Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 11/4

For the people

Thank you, Dian Sousa, for reminding us that our Constitution was written with the basic priority of “government for the people” in mind (“Governing people,” Oct. 31).

And to think, she was concise, succinct and it didn’t cost her millions to get her point across.

In agreement, I would like to add a favorite quote by George Washington Carver: “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”

John Crane

San Luis Obispo

Enough waiting

Regarding the documentary, “Waiting for Superman”: I’m sick and tired of waiting. I am outraged that we as a society have lost the strength to demand accountability from not only our school officials, but from all elected officials.

The problem with the educational system in this country is systemic. It is affecting our ability to maintain a standard of living we all take for granted. Left unchanged, it will be the downfall of all but the wealthy elite in this country.

Where should we start, you may be thinking. First, get involved. Second, demand accountability, to us, the taxpayer. Not to teachers’ unions, lobbyists and corporate interests.

Let’s start by demanding tenure be abolished. Bad teachers need to be held accountable and fired. If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

Tobie Charles

Arroyo Grande

Greedy lawyers

I’m glad that some lawyers work pro bono (“Many lawyers work for the public good,” Oct. 30). However, when the majority of attorneys make upwards of $300 per hour (regardless of what they actually accomplish for their clients), I think the legal profession can expect some bashing.

If more lawyers would focus on making their profession more honorable and beneficial to their clients, that might improve their collective self esteem. Our judicial system is a convoluted system of intellectual debate that redistributes money from those who have it to those who talk about it. The trial attorneys have one of the biggest lobbies in the state, and it does not serve the general public.

Not all attorneys are greedy, but too many have made our system not one of justice, but one of avarice, arrogance and abuse. My husband (age 78) and I (age 63) have experienced it firsthand over the past three years in a never-never and expensive frivolous/vexatious lawsuit that has devastated our lives, both emotionally and financially. I know we’re not alone.

Jo-Ellen Neil

Arroyo Grande

A gray cloud

Life has not changed for the better for anyone except the Obamas in the past two years. I never thought in my lifetime I would see people running the White House who would bring more disgrace to that place than the Clintons. I was wrong, the Obamas make the Clintons look almost OK.

The First Lady has gone from tending gardens at the White House to a world traveler taking guests, personal attendants, airplanes and crews.

Congress has done things that will adversely affect our country for years to come. President Barack Obama has made a lot of pay backs to large contributors of his election in the form of United States ambassadors, czars, etc.

It seems that everything is being investigated — car companies, banks, oil spills. Why aren’t we investigating the president? There is a big gray cloud hanging over our heads with a bleak future.

Loren Birra

San Luis Obispo

Save Corner View?

What a sad set of circumstances to have the Corner View Restaurant and Bar close after eight years of dedicated service to the city residents and a percentage of funds donated to many nonprofit groups.

Wouldn’t it be great if the family that owns the building could give the Carpenters six months of free rent and six months of rent at three thousand dollars a month?

And wouldn’t it be great if the Downtown Association, the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce and the community as a whole held a big fundraiser with all the proceeds going to discharge the restaurant of its debts and put them on a road to financial solvency?

The Carpenters are a fine family and have been a great gift to the community. I would certainly contribute to bring back this restaurant.

Gary Fowler

San Luis Obispo

A privilege to run

I would like to give a heartfelt thank you for all of the great support I received during my campaign for sheriff.

Although I’m disappointed in the outcome of the election, it was an absolute privilege to be able to compete to serve as your next sheriff.

I know that I would never have been a strong candidate without the unwavering love and support of my wife, Kathy, and of our great band of volunteers who gave their time, support and enthusiasm in support of this quest.

I hope that you will join me in supporting our new sheriff and that each of you will do your part to keep San Luis Obispo County a great place to live, work and play. Thank you, and all the best.

