Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 11/3

Schadenfreude

I just want to thank Joe Tarica for the “I hate the Giants” rant in his recent Joetopia column (“To a Dodger fan, it’s apocalypse now,” Oct. 30). Frankly, as a lifetime Giants fan, I have to admit I feel like he does ... about the Dodgers!

I’ll admit I’m downright giddy at the thought that Tarica will have to design and lay out a sports front page declaring that the Giants are world champions.

It’s been 56 years since the Giants won a World Series and while our rivals from Los Angeles have won a bunch of rings, the notion that Dodger fans like Tarica could never bring themselves to be happy (let alone root) for the Giants, makes me want to shout, “Hummm, baby!”

Neil Farrell

Morro Bay

Screwing public

The stories about the first game of the world series in San Francisco hit a very tender spot with me. I ask you, how many Little League and high school baseball players will pass through the turnstiles in San Francisco at $600 for a bleacher seat? What about families? What about high school students who like baseball?

How many families working part-time jobs, who are upside down on their house payments, will squeeze out the price of tickets to take the youngsters to the good old ball game? 

Last but not least, will the World Series be broadcast on TV channels 3, 6 and 12 for free like the baseball playoffs, the Super Bowl, etc?

I hope you have gotten my point. It’s all about making the bucks and screwing the public.

Martin Zuanich

San Luis Obispo

Charter rebuttal

I encourage anyone who has seen, or who is interested in seeing, the documentary, “Waiting for Superman,” to also read Diane Ravitch’s recent article in The New York Review of Books entitled, “The Myth of Charter Schools.”

Ravitch was the assistant secretary of education in the George H.W. Bush administration and, more than any other figure in educational reform, pushed the development of charter schools and standardized testing, leading to the No Child Left Behind Act.

After studying these reforms for the last 15 years, Ravitch has revised her views. Her article is a gracious and expert rebuttal to the film’s core assertions.

Jim West

Los Osos

First 5 support

Kudos to First 5 San Luis Obispo County.

On Oct. 8, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the state budget. Unfortunately, a huge blow came to those of us in child care and the parents who use our programs. Our governor removed what is known as Stage 3 Child Care funding for low-income families working and attending higher education.

Those of us doing child care felt instant panic for the parents and children with the unknown of their immediate future, jobs, school and child care and panic for ourselves, the child care providers and teachers who have dedicated our lives and careers to the improvement of the care for all young children in San Luis Obispo County.

Immediate action was needed. On Oct. 27, First 5 San Luis Obispo County agreed to support Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo with needed funding to help these families make transitions for the next three months.

Although not a cure for the state’s financial problems, First 5 lived up to its purpose of supporting the health and care for all children and parents of children between the ages of birth and age 5.

Kudos First 5!

Haila Hafley-Kluver

Cuesta College Children’s Center supervisor

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