Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 2/25

Trashing me

In response to Mark Burnes’ letter (“Palin’s time is up,” Feb. 17):

Palin’s time isn’t up until I (and those who think like I do) say it’s up. It’s not really Palin’s or Bush’s or Cheney’s ideology you dislike, it’s mine and the millions who agree with me.

As I see it, most Americans agree on a lot of things, whether we be liberal or conservative. The biggest division, from my perspective, is the ideology of responsibility. Conservatives want people (who are capable) to pay their own way, while liberals want the government to meet peoples’ needs.

So, while trashing my candidate, you are really trashing me. And without all the “me’s” and “you’s,” these candidates wouldn’t even be in the crosshairs.

Ken Hall



Regarding “Chief justice ramps up his criticism of California referenda,” Feb. 21:

No wonder Californians are in so much trouble of losing our freedoms. California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George obviously does not understand the concept of government of the people, by the people and for the people.

He couldn’t be more wrong on saying he thinks voters should not have say on the issues. This is blatant totalitarianism and dictatorship. The entire concept of freedom is the voice of the people, not what some isolated entity says it is. This guy needs to go!

J.E. Curtis

Baywood Park

A patient’s view

In response to the letters in The Tribune considering the closure of the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation facility at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, I would like to present a patient’s point of view. The pulmonary rehabilitation program at the hospital was the only such program in San Luis Obispo County and now there is none.

After being on a waiting list for quite a while, I was fortunate to be able to participate in the program. It was a small facility run by two very capable professionals with a small space and some pieces of exercise equipment. We were told in a letter from the hospital administration that we could use a gym, but a gym does not provide the educational information about our disease, instruction on how to improve and strengthen our breathing, personal attention to lung condition, blood pressure, heart rate, shortness of breath, etc., and extra oxygen when needed.

I personally have seen good progress in my condition, which can’t be cured but can be kept from getting worse. The closing has been a blow to the cardiac and pulmonary patients, and we wonder why the hospital would end this necessary program. We hope that they might reconsider.

Florence Weiser

Avila Beach

Spending money

The city of San Luis Obispo is $1.5 million short (“SLO must deal with $1.5M shortfall,” Feb. 23). Maybe they should do what they do best: Hire a consulting firm and spend a hundred thousand dollars to find out why.

Ronald Mac


O’Reilly lite

Adding Charles Krauthammer to your opinion page does not amount to balance. Krauthammer is an ultra-far right ideologue and activist and a regular on the so-called Fox “news” channel. The moderately liberal academics and writers that you also include do not amount to enough to balance out the likes of Krauthammer. A real balance would have to include some kind of far left spokesperson, or at the least a Peace and Freedom or Green Party person.

But The Tribune will not do anything like that. So you then become part of the rightward drift of the whole journalistic/media spectrum and in doing so, betray what should be your mission in a truly democratic society — to provide a real balance of expressed opinion on your opinion pages.

For a time, you folks thought that a “big lie” demagogue and smear artist like Bill O’Reilly amounted to “balanced.” You got shot down for that, so now you bring in Krauthammer (O’Reilly lite). It is tragic that The Tribune staff is getting away with printing ultrareactionary views prominently on its pages.

Jim Griffin

San Luis Obispo

Applauding change

In response to your change in selection of columnists, I applaud your dropping of Bill O’Reilly and only hope his replacement will be more careful with the truth. I do hope that you will continue to carry Leonard Pitts Jr., who I find to be the most honest, accurate writer of them all.

We have too much anger stirring and diatribes going on in print and on TV instead of good, honest debates on the varying viewpoints like we have always had in the past.

I always look forward to Phil Dirkx’s column too.

Helen A. Way

Paso Robles

Let them serve

If you value equality and justice, please write your representatives in Washington, D.C. to urge them to become co-sponsors of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act (H.R. 1283) or similar legislation that would end discrimination against bisexual, gay and lesbian Americans in the U.S Armed Forces.

I am a Unitarian Universalist. My faith values equality, justice and the inherent worth and dignity of every human being. Banning people from serving openly in the armed forces simply based on their identity is discriminatory, wrong and harmful to service members, their families and our military. Anyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, should be able to serve this country with dignity and honor.

Reading stories of gays serving in the military while closeted will open your minds and hearts to the injustice of the current policy. “Conduct Unbecoming” by Randy Shilts, “Coming Out Under Fire” by Allan Berube and “Serving in Silence” by Margarethe Cammermeyer are three such accounts. These books make one fact totally clear: gays and lesbians in the military have served with distinction since the founding of this country, and it is high time that the United States join the rest of the civilized world and allow them to serve openly.

Gina Whitaker

Arroyo Grande

Ludicrous option

In regard to the article “Obama mulls ‘multiple options’ for terror trials,” Feb. 13:

What are they thinking? This 9/11 terrorist mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, is the worst kind of criminal, and his crime, killing 3,000 innocent people, is clearly an act of war. It is all part of the radical Muslim war on the infidels.

To even consider trying this man in civilian court is ludicrous. Not to mention the expense and security of the people of New York City. And what about all the other war criminals at Guantanamo Bay? Are we going we going to drag them all to New York for a “fair and transparent trial”?

I say no! Most of all, it’s a slap in the face to the American people to have this trial right next to the World Trade Center site.

But wait, there’s still hope. Our esteemed U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says that a civilian trial would be the best option for the case and “best for our overall fight against al-Qaida.”

What a joke.

Maybe we should get a new Attorney General, one with some guts and common sense.

Joe Holland


Clarify codes

In regard to the “signage” at Keith Schmidt’s Atascadero business, K-Man Cycle & Run, I find it curious that a whimsical design intended to enhance an otherwise plain wall is being subjected to a $605 city permit application fee (“Public art policy faces review,” Feb. 15). Obviously these bureaucrats are not small-business owners. I doubt that one would attempt to advertise with a “sign” lacking the name of the business. 

Hopefully this will spur the city to clarify their building codes so that in the future, an innocent intention to enhance one’s property will not result in unexpected expenses. And I wonder if the city has already spent more than $605 on what should be a nonissue?

Margaret Wagner

Pismo Beach

Where’s Gore now?

With record snowfalls and freezing temperatures gripping Washington, D.C., and most of the United States, where’s Al Gore when we need him?

Steve Merrill

Pismo Beach