A rough ride
It’s getting real ugly. The so-called independent voters, hungry for big change and who brought President Barack Obama into office, have now wet their pants and have chickened out. The only thing independent about them is the freedom to not know anything.
Nobody, especially Obama, said that our problems would be solved quickly or easily. The so-called independents have been as easily duped as the so-called “tea partiers.”
They have been turned away from a president committed to doing the right things, for a change, and they now bow down to the same group of dishonest politicians that they rejected just over a year ago.
This collective ignorance has been exploited, nourished and now harvested by the most efficient propaganda machine that my 70 years has seen. We in the middle are in for a very rough ride.
William and Diana Barash
Women in Black
The San Luis Obispo group of Women in Black is part of an international grassroots movement of women united in our commitment to peace, restorative justice, human rights and nonviolence. We, along with Women in Black groups around the world, stand in vigil, dressed in black, as a symbol of mourning all violence.
We work from across the political spectrum and often from opposing sides of a conflict. We mourn domestic violence, intolerance and crime. We mourn war and terror. We call attention to the futility of the cycle of oppression, violence, retaliation and escalation and aim to influence public opinion so as to make war, or any form of violence, unthinkable.
We invite you, women and men, to join our San Luis Obispo vigil every second Tuesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. at Monterey and Chorro Streets.
San Luis Obispo
Control in jeopardy
Pressure groups such as the health care lobby are on our minds these days, but I don’t think that we have thought enough about the military’s influence in that way.
Garry Wills, author, historian and a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, was on C-SPAN 2 (Feb. 14) talking about how government secrecy and military influence has grown to a dangerous level since the development of the atomic bomb.
He believes this combination has become so strong that it has assumed the power to dominate presidents in obtaining perceived needs. The Constitution’s requirement of civilian control of the military is in jeopardy. This view is detailed in Wills’ new book, “Bomb Power.”
It is really depressing to think that we have gone this far when former President Dwight Eisenhower warned us decades ago to be wary of the military-industrial complex.
Did I read you right?
Did you really opine that the person who bought the Superman comic book for $1 million should be taxed 100 percent?
Was that not his money to spend as he saw fit? Do you all at The Tribune consider yourselves communists or just socialists?
The nuclear issue
Is President Barack Obama trying to reduce nuclear proliferation?
The 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty expired in December and renegotiations have begun.
Is this nation seeking peace in the world? A recent article in The Tribune titled “U.S. to sell $6B in weapons to Taiwan” (Jan. 30) failed to mention the construction of new nuclear weapons projects planned at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and the Kansas City Plant in Missouri.
The United States is moving ahead to construct a new generation of nuclear weapons that will be indiscriminate by their massive killings. It is hard to change politics with senators who have these nuclear laboratories located in their states. This was underscored by all 40 Republican senators warning President Obama not to cut their programs. Forty senators are enough to block formal ratification of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty negotiations.
Eliminating nuclear weapons continues to be a moral imperative, going beyond national security to the considerations of human survival. We need to hold our nation’s leaders accountable.
The article on baking polenta in The Tribune brought many happy memories of my childhood (“Passion for polenta,” Feb. 28). My grandfather, a Swiss immigrant, always made the polenta on an old gas range. My grandmother wanted a new stove but grandpa wanted to keep the old one because it cooked polenta at just the right temperature.
He cooked the polenta until you could cut it with a string. I tried baking it following the recipe in Sunday’s paper and it was good, but not as good as grandpa’s.