Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 11/28

Vote the qualities

After reading Susie Schleppenbach’s letter to the editor, I was wondering if her words “uppity,” “wingnuts,” “mean-spirited,” “selfish,” “elitist,” “pompous” and “ignorant” don’t speak volumes about how she perceives the world (“Misplaced priorities,” Nov. 24).

Throwing around such platitudes and then writing “never will I vote for a Republican,” as if all Republicans think alike, is blatantly prejudicial. Shouldn’t we be voting for the best possible candidates, irrespective of their party? And for clarification, I am a lifelong Democrat.

A.B. Solomon


Choleric election

What appears to me to be the most ominous characteristic regarding this choleric election of November is the power of the media and moneyed thugs in twisting statements repeated daily to appear as the truth.

Another aspect, and equally inexorable, is how the competing Republicans where able to mangle President Barack Obama’s policies without presenting any creative programs of their own.

And yet another sinister point is the increasing control of that creeping malady that is the power of huge corporations and banks, helped by the Supreme Court. A step toward fascism?

Those who a naïve public advanced into Congress will certainly create a medley of confused issues without advancing any reasonable programs to clear up the vast number of problems in extant, many began during the last administration. There will also be a disturbing drive to alter the environmental issues that are so much a part of our country and of the world.

W. R. Cole

Arroyo Grande

Fill the potholes

According to a Nov. 4 Tribune article, Paso Robles City Council members voted to spend $1,400 on a study regarding installation of stop signs at 36th and Oak streets (“Paso considers new stop signs”).

Explanation of the need for such signs indicates it is quite appropriate due to potential right-of-way conflicts, traffic congestion, the presence of school children and driver visibility problems. A no-brainer, right?

Surely the $1,400 could be better spent filling potholes. After cruising around the city, it appears to me that Putter Avenue has the worst of neighborhood street conditions in town.

Considering all the potholes and dirt-filled trenches along the street gutters, there is almost more dirt than pavement on the street! We can always tell when the street sweeper has come by as it leaves an obvious trail of pavement chunks.

When residents call the city, workers occasionally come out and fill two, or at best, three potholes, ignoring obvious others nearby! While this is a somewhat out-of-the-way street, the residents here pay taxes just like everyone else.

M.J. Gibson

Paso Robles

Evening for children

It was 107 degrees in San Luis Obispo on Sept. 26 and yet our warm and giving community supported the Central Coast Funds for Children’s 19th annual Soup Supper.

“Once upon a time” was our theme and we told stories of how children in need in San Luis Obispo have had their lives affected by the many nonprofit organizations we have supported since 1994.

The event was such a special evening and possible only because so many individuals and businesses gave so generously of their time and money. The group’s effort raised more than $20,000.

Central Coast Funds for Children is committed to nurturing the organizations in our community that have children as their No. 1 priority. Thank you to all for your support and generosity.

Bonnie Brinton and Ann Hansen

2010 Soup Supper co-chairs

Magnum farce

‘Go ahead. Touch my junk. Make my day.” Dirty Harry in line at the airport.

Henry Schaufus

San Luis Obispo

They can tell

Israel is a master at self-protection and they don’t do invasive body searches or have million dollar X-ray machines at their airports. They caught a terrorist simply by looking in his eyes, to see his thoughts, not his conditioner. They can tell when someone is up to no good.

Once when I was leaving Mexico, the car ahead of me was getting scrutinized very closely, but they hardly looked at us. When I asked why, they answered, “We can tell.”

The Israelis wouldn’t do intensive pat-downs, terrorizing small children and grandmothers who have never been found to be terrorists. At the moment, the terrorists have won.

Paula Nixon

Paso Robles

It’s only your body

In addition to all the hassles of flying these days, now you have the problem of either being felt up or having a naked picture of you being taken and analyzed to see if you’re a terrorist. I feel their procedures aren’t going to work.

What is the big problem? Americans are too uptight about their bodies. Maybe we should adopt more of a nudist lifestyle and not make such a big deal about the human body. Everyone has one.

If you are worried about your rights being taken away, that has already happened with the Patriot Act. (Has everyone forgotten already?) Flying is not a right, it’s a privilege.

Maggie Brown

Pismo Beach

Why the extra expense?

I recently renewed my passport. About a month later, I received an envelope in the mail containing my new passport, some passport information and a form telling me my new passport was approved and sent. My original passport was not enclosed.

On the following Monday, I received another envelope (with $.61 postage) containing my old passport and the same form I received two days previously telling me my passport was approved and sent.

Why the extra expense of time, energy and paper to mail the passports separately? Another example of wasteful government spending.

Norene K. Cantella

San Luis Obispo