Jobs and taxes
Show us the jobs! No tax breaks for corporations or the wealthy until they show us the jobs. If that means more taxes for the rest of us, so be it.
Two things ought to be clear to all Americans. One, in spite of all the threats of pending doom and gloom for the economy, corporations posted the largest profits in history without creating jobs here in America. They neither need nor deserve a tax break. Certainly not until they start creating jobs.
Two, the budget deficit is the real problem. There are two ways to fix a deficit: tighten your belt and increase revenue. Republicans are fixated on the first and like to say that we, the average American, have had to tighten our belts so Congress should, too.
That’s true, we have had to tighten our belts. But who amongst us average Americans hasn’t sought to increase our revenue at the same time? Who hasn’t sought a raise or extra hours or a second job? We, as a nation, need to tighten our belts and increase our revenue through taxes.
We simply can’t afford to give tax breaks to people and corporations that don’t need them.
Find the killer
We are adding our plea to others who have voiced their distress in the knowledge that Kristin Smart’s disappearance is not yet solved after more than 14 years. Please make it a priority to do what it takes to find her killer and bring him to justice.
There will be no closure for Smart’s family ever, but there can be some comfort in knowing that everything is being done to find the person who did this and remove him from our society. Because this case has dragged on for so many years, it does not mean it is any less important.
On the contrary, it is even more important. Your resolve to move forward at this time will show your community and Smart’s family that no crime will go unsolved.
We could speak to what is just, fair and legally sound. But the truth is that finding her killer is the right thing to do. Please do all in your power to finish this with an arrest and a conviction.
Show your community, Smart’s family and those of us who love them and her that you hold only the very highest regard for all people, every single one.
Carla and Buzz Hoffman
A better lesson
Seems to me that Dave Morrow’s Cal Poly students would be better served and educated about the source of our food by going on a field trip to Harris Ranch (“Hunting in Humboldt,” Dec. 11).
It would be much safer than learning the same lesson during hunting season in Morro Bay.
Lynne D. Haley
I read with interest the article in The Tribune on Dec. 14 about plans for Kiev, Ukraine, to open the sealed zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor that exploded in 1986 to visitors who wish to learn more about the tragedy (“Ukraine to allow tourists at Chernobyl”).
According to the article and documentation of the accident, “hundreds of thousands of people were resettled from areas contaminated with radiation fallout in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Related health problems still persist.”
This happened a quarter of a century ago.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commissioners and the CEOs of utilities seeking to relicense nuclear reactors should be mandated to tour the Chernobyl area.