Insensitive to Bullock
To Patrick S. Pemberton: Your invitation to Sandra Bullock was insensitive and mean (“Dear Sandra Bullock: Come back to the SLO life,” April 8). With you on the welcoming committee, I doubt she will want to visit here any time soon.
A fine ‘La Boheme’
A month ago, my husband and I saw a revival of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Attila” at the The Metropolitan Opera. Critics dubbed it “Attila the Dud.”
Last night, in a reversal of fortune, we saw a production of “La Boheme” by Opera San Luis Obispo and it was superb in every way with outstanding operatic performances and a beautifully staged production. Yep, we topped the Met, by a mile.
Praise for Cleveland
Congratulations to The Tribune for your business reporter, Melanie Cleveland, who digs in and reports substantiated facts (not hearsay) without hype. This has been particularly rewarding during local cases of corruption and financial mismanagement.
Cleveland cuts right to the chase and delivers hard news in the first paragraph.
Meg Whitman is running for governor to “rid our state government of waste, duplication and inefﬁciency.” In her policy agenda, she opposes any attempt to weaken California’s death penalty laws. I found this quite surprising since California taxpayers pay at least $117 million each year at the post-conviction level seeking execution of the people currently on death row. It costs $90,000 more a year to house an inmate on death row then a lifetime sentence in a general prison population.
A great deal of taxpayers dollars is also spent on death penalty trials. The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California has estimated that a trial seeking a sentence of an execution costs at least $1.1 million more than a non-death-penalty trial.
Given the fact that there are currently 680 people on death row and California has only executed 13 people since 1976, it seems like the fiscally responsible thing to do is to sentence those who commit these heinous crimes to life in prison and use the funds that would be spent administering the death penalty on other priorities like health and education, or direct financial and social services for the relatives of crime victims.
San Luis Obispo
Please, not Harvard
In the name of diversity, we might get another woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, or perhaps a person who is black. That is fine with me, but I want the nominee to be a graduate of Kansas State, UCLA or some place other than Harvard.
Eight of our nine justices are Harvard or Yale graduates, including the most recent one appointed by President Barack Obama. Where is the diversity, please?
I make it 5-1 odds that the next justice will be a graduate of Harvard.
I am now trying to find some sucker willing to bet on it. Because there is a fool someplace who thinks we will have diversity on the Supreme Court, I will give 2-1.
Nice to be ruled by a group of elitists who are so much wiser than the rest of us, isn’t it?
I enjoy reading Bill O’Reilly and you need the diversity. If you do not return his column, this will be my last renewal.