Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 4/9

Public health care

I am sure that Richard Placak (“Just be patient,” April 1) will find himself pleasantly surprised when he learns that single-payer health care will actually save him money.

National Geographic magazine recently published a graph comparing the annual cost of health care per person to longevity in various developed countries and how health care costs are paid. While the United States spends more than $7,000, most European countries with single-payer health care spend less than half that — and the people live longer.

As a moderate Libertarian, I am in favor of public financing for health care, as an unhealthy populace is not productive. By the same token, I favor tax-supported education, as an ignorant public is also less likely to add to our gross domestic product.

Clement Salvadori


We’ve worked hard

Don’t compare me to a fish in a tank, but if Marianna Hargrave wants to make this comparison, let’s make it complete (“Just fish in a tank,” April 4).

Those fish didn’t end up in that tank by themselves, she put them there and is therefore responsible for their well being. They had no choice in being in this situation, just as millions of Americans had nothing to do with the corporate greed that caused this economic collapse. They still lost their retirement funds, had their mortgages foreclosed, lost their jobs and are now asking for help to get back on their feet.

Why not? The irresponsible corporate behavior was rewarded with unimaginable bailouts while they still engaged in the “business as usual” environment which got them into trouble in the first place. Risky business practices, along with shady backroom deals and huge bonuses for the corporate executives, still permeate the industry.

No one hands me or my family anything, we’ve worked hard for our achievements and we don’t expect things to be handed to us either. And before I’m labeled as such, no, I’m not a liberal Democrat. I’ve been a third-party member since 1976.

Dave Giordanengo

Pismo Beach

Missed the purpose

How the writer of the recent letter missed the purpose of the cartoon and the gas cans is beside me (“Who drew cartoon?” April 1).

Whatever happened to critical thinking or abstract thought? To me, the whole purpose of the cartoon was to let people know that “words” can be inciting and inflammatory.

After all, it generally was words that started wars, got people hanged during the old Jim Crow days and a series of other atrocities too numerous to mention here.

Fox News and not The Tribune uses the phrase “fair and balanced.” We all realize how fair and balanced Fox News is.

Fair and balanced certainly does not mean that one should turn the other cheek when instigators are agitating with or without realizing that some of their listeners take what they say literally. These same listeners also do not appear to understand concepts like plays on words or allegories.

What appears to have happened here is the reader took umbrage and personalized a cartoon — no less!

Fred Raleigh


For the family

Trent Nicholson lived his life to the fullest despite being diagnosed with insulin dependent diabetes at age 4. Ten years later, on March 25, Trent received his angel wings.

Several friends are holding a fundraiser for the family on Saturday, April 17 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Sylvester’s Burgers in Atascadero. Please come and enjoy some good food and show your support.

Jill Webb Urmy


March against rape

Men, we believe in a safe world for our wives, girlfriends, mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. On April 24, we can go beyond words to make that statement. Go to the Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention Center Web site, www.sarpcenter.org, to find out more about the 8th annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: International Men’s March to End Rape.”

This walk is our chance to publicly reject sexual violence.  Show your loved ones you care while raising awareness in our community. While at the Web site, please read about other events during April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and learn more about the Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention Center.

Jon Clarke

Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention Center Board Member