Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 10/23

Prevent bullying

The anti-bullying vigil at Mission Plaza, attended by a couple hundred people, was both heartwarming and heartwrenching. 

It was amazing that so many cared about bullying in our schools, especially with the spate of suicides of those who were gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender or perceived to be. 

The stories by the young people in attendance who were tormented in school and contemplated or actually attempted suicide was shocking. A recent study found gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender persons are six times more likely to commit suicide.

Schools are supposed to protect their students from bullying. I don’t think they are doing a very good job from what I heard. The California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act and two others that followed lays out what the schools are supposed to be doing. 

I suggest school teachers and administrators get serious before they get sued (as others have been) at a great loss of precious school district dollars.

Rick Tibben


Muckraking works

The more and more of this political “game” I hear, the more I despise it. These politicians lash out at each other rather than promoting themselves or their platform.

Most of the commercials on TV list the bad characteristics of the other candidate. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think all these people were crooks, hooligans and all around bad people.

I wish the candidates would do more promoting of their own good traits and less degrading of their opponents. The thing that is so frustrating is that this muckraking of opponents works. Americans take anything they hear on TV or the Internet and believe it.

Voters need to take some responsibility in changing this bad habit. I want to hear the positive attributes of candidates and their platforms, not the slanderous information that is occasionally false. I wish candidates would be more professional and leave the judging to the voters.

Weston Walker


Focus on necessities

What is wrong with this picture? City governments in San Luis Obispo County have time and funds to plan bike paths and dog parks while screaming that they are operating without adequate funds (tax money) to provide needed services, such as food and housing, for people in the area.

Couldn’t we postpone luxury items until the economy makes a turn-around?

Lee Kanehl

Grover Beach