Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 1/11

Truth hurts

Wow! There it is in black and white, clearly articulated. From Bob Herbert’s column (“Get ready for a GOP rerun,” Jan. 6), a basic political truth: “It was ever thus. The fundamental mission of the GOP is to shovel ever more money to those who are rich.” And there’s more: “This is a party that has mastered the art of taking from the poor and middle class and giving to the rich.”

This question has bothered me for a long time. How is it that many of these same poor and middle-class folk are again and again fooled into voting for this same GOP? A cynical observer might have a very depressing answer.

It seems that Republican politicians, much more so than Democrats, have cleverly taken advantage of one simple political reality, which is (to paraphrase H.L. Mencken) that no politician ever lost an election by underestimating the intelligence of the American voter. Sometimes, the truth hurts.

Will Power

Arroyo Grande

A telling first vote

Looks like our new Congress just had their first vote. Since the Republicans want to repeal the new health care act, the Democrats put up a proposal that would require members of Congress to disclose if they will be accepting health care from the government for themselves and their families.

Sounds fair to me. Guess what? Every Republican on the floor, including all the new members, voted no or refused to vote. Looks like hypocrisy is well and living in the Republicans and the tea party members. Good job, voters, and good luck.

Jacqueline Bosanko

Paso Robles

Giffords targeted

Regarding Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords being shot by a gunman in Tucson: Giffords was on Sarah Palin’s targeted list, with her district depicted in the crosshairs of a gun sight.

Jesse Kelly, Giffords’ challenger, urged supporters to remove Giffords by shooting a loaded M-16 rifle. Kelly’s spokesman said, “I don’t see the connection.”

Let me get this straight: Palin and Kelly urge supporters to shoot Giffords, someone does, and they don’t see the connection? What?  

Irene Kooi Chadwick

Arroyo Grande

Valuable water

On Wednesday, the Oceano Community Services District will discuss selling a large amount of acre-feet of the water that is allocated to Oceano to Arroyo Grande and Pismo Beach. This sale will net Oceano a one time fee for water to these communities for life.

If we in Oceano let this happen, we will stop any opportunity for further growth because of our limited water supply. In the West, water is king.

If we sell water to our neighbors, it should be on a yearly basis and with a sale price that will benefit the people of Oceano. The proceeds should be used to reduce the cost of water to the people of Oceano. Come to the meeting at the Oceano Community Services District on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Terry Sweetland