that we are being given a health care package that is so bad, even Congress has opted out of it.

What kind of garbage is that? If it is so great, then why are they so eager not to have it? We were promised that we would be given what Congress has, not some sad, butchered version of a bill filled with pork and taxes for those who don’t have insurance.

At this point, I’m so fed up with the Democrats having wasted all this time. They had 60 votes and they squandered it pandering to the right-wing extremists. Shame on all of them.

I’m so disappointed in what’s been going on in Washington. It’s embarrassing how little Congress cares about who put them in their seats in the first place. Maybe it’s time for a complete overhaul of the entire group. Get some new blood in there whose tushies haven’t gotten so cushy in their seats that all they care about is re-election and holding the party line instead of doing what’s right for the country and all of us on Main Street.

Hillary Klein

Arroyo Grande

Shea, do your job

District Attorney Gerald Shea, where are you? There are numerous media reports indicating that a major employer, David Weyrich (namely The Carlton hotel), is habitually writing bad payroll checks and “selecting” just who to pay — like it’s some kind of option (“Workers say they aren’t getting paid,” Jan. 29).

Yes, the state is looking at wage issues, but isn’t bad checks your territory? At least that’s what all those signs say at my dry cleaners.

I gave your office a “pass” with missed opportunities to mitigate the Estate Financial and Kelly Gearhart messes as much of that was state regulators territory. And I’m sure much of the noise surrounding Weyrich is civil, but writing bad checks is criminal law.

As our district attorney, it’s your job to get in front of the story and provide some help for these employees, instead of cleaning it up after the fact. Employees have to be paid and the longer this goes on, the more damages accrue to people who cannot afford it.

Please do your job. We’ll all be watching.

Briggs Johnston


Insurance squeeze

My wife just received notice that her insurance company has increased her health plan monthly payment to $868 from $695 per month. Since they bill for two months, that comes to $1,736, or approximately a 24 percent raise.

How many people can afford that? And until something is done about a public option plan, insurance companies will continue to hurt (screw) their policy holders. You think it’s time for something to be done ... ya betcha.

Merl Deena

San Luis Obispo

Not people

I’ve been looking through the U.S. Constitution and have found no reference that corporations are to be counted as persons in the census.

A corporation cannot vote, serve on a jury, serve in the military or hold political office. The idea that a corporation is a “person” and therefore should have the same rights as a real person is absurd.

A corporation should only be granted personhood if it can show us a birth certificate. I don’t mean incorporation papers, I mean a real birth certificate.

The recent Supreme Court decision by Chief Justice John G. Roberts and four other corporate justices gives corporations the right to unlimited spending to support or oppose political candidates.

The ruling is a blow to us real people, but we are not powerless. We can encourage our representatives to draft a law that would reverse the decision. And we still have the power to boycott corporations and to ridicule their political and judicial servants.

It is also a good time to reread the Declaration of Independence. It doesn’t grant personhood to corporations either, but does suggest what we can do when government no longer protects the right of real people to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Jesse Arnold


Profit is needed

Based on the number of Tribune letter writers who decry business profits, I can only conclude that many people lack a basic understanding of our free enterprise system.

Without profits, businesses cannot give pay increases to their employees, hire new employees, invest in new plants and equipment or develop new products and services that benefit Americans and often the entire world.

Businesses that earn no profits also pay no income tax, thus hurting the many nanny-state entitlement programs that profit-haters seem to cherish. And last, businesses that consistently fail to earn a profit go out of business, costing jobs and contributing to economic problems like we are experiencing today.

So if it makes one feel good to rail against business profits, go ahead. Just realize that by doing so, you are arguing for killing our nation’s “golden goose.”

Robert Olson

Arroyo Grande

myth dispelled

This letter comes to The Tribune as a letter of reflection. I’m 17 years old and it’s a common myth that the youth of today don’t pay attention to the news. This is untrue when it comes to this youth.

I wholeheartedly appreciate The Tribune, and more specifically, its coverage of the crisis in Haiti. Hope springs out of a tragedy.

From my generation’s perspective, it is so incredibly encouraging to see that in such a rough economic time, the human race pulls together. It’s rare to see an instance like this where people of every race, religion, economic standing and background come together and work for the betterment of those in need.

To all the adults who may or may not read this letter, my generation is filled with hope for the future when we see the reaction of our fellow brothers and sisters.

Clarke Andros

Santa Margarita

Greedy companies

I am 55 and I have had insurance for more than 30 years. Once my husband became ill, our insurance rates were raised each year until it was $850 a month and we had to drop it.

This is because insurance companies are greedy. This is unfair to do to us after paying all those years. I thought that was what insurance was supposed to be about, but they raised it until we could not afford to pay for it.

We are now losing our home because of high medical bills after a second heart attack. This is America and government lets the insurance companies get away with it.

Debbie Goodwin

Paso Robles