Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 5/23

Holder didn’t read bill

Our U.S. attorney general, in testifying before a government panel, said how bad the Arizona law regarding illegal immigrants was. He was asked if he had read the bill. He stammered and stuttered, but was finally forced to mumble that he had not bothered to read the 10-page bill.

Attorney General Eric Holder was then asked how he knew details. He replied that he knew from what he had heard.

At this point, only the willfully ignorant can avoid the true facts: To be “asked for papers” may happen only if a person has been stopped for an unrelated reason, like a traffic violation. If the driver has no license, no identification or cannot respond to the officer, then they can be held until proper identification can be determined.

I do believe our dear attorney general believes the 2,000-page health care bill to be legal (his office is preparing to defend the bill in court), but the 10-page Arizona bill too daunting to wade through before testifying.

Paul Allen

Morro Bay

Support Tony Cipolla

I read The Tribune’s front page news regarding Tony Cipolla leaving KSBY (“Cipolla calls it quits at KSBY,” May 19). It’s so sad to hear a Central Coast icon is leaving our best news reporting television station. We all know that the evening news won’t ever be the same without Cipolla at the helm. Central Coast news without Cipolla is like:

• A chocolate sundae without the whipped cream.

• A hamburger without the beef.

• San Luis Obispo with no Trader Joe’s.

• Jack LaLanne supporting processed foods.

• A day out at the beach with no sunshine.

It’s all wrong.  

I encourage The Tribune to use its influence as a major media and news source to rally support for Cipolla. Let’s show KSBY and the whole county that Cipolla is a fair-minded professional and deserves a salary reflective of his ability to perform both duties as a news station anchor and director.

Cecile DeMartini

San Luis Obispo

Cortez for sheriff

It is time to cast our votes for sheriff. I would like to share why I will be voting for Joe Cortez. I worked professionally with Cortez when I served on the San Luis Obispo grand jury and I also know him personally. He is the one individual with whom I would put my trust in to carry out the duties and responsibilities of sheriff. 

He has high integrity, he is trustworthy and honest, he has demonstrated strong leadership and communication skills and he accepts responsibility and accountability.

He is sincere about the safety of our loved ones and our communities. He has strong respect for others as well as financial acumen — he knows how to balance a budget.

He believes in transparency. While he was chief of police for Pismo Beach, he had an open door policy to the media and community and won their respect. 

He also has varied experiences that give him a rounded view of law enforcement.

I truly believe that Cortez is the right man for this job. He has the experiences, knowledge, training, education and personal integrity to do the job and do it well. I encourage you to join me in voting for Joe Cortez.

Dorothy Schlitz

Arroyo Grande

Good engineering

Environmentalists may be bigger fans of good engineering than columnists Jerry Taylor and Peter Van Doren realize (“The same old arguments,” May 19). I am an environmentalist in that I have great reverence for God’s natural creations. 

I have lived most of my life near a nuclear power plant that has not had a meltdown. I credit this lack of a meltdown to good engineering, good employees, good watchdogs and good government safety regulations. As is now being revealed, Deepwater Horizon cannot be credited with so many of these. 

Without good engineering, employees, watchdogs and government safety regulations, more (not less) Wall Street meltdown economic depressions and massive industrial accidents will occur. According to Taylor and Van Doren, operating a business without these good things is an acceptable risk? 

Camina Tripodi

Arroyo Grande

Amendments to law

We’re in a little flood of emotional commentary in letters and editorials and from talking heads decrying Arizona’s new law trying to deal with the state’s illegal immigrant problem. At last, Linda Seeley’s letter gives us just the facts. She quotes the Arizona law (“What the Arizona law says,” May 20). This should add some much-needed light to heat in this emotional debate.

Sadly, Seeley did not tell us what the operative terms “lawful contact” and “reasonable suspicion” mean (both well settled in case law). She simply declares “the dreaded liberal media is right” and again gives examples that only police who abuse the new law could attempt.

Interestingly, we read that the Arizona House of Representatives, obviously troubled by attacks on how the law would be applied, now has approved changes to clarify the intent of the law.

The amendments would replace “lawful contact” with “lawful stop, detention or arrest.” The amendment would also delete “solely” from the sentence saying police “may not solely consider race, color or national origin” in establishing reasonable suspicion that someone is in the country illegally.

Jim Talbot

Arroyo Grande

KSBY’s bad business

I was very saddened to hear that Tony Cipolla is leaving KSBY. In your article, KSBY says that they are looking out for their business (“Cipolla calls it quits at KSBY,” May 19).

Do they realize that with Cipolla leaving the station, they might have just lost more business? Cipolla is the reason I watch KSBY news. He is engaging and fun to watch while still delivering the important national news along with our local news updates. He will be greatly missed, and I wish him success in his future.

I’m not sure I will be watching KSBY news after June 3.

Janet Marcotte

Paso Robles

Cuts for lawmakers

The “values of the people of California,” as our governor has termed, are being manipulated to justify taking more and more from the citizens who need it the most. The time has come to protect the pocketbooks of the elderly, disabled, low-income, students, teachers and state workers.

It is time for the lawmakers and other government officials who represent our values to take a large pay cut and make major consolidations in their job sector, just as we citizens have had to do in ours (read: soaring unemployment rates).

Elected officials should be required to adhere to the same standards of job performance as we all do. If we do not do our job, we do not get paid and are eventually fired.

The state government does not reflect the values of the people of California. Their high taxes, fraud and wasteful spending simply pad the legislators’ bank accounts with the citizens’ hard-earned money, and all in the name of our values!

Citizens of California, this is not what we stand for! Lawmakers, stop using our values to support your shameful excuse of a budget and come to the table with some real cuts: your salary and your jobs!

J. Boatwright