Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 2/26

Grateful for support

Although part of waking up each day is realizing the challenges we face in making ends meet, Bob McAfee, in his well-written letter to the editor (“Reasons for hope,” Feb. 1), eloquently reminds us how the attitudes of social connectedness and caring that we witness daily in San Luis Obispo County are integral to a healthy and enduring community.

Within the darkness of these fearful times, McAfee’s wise words, “there are many reasons to be hopeful, and many of those reasons are right within us and around us now,” are like a mirror held up to a candle flame.

In honor of the hope all around us, Congregation Ohr Tzafon is especially grateful for the generous support from these North County organizations: Albertsons, the Atascadero library, Atascadero News, Coast Satellite TV, Spencer’s Market, Tastee Freeze, The Tree Man, Vons and Yardvark Gardening.

To them we extend our warm appreciation and customer loyalty.

Larry Caris

Congregation Ohr Tzafon

Amendment needed

Finally we have two things that everyone can agree on! One, there is already too much money involved in our election process allowing for too much influence by the entities that have more money.

Two, corporations are not people and should not be afforded the same rights as people. America is not a government (in theory) of the corporation, by the corporation and for the corporation.

If you agree, please go to MoveToAmend.org and join the more than 65,000 people who have co-signed the motion to amend the Constitution to “firmly establish that money is not speech and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.”

Sara West

San Luis Obispo

Happy now?

I wonder if all those people who helped to defeat the creation of a “public option” to private health insurance plans are happy now that private carriers in California have announced huge increases in rates? I have no idea why the Tea Partiers and other conservatives would want to shoot themselves in the foot just to preserve record profits for the private health insurance industry.

But as long as they insist on voting against their own best interests, will their next targets be Medicare and Medicaid? If they succeed, then it will truly be good morning in America for the fat cats in the medical insurance business and prolonged misery for the poor and elderly.

Laurence Houlgate

San Luis Obispo

Like a true liberal

Last weekend, my wife decided to clear out some of our 6-year-old’s toddler toys he no longer looks at. She thought this would also provide an excellent opportunity to talk to him about the plight of the poor by pointing out that there are so many children in the world whose families cannot afford toys.

Not only was my son willing to give his old toys away, tears welled into his eyes at the thought of other children having no toys because their families are poor. My wife said, “Well, you can help by donating some of the money from your piggy bank to help buy toys for the poor children.”

My son thought about it for a moment and responded in a serious tone, “No, Mom, I want to keep my money, but let’s take yours.”

Spoken like a true liberal!

Christopher Arend

Paso Robles

Shortfall of sympathy

I have to agree with many of The Tribune readers who had little sympathy regarding the $1.5 million shortfall San Luis Obispo city has to deal with.

Come on, what do they have to do, put off paving a few city streets? I say deal with it, and while you’re at it, cut the budget of all of the services that only 10 percent or less of the county is actually taking advantage of. That should eliminate another $5 million or so.

Gary Maier

San Luis Obispo

Put fear behind us

Religion has lost a lot of clout in the West. Four hundred years ago, its officials could burn up or torture people for heresies such as claiming the Earth goes around the sun. Now, secular schools largely ignore religion.

Glenn Lubak (“Church, state, prison,” Feb. 6) wants universities to backtrack and openly discuss creation versus evolution. He wonders what they are afraid of.

For one thing, I suppose they’re afraid of being laughed at if they seriously consider we sprang from a handful of dirt. Lubak could get his desired discussion going by doing so in his church. He could organize additional open discussions such as Christianity versus Islam or Christianity versus atheism.

Or maybe we should render science teaching unto the schools and religious teaching unto its appropriate churches. We got over not being at the center of the universe.

Couldn’t we also put behind us the fear that evolution denies we are made in God’s image?

Bill Schwennicke


CSU’s approach

Your recent editorial, “Local and professional aid needed to hire Poly chief, Feb. 21” overlooks the fact that a majority of the search committee members have strong ties to the community.

A careful look at the committee members reveals a large local contingent: George Gowgani (a member of the California State University Board of Trustees, a former professor and an associate dean at Cal Poly), three faculty members, a college dean, the student association president, a staff member, the president of the alumni association, the chair of the Cal Poly Foundation Board and alumnus George Soares.

In addition, members of the San Luis Obispo community including the city and business community will have opportunities to meet the final candidates during on-campus visits in late May.

For the past five years, California State University has conducted presidential searches without the assistance of an executive search firm, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars of limited resources and not sacrificing diversity.

In fact, the California State University’s 23 presidents include three African-Americans, four females, four Hispanics and two from the Middle East. Many of our presidents had served in that capacity at stellar institutions prior to joining the California State University and brought their experience and knowledge to our system.

California State University employs an inclusive and widespread approach to all of its searches and seeks out non-traditional candidates for our candidate pools. The very nature of Cal Poly’s academic programs, educational philosophy and community engagement suggest that this search will be no different.

Herbert L. Carter

Chair, California State University Board of Trustees

Why so long?

Why will it take at least a year to decide to lift the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy (“Military’s gay debate may take years,” Feb. 15)? Does the military need to install separate drinking fountains and latrines?

Marilyn Moore

Los Osos