The Associated Press news analysis regarding “the just concluded lame-duck Congress” expressed the judgment that “the GOP either defied what most Americans want or followed their own will ... oblivious to the direction most people wanted lawmakers to take, as measured by public opinion polls (“Lame-duck Congress charts own course,” Dec. 26).
On the opposite page, your “California Tally for the week ending Dec. 22” shows that our local Congressman and soon-to-be third ranking member of the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, failed to vote on any of those bills favored by the public and passed by Congress. Draw your own conclusions.
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San Luis Obispo
Our founding rights
Since Donald Anderson’s letter (“Sex not for politics,” Dec. 22), the president has signed legislation repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell.” However, Anderson advocates a decision-making process for national policy that must be refuted. Anderson argues, “The deciding factor should be the effect on the rest of the troops and the ability to accomplish missions.”
Since when is it morally acceptable that one group of citizens can decide the rights of other fellow citizens? In our system of government, all citizens have the same constitutional rights. Nobody is empowered to take away other citizens’ basic rights, and that includes sexual orientation. This is hardly a novel constitutional interpretation.
In 1790, the father of our nation, George Washington, stated, “It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights.”
Another Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin, emphasized the same point in 1807: “Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.”
Shame on those of us who have forgotten the lessons taught by our Founding Fathers more than 200 years ago.
San Luis Obispo
Find Smart’s killer
I would like to echo the sincere hope of all of the friends, family and supporters who urge and plead and beg new Sheriff Ian Parkinson to actively and thoroughly make finding the killer of Kristin Smart a priority.
Fifteen years is too long to wait for closure. The pain of her loss will never leave us, but finding her killer can allow her to rest in peace.
Again, we can’t urge Sheriff Parkinson enough to bring this to an end.
Concern for geese
I am another citizen of San Luis Obispo County who is distressed by the fact that hunters are still allowed to shoot migrating geese as they travel over parts of Morro Bay.
To try and change this practice, others can join me in contacting the California Department of Fish and Game at www.dfg.ca.gov and San Luis Obispo County District 2 Supervisor Bruce Gibson at the county website, www.slocounty.gov.
The law will not be changed unless those who care about these magnificent animals voice their opinion.
Isn’t there enough senseless violence in this world already?
Fix Paso rain gauge
Thanks to the person who pointed out the inaccuracy of the Paso Robles rain gauge (“Check Paso gauge,” Dec. 29).
We live within a mile and a half of the airport and regularly see double or triple the amounts reported on The Tribune’s weather page.
Our neighbor’s results rarely differ from ours.
The Tribune’s report has been so inaccurate that we don’t pay any attention to it.
Perhaps the first letter will get some results. This letter is in support of rectifying the situation.
Check A.G. gauge too
I read with interest the letter from Alan Moore regarding the suspiciously low levels of rainfall in Paso Robles (“Check Paso gauge,” Dec. 29). He hopes that someone from the National Weather Service might be reading his letter and will respond to what is obviously an erroneous reading.
I am requesting that, in the interest of saving time and effort, this same person journeys to Arroyo Grande to check our measuring device. According to the season totals in the weather section of The Tribune, our neighboring cities, Pismo Beach and Grover Beach, have been blessed with 16.99 and 15.72 inches respectively, while we have a paltry 8.68.
Adding insult to injury, we started out with a season total of close to four inches. Then The Tribune reported that the last series of storms dumped 7.66 more inches, but the season total report says we still have only 8.68 inches. Something is not “adding up.”
Running from snow
As one of the largest blizzards to ever wallop the East Coast of the United States blew in and brought planes, trains and automobiles to an absolute standstill, the governor of New Jersey fought back vigorously.
Republican presidential candidate wannabe Gov. Chris Christie announced his plan: “I’m goin’ to Disney World!” No joke — he left his constituents buried up to their ears in snow, as “Snowmageddon” proved to be an even bigger blowhard than “Governor Wrecking Ball,” as Christie is affectionately known.
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is unable to step in and handle the declared state of emergency in New Jersey, as she is south of the border, down in sunny Mexico! “Merry Christmas y feliz ano nuevo, Snooki!”
D. Duane Wall II
I would like to take the time to thank the men and women of Caltrans who worked tirelessly throughout the days and nights during our recent storms.
I know there were others who did the same, but rarely do the hard-working employees of Caltrans get recognition for keeping our roads open during these powerful winter storms.
My hat is off to each of you — thank you for all you do.
The often intense storms recently remind us that nature is indeed powerful. Many residents were frustrated with the weather as it interfered with their holiday shopping and travel plans. Others were forced to cancel holiday parties and outdoor recreation.
While traveling outside the city limits on Highway 227 recently, I crossed several deep flooded areas and was delayed in the pouring rain by a mudslide and oak trees across the road. Caltrans road maintenance crews were out in rain gear posting the flooded areas and working as fast as possible to cut and remove the debris from the highway.
Waiting for the road to clear and watching these public servants work made me think of how lucky we are to have the standby maintenance employees for our roadways, our electricity, our water supplies and our general safety.
Thank you to the workers and to all those who make our lives better by working in terrible weather conditions so that we may stay safe, dry, warm and comfortable. Your jobs are not easy and often taken for granted by those who utilize your services the most.
I appreciate your dedication and hard work.
San Luis Obispo
A generous angel
We just wanted to acknowledge and say thank you to the Nucci’s angel for her kindness and generosity while we were dining at Nucci’s restaurant following the Cal Poly commencement recently.
Like many families that weekend, we were in town for our son’s graduation with other family members from all over California, Nevada and Utah. After dinner, we were sharing some stories and reminiscing about our son’s experiences, growth and maturity over the past four years while in San Luis Obispo. Unbeknownst to us, an angel was watching over us and took care of the entire check for all 13 of us.
To that kind, generous person, we all say thank you and God bless you and your family this holiday season.
Also, if you are ever in the Penn Valley/Grass Valley area of Northern California, we hope you look us up. We’d love to meet you and return the kindness.
Kevin and Lori Nelson
Serving our seniors
The Pismo Beach Home Instead Senior Care staff would like to thank The Tribune for getting the word out about our 7th annual “Be a Santa to a Senior” program. We’d also like to thank the San Luis Obispo Senior Nutrition Program as well as the Central Coast and Nipomo senior centers for their assistance in identifying seniors in need and handling many deliveries.
Some of our wonderful helpers were the offices of Drs. Leopold, Murphy and Main, Santa Lucia Bank of Grover Beach, the San Luis Obispo Surgery Center, KSBY and Pull Family Chiropractic.
Once again, the residents of our community have shown their generosity and thoughtfulness and made our holiday community service program a success.
The donations and efforts of our community have made sure many seniors in need who may have been overlooked have received a gift and companionship this holiday season.
We were able to provide 435 gifts to 145 seniors this season.
Thanks again to all those who helped brighten the holidays for seniors in our community.
Home Instead Senior Care president
Pajamas for all
Hundreds of children in San Luis Obispo County will have warm new pajamas to wear after this holiday season thanks to Central Coast Funds for Children, KJUG radio station and Golden One Credit Union, who together organized the hugely successful DJs for PJs event recently.
As coordinator of Abused Children’s Treatment Services, one of the organizations that received pajamas, I would like to personally thank everyone involved in the planning as well as those in the community who generously donated pajamas to this worthy cause.
Please know that your kindness has made a difference in a child’s life.
Abused Children’s Treatment Services coordinator