Joe Cortez

Pismo Beach

No escape

Too bad the marijuana initiative, Proposition 19, failed. Now that Moonbeam and Madam Boxer are back, those that can’t move out of California need to escape into clouds of evil weed more than ever ...

Jon A. Hartz Sr.

Arroyo Grande

Isolated agony

With the stunning Republican national victory and turn to center-right politics, California continued with its path of embracing the left by the election of Democrats Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer. Now California is alone in solving its great debt and unemployment. The reason why is clear. California will be politically isolated in its agony.

The Republicans will certainly address the nation’s debt and unemployment problems, but it need not worry about California’s. California has chosen to go its own way, and as one of the world’s single largest economies, it must rely on its own remedies to solve its disastrous economic problems and high unemployment.

Brown, Boxer and the California Democrats may have ordained failure by ignoring the national will of the citizens who affirm a decisive swing to the political right.

Otis Page

Arroyo Grande

Need luck

This news just in: “Republicans win back the House — the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.”

Good luck America, you’re going to need it.

Rex Farris

Grover Beach

Good riddance

Thank goodness the election is over and it surely is “good riddance to bad rubbish” to Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina. Also, as in the western song of old,” “Thank God and Greyhound She’s Gone” (times two).

Shows you really cannot fool the people after all. Goes also to show that when it comes to elections, Whitman could not buy the governor’s office of California with her ill-gotten gains.

I also like to point out, when it comes to being elected to a political office, a Democrat is always a better choice than any one that the Republican Party has to offer!

Carl M. Ricard

Paso Robles

Can’t be bought

I’m proud of you, California. You proved them wrong. You proved that our state couldn’t be bought by two CEOs from Silicon Valley and a gaggle of gazillionaires from Texas.

Marilyn Rossa

Arroyo Grande

Votes not for sale

I am proud to be a Californian. We proved that California votes can’t be bought. If you want to run for office here, you need more than deep pockets to win. And our environmental policy is not for sale to Texas oil giants! Big and secret corporate money won in many races across the nation. But not here. Not in California.

I’m proud to be a Californian.

Christine Ahern

Los Osos

Got to pay

Picking up the newspaper, I read the headline, “Brown, Boxer beat big money ” (Nov. 3), in all caps, mind you. I commend the fact that these self-made women drove their own campaigns. They took financial responsibility for their choices to run for office.

 What is wrong with that? Where did the work ethic go? Does anyone remember the saying, “You reap what you sow?” Oh yeah, in this day and age, the individual does not have to take responsibility for their future, the state will take care of me and my kids. Sadly, this is becoming the norm.

For those of us who don’t look to the government for our well-being and just work harder, hopelessness creeps in yet again. Someone’s got to pay, right? As usual, we reward people for bad behavior instead of good.

Deborah Hansen

Grover Beach

True guardian

The words thank you are inadequate to express my heartfelt gratitude to so many caring and generous people who felt that my and Cinnamon’s story had merit (“The story of Cinnamon, a true guardian dog,” Sept. 30). Thanks to so many, I will get my new dog, Epie, on Nov. 4 and she will immediately begin to help with my diabetes issues. Please know that each and every one of you holds a special place in my heart.

I must especially recognize the Coastal Dance and Music Academy, Suzanne and Ron Eisworth and Jennifer VanderSmith for recognizing a special story and printing it in The Tribune.

Thanks also to Linda Hardy of Animal Services whose efforts brought our story to the attention of Cloud Star Corp. whose incredible generosity of $2,500 has made the Nov. 4 date possible. To Dave Congalton, SESLOC and Carol Dee of Act II Boutique and other women business owners in Arroyo Grande who will be hosting a final fundraiser Saturday.

Anyone who would like to meet Epie, please join us on Tuesday at The Kilt in San Luis Obispo from 5 to 8 p.m. We would like to thank each of you personally.

My goal is to repay the generosity of spirit by paying it forward and continuing Cinnamon’s legacy through therapy work and educational outreach.

Ilona Jill Meza

Shell Beach