Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 2/17

Judicial fraud

Each day I am more and more disgusted by what I see happening right here in the United States. A “democracy” is only such if it is administered by elected officials by the people, if it functions to operate for the interests of the people and if it is accountable to and changed by the people.

Corporations are not the people and nothing in the Constitution or any amendment thereto fairly lends itself to any such interpretation. It was only an act of judicial and intellectual fraud by which any contrary holding could emerge.

The Supreme Court five have not just made law from the bench, they have fabricated Constitution from the bench. By any fair, legal definition, the decision by a gang of five right-wing judicial outlaws on our Supreme Court to give corporations unlimited influence over our elections, in failing to even bother to distinguish between domestic and foreign-owned corporations and in knowingly leaving America vulnerable to the latter by their ruling, constitutes nothing less than an act of treason against the people of the United States.

All five judges involved in this despicable act should be impeached.

Julie Dunn

Atascadero

Keep the Dunes open

My name is Garrett Morrow, I currently live in San Luis Obispo and I am a student at Cal Poly. I have been an off-road enthusiast since I was 3 years old. I have been using Oceano Dunes my whole life and will continue to do so in the future. Please fight to help keep Oceano Dunes open for public off-highway vehicle use. Thank you.

Garrett Morrow

San Luis Obispo

Hand matters

I find it interesting and entertaining that in these days of high newsprint costs, The Tribune’s edition on Feb. 10 was able to devote about one-third of the State & Nation section to a “nonstory” about Sarah Palin writing a few talking points on the palm of her hand to assist her during a speech she was giving (“A controversy at hand?” Feb. 10). Apparently, the Obama White House feels so emasculated by this woman that they felt it necessary to have their press secretary mock Palin’s hand notes.

I would suggest that President Barack Obama learn from Palin and write a few talking points on his own hand for his next speech. By doing this, he can look directly at us while speaking, adios his teleprompters and eliminate his head flip-flopping from side to side like a wind sock in turbulent weather.

Randy Matthews

Nipomo

Palin’s time is up

“So how’s that hopey, changey stuff workin’ out for ya?”

Well Sarah Palin, glad you asked. Since you and all of your right wing, pseudo-conservative, ditto-headed, demagogue nut jobs have done (and continue to do) everything possible to prevent anything from happening, it’s not going quite as well as we’d hoped.

But, all things considered, it’s still going better then the “change” and “hope” that we got in 2000 and 2004. Thanks so much for your concern. Now go away.

Your 15 minutes have long passed.

Mark Burnes

Pismo Beach

Health reform now

San Luis Obispo County residents will join thousands in cities across America when they march at the San Luis Obispo Mission Plaza for health care reform and jobs at 4 p.m. Wednesday. We will be demanding that Congress stop playing politics with our health and lives and finish health care reform now!

As responsible citizens of the United States, we acknowledge that there are serious flaws that can no longer be ignored related to how health care is delivered and paid for in our country. We voted for a change from eight years of negligence on this issue and we demand action from Congress now.

While the United States has the best medical technology in the world, it is not accessible to everyone:

• 50 million Americans are uninsured and 25 million are underinsured.



• 123 Americans die each day from lack of preventative care or access to care.



• 44,230 Americans lose health care coverage each week due to rising premiums and growing unemployment.



• 8.4 million workers have lost jobs in this recession.



We expect bipartisan cooperation to enact meaningful health care reform and jobs that will relieve our neighbors’ suffering. Bring your family, friends, neighbors and signs. Health care and jobs are a right!

Tom Comar

Atascadero

Proving the point

I do not consider one who speaks better than I do or is better educated than I am to be an elitist.

It is only when you think that you are better than me that I believe you to be an elitist. I am an independent and not really a Sarah Palin fan but Leonard Pitts Jr.’s “elitist” column goes a long way in proving Palin’s point (“Run, Sarah, to show us if we’ve turned to ignorance,” Feb. 14).

Johnny Mello

Pismo Beach

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