Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 3/6

Shocking closure

I have been a patient in the cardiac rehabilitation facility at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital for 17 years following heart bypass surgery. The nurses who supervised and monitored our progress were very informative and knowledgeable about what it takes to improve our health.  

I was shocked to get the letter that the hospital was closing this excellent program, especially since the banner in front of the hospital reads “Your Health is our Number One Priority.” Going to a gym will not be monitored the same way and could be detrimental to our health.

James White

Arroyo Grande 

Outsource prisoners

I have a suggestion for the powers that be in Sacramento: Outsource our prisoners to a developing country and charge their families for the fee we have to pay that country. We would be helping that country, cutting the cost at our state prisons and saving big time on their medical upkeep.

Why should people who commit crimes be treated better than law-abiding citizens? They get three meals a day, a roof over their heads and clothes on their backs.

I am tired of reading about teachers being laid off because there is no money. Where is the money going?

Let’s start with these nonproductive citizens and keep the ball rolling until we get this mess fixed.

Teri Simmons

Morro Bay

Let’s compromise

The attitude of Paul Krugman toward banking reform (“No reform: better than weak reform,” March 2) just adds to the political gridlock. He’s saying that if one can’t have the bill exactly the way he thinks it should be, he should take his marbles and go home.

People on both sides of the aisle are guilty of this, and it’s way past time that it stop. Let’s compromise and get things done, even if we don’t think it’s perfect. Same goes for health care and many other issues.

Allen Pritzlaff


Keep them locked up

Recent coverage of San Diego teenager Chelsea King, who was allegedly raped and murdered by registered sex offender John Albert Gardner III, spotlights the necessity for sex offender laws to change.

Sex offenders don’t deserve second chances. There are countless examples of registered offenders who continue assaulting, such as Phillip Garrido, alleged kidnapper of Jaycee Dugard, and Rex Krebs, murderer of Rachel Newhouse and Aundria Crawford. How many more cases will it take to change the law?

The answer should be none.

H.R. Bill 1375: No Parole for Sex Offenders Act will ensure that sex offenders and sexually violent predators are not eligible for parole. This act must be passed for the safety of us all. Please lend your support for the bill by contacting Rep. Lois Capps and by supporting the Central Coast’s rape crisis center, the Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention Center. 

The heinous act of sexual assault should never occur, let alone be allowed to continue again and again. It is never too late for you to join the fight to end sexual violence. To quote Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Amy Sexton

San Luis Obispo

Two questions

The success or failure of health care reform really depends on the answers to two basic questions:

1. Is health care for all Americans a right or a privilege?

2. Who should financially benefit from health care — the people who provide the medical care and the cure technology or the “paper pushers”?

Fabrizio Griguoli

Shell Beach