Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 8/10

A lovely gift

What a treat to open the Sunday newspaper and see the editorial saluting our county libraries and emphasizing how the local branches are “thriving in the age of computers” and “expanding programs in tough times” (“Libraries thrive in the age of computers — no joke,” Aug. 1).

Not only are our libraries expanding programs and thriving, but circulation is the highest in years. However, the best part of the editorial is that it was written by you, The Tribune, and not by a member of the “choir.”

Most of the published material in support of our libraries has been written by library employees and volunteers. We will continue to do that, but how nice that The Tribune felt strongly enough to write this. The timing is perfect.

My hope is that, as a result of this and other articles, more of our county’s residents will find the wealth of materials and programs that are available either in person or online at www.slolibrary.org. Thank you again and again for this lovely gift.

Pat Williams

Vice President, Foundation for San Luis Obispo County Public Libraries Board of Directors


At this point in the controversy over the recent WikiLeaks information release, I’d like to point out a couple of gross inconsistencies:

1. Regarding Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ charge that the leaks were done “to make a point”: The leaks were made to try to end a useless 9-year war that has cost billions and killed thousands.

2. As to the charge by Adm. Mike Mullen that the persons involved in the WikiLeaks “might already have on their hands the blood of some young soldier”: By comparison, the military leaders and supporters of this war have far more blood on their hands than the WikiLeaks people.

Such grossly disproportionate statements, given widespread publicity, need to be challenged in the interest of truth and justice.

Jean Gerard


Trojan tax

The war had dragged on for 10 years, neither side able to finish the job. Helen was 10 years older, though still beautiful enough to launch a thousand ships. The topless towers of Troy still stood firm. Finally, the Greeks built a magnificent wooden horse, and the Trojans hauled it into their city as a monument to their victory. But hidden inside were 30 Greek warriors who surreptitiously opened the gates of Troy to admit the conquering Greek army.

Attempts to reform health care dragged on for years, neither side able to finish the job. Finally, Congress enacted thousands of pages of regulation and authority to write more regulation. The bill was enacted and signed unread.

But hidden inside this health care act is a new tax law. Business must report their purchases from their vendors to prevent them from underreporting their income to the IRS — a paperwork nightmare that both sides of Congress recognize is a huge barrier to successful business and job creation and are trying to agree on a correction.

What other killers are hidden inside the massive Trojan horse entitled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?

Jim Talbot

Arroyo Grande