Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 4/10

Don’t complain; act

It seems to me that every time someone comes up with a solution to a problem, all I read in here are complaints. Not every plan is going to please everybody, but come on, don’t complain about it (no one is listening anyway).

Do something like collect signatures on a petition and get it on the ballot in the next general election. For example, complaining isn’t going to solve the pollution debate regarding the Oceano Dunes. Take action and get a public vote on it.

If you do not agree with President Barack Obama’s plan to solve medical insurance, do the same, make it a public vote among the 300 million citizens of this great country. Isn’t freedom of choice great? Public opinion carries a lot of power when it’s a united front among citizens of the United States of America.

Raymond C. Porter

Paso Robles

Unwinnable war

It was a big mistake for President Barack Obama to listen to our military leaders regarding Afghan-istan. Military leaders are always optimistic that military force will solve everything. It is their nature.

Most of us voted for Obama because we wanted our troops to get out of this unwinnable war. But he fell into the trap, hoping to get some Republican votes on bills by supporting the increase in troops.

Now he is stuck, he will get blamed for whatever happens over there and Democrats will suffer collateral damage in the fall elections.

Roy Berger

Arroyo Grande

Violence today

Growing up in the 1950s, we schoolboys settled our differences with wrestling matches that always ended amicably when the loser uttered the words “I give.” The extent of violence in movies were gunshots throwing cowpokes or Indians off their horses.

In the 1960s and 1970s, fisticuffs replaced wrestling and the violence in films and television became more graphic. Today, schoolyard fracases are settled with no holds barred. Kicking, fists, scratching, hair pulling and gouging are all accepted as ethical.

The highlights of too many films are the scenes of unspeakable gore. It is considered fake if blood doesn’t spurt or heads and limbs aren’t lopped off.

One only needs to watch the bloodlust in the television miniseries “Spartacus” or hear the cheers when a particularly gruesome scene appears on a movie screen to see how far we’ve come, or more likely, how low we’ve sunk as sensitive human beings.

I think the ancient Greek dramatists were on to something. The only violence happened off stage and was a minor contributor to the larger tragedy of great men and women confronting their fall with nobility and grace.

Tom Bauer

Morro Bay

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