Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 1/18

Spot the absurdities

I know a guy, and he works hard. He is a 35-year-old anesthesiologist and is paid a staggering $950,000 a year to keep obese Americans sedated while their worn-out knees are being surgically replaced.

I know another guy, and he works hard. He is a 28-year-old who makes an unbelievable $1 million a year playing baseball games, so I don’t have to, and I can watch from my couch, where I sedentarily grow increasingly heavier. Can you spot the absurdities?

Tim Sadat San Luis Obispo

Misused Bible verse

Brighton Hushing-Kline performs a service for us all (“Fight for freedom,” Jan. 5). Her selection of one Bible verse, the one that has often justified the killings of millions of non-Christians for the past 2,000 years, demonstrates once again that taking certain verses in the Bible as the “word of God” just begets more violence. The devil, of course, is in the interpretation.

Even if Jesus did as Matthew claims, whipping a few merchants is not the same as sending drones in to accidentally kill innocent people in Pakistan, intentionally killing reporters in the second Iraq war and massacring tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers as they fled during the first Iraq war, sometimes because they are just different, and sometimes because they are standing on our oil.

Tom Neuhaus San Luis Obispo

Think of the victims

According to the Los Angeles Times article printed in The Tribune (“State closer to resuming executions,” Jan. 6), California has released its proposed revisions to lethal injection procedures.

It has been of high concern to some that the three-drug method of execution is an “unconstitutional infliction of cruel and unusual punishment.”

Excuse me, but it is my understanding that the way to receive a “death sentence” is because a jury of peers has sentenced the defendant for a crime. The crimes committed are of a heinous nature that deserve dire and direct approaches — especially when there is clear-cut evidence — which must be instituted to hopefully curtail future crimes.

Citizens wonder why our courts are backlogged. Look at all the appeals that are allowed. There has to be a limit as to how much a victim or their family has to endure.

I ask for all to please dig deep down and honestly think about the victims and their families. Is it fair to have the innocent victim/family live through years of reliving the incident in courts?

I honestly do not think so.

C.J. Cochran Arroyo Grande