Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Responses to ‘A Liberal “Carol” ’

Dickens’ position

In response to Larry Bargenquast’s letter titled, “A liberal ‘Carol’ ” (Dec. 15): Charles Dickens lived in a society where there was a huge gap between the “haves” and “have nots” with no safety net for the multitudes less fortunate. In his writings, he railed against this inequality and the deplorable conditions many lived in.

Bargenquast accurately pointed out the many reincarnations of Ebenezer Scrooge today, but he missed mentioning the negative repercussions they impose on society. It took the ghost of Scrooge’s former business partner (now suffering the consequences of his past lifestyle) and three spirits to open Scrooge’s eyes to his evil ways and his heart to compassion.

He went on a shopping spree all right, to share his wealth with those less fortunate. If we were all compassionate and generous, willing to share what we have with those in need, there would be no need for the government to provide a safety net. Alas, that is not the kind of society we live in.

As a compassionate liberal pastor and co-president of Central Coast Clergy and Laity for Justice, I believe Christ came to teach us how to open our hearts to God’s love and share it with each other. Some of us are slow learners.

Rev. Susan Brecht


Inane blather

I have been fuming as to why The Tribune would publish such an inane piece of blather as Larry Bargenquast’s letter to the editor titled, “A liberal ‘Carol’ ” (Dec. 15). Mallard Fillmore couldn’t have written it better.

Slow news (letter) day? Someone thought it was humorous? Your staff got bored? Now I finally understand, it was to provoke well thought out, intelligent, well written letters of rebuttal.

Thank you Beryl Bennett, Jennifer Stover, Jim Carlisle and Sharyn Young for so well articulating my own thoughts.

David Sumi

San Luis Obispo