Ready to trade in?
I wonder, after looking at the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, if America is now ready to trade in their big cars for small hybrids when possible, or at least more economical cars. What will it take for us to realize that we cannot sustain our way of life as we now know it? Please think about the future we are leaving our descendants!
I am not talking about people who can only afford the older gas guzzlers, but about the multitude of people who are still buying SUVs, large pickups and even Hummers.
Think before you buy? Nah, that’s right, that’s un-American. In America, bigger is better. Not!
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Have to pay
I read with interest the answers candidate Etta Waterfield gave to the questions you printed recently (“Election 2010: Four questions for the candidates,” May 23). She is obviously opposed to raising taxes but she doesn’t say what would happen to people when programs would be cut that could no longer be funded.
If you ask, should we cut the California Healthy Families Program that provides health care to low income children, they say no. If you ask, should we cut funds to Medicaid, they say no. If you ask, should we cut programs to the elderly, the mentally ill or home health services, they also say no.
We cannot fund these programs unless we pay for them! We cannot balance the budget without reasonable revenue solutions. In the 1960s, when corporations paid their fair share, we had a vibrant middle class, an excellent education system and a first rate infrastructure.
We need to ask more of corporations in taxes, tax the oil companies and ask the very rich to pay a larger share in bringing our state back the age when it was the golden state of opportunity!
The Golden Rule
Since the “not legislating from the bench” Republican Supreme Court judges have given corporations human rights, can we have a class action suit against BP? I bet Gov. Bobby Jindal would be for it.
And when do tea-partiers want less federal government regulation? I’m guessing not when their states have huge natural or accidental disasters. And do you still want the banks and lending companies to “greed” their way into destroying our economy or should they be better controlled?
Too bad they all didn’t follow the Golden Rule.
San Luis Obispo
Missed the point
I agree with your position that Ian Parkinson’s several tax liens are not all that big a deal (“Parkinson’s tax liens are common,” May 20). The problem is that you totally missed the point. That point is that he either lied about the liens when confronted with them or he has such poor communication skills that he does not know what is going on in his own household.
If he lied, that is a huge deal and makes him a nonstarter in anyone’s book.
If he does not even communicate well enough with his wife to know what is going on with the family finances, how is he ever going to have open communication with the deputies, the media or the public? How is he ever going to manage a $57 million budget?
Charles F. Plemons Jr.
The root cause
I wish to take exception to your characterization of Republican State Assembly candidate Etta Waterfield as an “uber conservative” (“Support of profiling law outrageous,” May 7). This allusion to German fascism is highly insulting and racist given Waterfield’s heritage. Waterfield’s heritage is that of a third-generation Mexican, Native American with a smattering of English. She is the only female and Mexican-American candidate in the Republican primary race. She grew up in Arizona, she still has family there and her sons are local law enforcement working on the Mexican border.
She understands the problems of illegal immigration, drug crime and the frustration and “call for help” from the people of Arizona. Your editorial board’s injection of inflammatory rhetoric will not solve the massive problem of hundreds of thousands of poor, largely illiterate people entering the United States illegally.
The root cause of mass illegal immigration into the United States is the Mexican government’s economic and political failure to provide a stable, secure society with a just legal system. The inflammatory characterization of political candidates using “code words” such as “uber” plays a significant role in further dividing our nation and bears responsibility for the continuous inability to discuss complex issues with civility.