Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 4/7

‘Entitlements’

Our politicians keep on referring to Social Security, among other benefits, as “entitlements.”

Maybe someone can explain to me just how Social Security is an entitlement? Did we Americans not put hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Social Security fund and because of mismanagement by the government and a constant raiding of the coffers of Social Security, we are now told it is going broke and these “entitlements” must be brought under control? What would I have had in my retirement account if I would have been allowed to invest my own funds? It’s my money, I should be able to take it when I want it. I should not have to beg to take out my own money. Do our politicians have to ask us when they can take it out and then pay a penalty if they make too much money on their speaking tours or whatever it is they do, after they are done in Congress?

If you politicians want to curb entitlements, then why not begin with your own? After all, we are paying the tab. The whole thing kind of stinks!

George Pistoresi

Paso Robles

Can ‘Doonesbury’

Garry Trudeau’s “Doonesbury” cartoon about the Tea Party just demonstrates his own incoherent lock-step with the far left wing of the Democrat party and his own total lack of humor. Trudeau, your time has come and gone. It is time for “Doon-esbury” to take a hike!

Peter Zobian

Cambria

Otter assistance

In the March 31 article, “Otters struggle to keep numbers afloat,” the information discussed is year-old data from the spring 2009 census. We are hopeful that the official spring 2010 census, due to come out in about two months, will be more encouraging.

U.S. Geological Survey and other agencies and groups, including U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and other California agencies, collectively are involved in the sea otter counts.

Sea otters continue to experience challenges on their road to recovery. Disease, food scarcity, habitat degradation and other threats continue to compromise the health of this fragile population.

The good news is that Californians can play a part in the recovery of sea otters. A contribution of as little as $1 to the California Sea Otter Fund on the state tax form (line 410) will go a long way. Californians can help fund critical sea otter research and conservation activities that currently have no funding. To learn more, visit www.saveseaotters.org.

Jim Curland

Marine Program Associate for Defenders of Wildlife, Monterey Bay

Tax the biggest

I understand that various states are considering the taxation of services such as hair cutting, tanning salons and egg delivery by the Easter Bunny.

So, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, why not tax the biggest service of all, the new health care program and all of its California entanglements. Budget thingy solved, next problem?

Craig Chandler

Shell Beach

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