Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 1/13

Spook fear valid

Back in the early 1980s, I kept my gelding on the Walter Warren Ranch. One day, Warren told me about a lone zebra that wandered onto the pasture. He told me the horses took one look at the short, striped stranger and ran for their lives. The zebra was in hot pursuit. It was a stampede of thundering hooves down the mountain toward the barn.

Luckily, Warren was there and able to close the gate after the horses charged into the corral, separating the zebra from them. I was told the zebra was captured and returned to Hearst Ranch. I’d like to know how that was done. It couldn’t have been easy. Old timers used to say zebras kick faster than lightning strikes.

If horses are not conditioned to be around zebras, they may very well spook. As sad as this story is, personally it is without doubt that David Fiscalini had an emergency on his hands. Such drastic action would not have been taken had it not been so.

If Fiscalini horses had broken through the fence in an effort to flee, not only would these ranchers have lost the horses they depend on for their livelihood, it could have created an unspeakable situation on the highway.

Michele Oksen


Ridiculous charges

There isn’t one-tenth the space needed in this forum to provide the evidence disproving the completely ridiculous charges in Paul Krugman’s recent column blaming Sarah Palin and the right for the Tucson murders (“A political climate of hate,” Jan. 11).

The shootings were not Palin’s fault, nor was suspect Jared Loughner’s aggressive behavior in his junior college math class. Unless, of course, you also believe Palin is to be blamed for algebra.

If political speech was responsible for the killing spree, then why weren’t there a million homicidal rampages this weekend? We all have access to the same TV and radio broadcasts.

The movie depicting the assassination of President George Bush was heralded by the left as “art.” That irritated me, but I never once thought about or carried out a homicide.

Conservatives, Republicans and tea party members want all sides to be fully informed and be able to freely discuss the issues. Liberals, Democrats and progressives want to silence those who oppose them, to eliminate diversity of thought and censor conservative speech.

The left is attempting to use this tragedy, perpetrated by one mentally deranged individual, to shut down any political discussion except theirs. That is beyond contempt as well as dangerous.

Madalyn McDaniel


Nobel recipient

My wife and I look forward each week to Paul Krugman’s column. He provides a much-needed balance to the ever increasing influence of the corporate agenda in the national media.

Since he comments primarily on economic issues, it would be helpful if you could let your readers know that he is a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics.

Klaus Schumann

Paso Robles

Types of abuse

The article titled, “Abuse is never an option” (Jan. 7), helps shed light on physical abuse in relationships, but unfortunately, there are many different kinds of domestic violence that can be just as damaging. It is important to realize that other types of abuse such as emotional, verbal, financial, spiritual, sexual and psychological exist in many relationships.

The article also perpetrates the myth that women are always the victims and men are always the batterers. According to our local women’s shelter, 20 percent of the victims they serve are men.

Your effort to educate the public is appreciated, however, it is important that people get a comprehensive idea of what domestic violence really is, instead of further reinforcing the myth that physical abuse is the only type and that women are always the victims.

Shannon Rangel

Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention Center crisis services coordinator

Acting like sheep

Often those who lie and promote agendas of fear and hate are good at it. They can yell fire when there is none and sheeplike followers will actually smell the nonexistent smoke and act accordingly.

Duane Waddell


Too much government

Enough of all the accolades for Betty Winholtz. I agree that she is an educated and experienced politician with good intentions for whatever government she would work for.

I, however, took exception to the cost to the city by her opposition to renovating Morro Bay state park and her delaying its improvement and opening for a year. As it stands, the park, having been renovated, is much more desirable to campers and has maintained its forested beauty.

My biggest complaint, however, is the city ordinance sponsored by Winholtz and Janice Peters that took away the property rights of humans by not allowing owners to remove trees or even trim them because a bird “may” want to build a nest in it.

Talk about taking away citizens’ rights. Too much government.

Gil Rivera

Morro Bay

Pause before undoing

Hopefully, the House of Representatives will give pause in its new agenda to undo the health care bill. While 46 million Americans are currently uninsured, congressmen receive some of the best health services in the country and the taxpayers pay $2 million to support their health insurance. They are covered from the first day on the job and cannot be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions. Yet they are considering taking away that right from American citizens.

I use the word “right” because it is my opinion that our nation was founded upon our right to decent health care. Our forefathers went to war against Britain to ensure that right.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

People of all ages are dying in the United States each year because they cannot afford health care. I plead to the nation’s leaders to work together to ensure that good health care is available for all.

Donald J. Funk

Paso Robles