Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 3/24

Support our schools

It’s heartbreaking that our state hasn’t made adequate funding for our public school system a priority. Recent letters to The Tribune infer a solution.

Alexis Chester wrote “For a long time, I have sat in my house, wondering what to do” (“Dabble in the arts,” March 7). Teenager Bobby Wilt wrote that we have a “friendly and nurturing community, and without it, many of the youth wouldn’t have the drive for success that they have now” (“A teen-friendly county,” March 7).

Our community is rich with folks who have a lifetime of experience to offer. There are many ways to contribute from working with kids to making copies and helping teachers stay organized. Visit your neighborhood school office, offer your services and see what you can do.

For those who may not have time to contribute, our schools would make great use of your donation. Donations fund arts and educational trips and can bring back vital educational programs that have been cut.

More than ever, now is the time for each for us to rise and offer our gifts to our children. For they are all of our children.

Claire Hawks

San Luis Obispo

Limbaugh can go

Rush Limbaugh reportedly said he would leave the United States if health care was passed.

Well, come on, Rush, put your money where your mouth is.

Pat M. Berger

Arroyo Grande

Raising taxes

In response to Joe Tarica’s column “State of our public schools is a disgrace,” March 21, I have some comments for Tarica. In one paragraph he asks, “Why?” Then he answers himself: “Because of ridiculously poor money management by our state government, which continues to outdo itself in its capacity for ineptitude.”

In the next few paragraphs, Tarica suggests that we can only fix this problem if we raise taxes. Guess what, Tarica, raising taxes gives those inept government officials in Sacramento even more money to mismanage, your own words.

Raising taxes is not the answer to fix public education. Raising taxes will just exacerbate the problem.

Chris Becker

San Luis Obispo

Reading the labels

After reading William Neuman’s article titled “Serving sizes may grow so your waistline doesn’t” (Feb. 6), I am in true admiration of the Food and Drug Administration’s attempt to address obesity. I support the FDA’s plan to make portion sizes more reasonable, however, I am skeptical as to whether it will make an impact on the consumer’s diet.

The FDA is considering altering the label to make it simpler to the average consumer. The plan’s target audience, those who pay little attention to the nutritional information, will be unaffected by the changing of the label.

Another focus of this plan is to shift nutrition labels to the front of a product’s packaging. The theory is that more consumers will pay attention to the nutritional information if it is conveniently placed on the front of the box. However, I question whether this will truly make an impact on its target audience. Is there really anyone out there who doesn’t have the time to look at the back of their food’s packaging?

If you care about your nutrition, you’re already looking at the labels. If you don’t care about your nutrition, does shifting and altering the label really make a difference if you’re not going to read it anyway?

Cody Smith

Santa Margarita

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