Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 11/20

We are responsible

It seems that no matter who is in the government at the time, the officials are given credit or blame for things outside their control.

What good does it do the people if we continually blame whoever is in office for our troubles and elect a new scapegoat? This blame game contributes to a lack of governmental action out of fear that if something goes wrong, they will get the blame.

People need to accept responsibility for what is going on in the country. It is a government by the people. These officials are merely representations of what we vote for and bills that we initiate.

So in order to get what the people want out of the government, they must take their own actions and begin to see how they are the real source of the state of the country.

Taylor Lunsford


What sense?

I cannot believe what I read about the California Supreme Court allowing illegal immigrants to receive in-state college tuition rates (“State’s illegal immigrants keep tuition benefits,” Nov. 16). 

University of California colleges are sending recruiters to other states trying to get out-of-state students to come to California colleges at the out-of-state tuition rate in order to help with our budget crisis. Yet we give in-state privileges to illegal immigrants who can’t legally work here once they get a college degree. Please tell me what sense this makes?

Bob Lewis

Los Osos

Where are scanners?

I can relate to the recent Los Angeles Times editorial (“Shut up and be scanned,” Nov. 18), having been the subject of such “groping” three times in the past two weeks on flights taken right after the new screening went into effect.

I have a metal knee, so I am always subject to the search. I have been through the procedure many times in past years, but the new procedure is awful to both the traveller and TSA agent (I cannot imagine how they could be thrilled by it)!

I would be very happy to be able to go through the new scanner, as opposed to the very invasive new pat down method, but can you show me where the scanners are? I have not seen one in operation at any airport I have travelled in the past few years, even major airports.

The new procedure practically has you undress in front of spectators. All I could think about was the embarrassment to both parties involved if a person were extremely heavy or otherwise handicapped.

I certainly understand the necessity of screening and was always happy to submit, but now I dread my next trip. I hope a solution to this horror will be developed soon.

Susan M. Oberholtzer