Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 1/17

Katcho’s pledge

Thank you for focusing light on Katcho Achadjian’s self-serving behavior regarding the “no new tax” pledge (“Achadjian’s approach disappointing,” Jan. 12). As you rightly pointed out, Achadjian has made a pledge to be inflexible on the tax issue without any debate and with no regard for changing circumstances.

This inflexibility, on any issue, is what causes the deadlock and dysfunctional behavior of our government. He has now made himself part of the problem.

But what is more galling is that he didn’t make this pledge to his constituents, he made it to a registered lobby group in Washington, D.C.!

So now we have an assemblyman who won’t make any pledges to us, his constituents, but will make them to a Washington lobbyist. Nice!

I guess if we really want to know what Achadjian stands for, we should look up Grover G. Norquist and his Americans for Tax Reform lobbying group.

Patrick Moloney

Los Osos

The left’s hypocrisy

Now that the left has tried to capitalize on the tragic shootings in Arizona by a crazed gunman, do people see the hypocrisy of the left? Rantings on the Internet and in the left-leaning media have all but blamed Sarah Palin and talk radio for the actions of a sick individual who never listened to talk radio.

Remember President Barack Obama saying, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” and calling Republicans the enemy when talking about illegal immigration?

Which side is instigating violence? Which side is spewing vitriol? It’s obvious to me that the left, and a lot of Democrats, are hypocrites.

What happened to not rushing to judgement, such as when the Fort Hood shooter killed so many and we weren’t supposed to blame Muslims? Where was Obama’s moment of silence for those tragically shot and killed on our own military base?

Henry Hafliger

Arroyo Grande

Appalling salary

I was astounded to see a report that Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent designate, John Deasy, will be receiving a salary of $330,000, $80,000 more than the New York City schools chancellor.

How can that be? He is a rookie. This during a time of extreme stress that will surely see cuts in nearly all the rank and file employees.

The Los Angeles Unified School District board never seems to miss an opportunity to slap their employees in the face!

Robert Matano


The greedy prevail

Well, the holidays are over, and people are paying off their credit cards. The economy is a mess, and people’s paychecks are smaller due to furlough days and budget cuts. Some folks are losing their homes.

But the cost of gas is rising, the Atascadero Mutual Water Co. is raising rates, and insurance rates are rising.

Only in America, where the greedy prevail.

Ronald Mac


Words from King

Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Mothers for Peace believes that peace comes first between individuals, extending out to communities and then to nations. We would like to offer the following from Dr. King on this day of his birth.

“When evil men (and women) plot, good men (and women) must plan.

“When evil men (and women) burn and bomb, good men (and women) must build and bind.

“When evil men (and women) shout ugly words of hatred, good men (and women) must commit themselves to the glories of love.

“Where evil men (and women) would seek to perpetuate an unjust status quo, good men (and women) must seek to bring into being a real order of justice.”

Elizabeth Apfelberg

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace

Best wishes, Knadler

James Knadler was my Tribune deliveryman. I could set my clock by his daily 4 a.m. delivery. After 15 years of delivering The Tribune in Atascadero and Templeton, Knadler has retired. Jan. 2 was his last day of faithfully wrapping and delivering newspapers to more than 500 subscribers on his large route. After all, he turned 85 on Jan. 11.

Knadler started delivering papers at age 70 for “something to do,” after retiring from a 33-year teaching and administrative career in Chowchilla and San Luis Coastal school districts. He graduated in dairy husbandry and agriculture from Cal Poly in 1951 and taught in Chowchilla for 13 years and then San Luis Coastal. He was dean of boys and head counselor at San Luis Obispo High School, the principal of Adult Education and his last position was teacher of agriculture and social science at Laguna Middle School.

When asked what he liked most about his newspaper route, Knadler replied, “I appreciate the kindness and consideration that the subscribers have, which is like an extended family. There are several that walk in the morning and stop and greet me. Also, my colleagues, the other paper carriers, who I will miss very much.”

Knadler says he looks forward to spending more time in his greenhouse tending his 300 orchids. As a member of the Orchid Society, he notes with enthusiasm, “There is always more to learn about orchids.”

Knadler told me, “Jan. 2 will be a hard day.” It was a hard day for his many customers, too, who have counted on him for consistent and punctual delivery of their Tribune newspaper for many years. Farewell, Knadler. Best wishes in your retirement, and thank you!

Connie Pillsbury



In story after story about government spending, local authorities are quick to point out how most of the funding is from state or federal agencies and grants. It does not matter where the money comes from, it all comes from the same sources: taxpayers and government borrowing.

However, a dangerous effect of local governments depending on state and federal money was pointed out to us many years ago in a presidential address by Gerald Ford: “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have ... The course of history shows us that as a government grows, liberty decreases.”

I dread the day the governments loaning us money to fund all these grants exercise their power over us.

Greg Steinberger

Arroyo Grande

What we do

I come from the Midwest where we call when a neighbor’s livestock wanders onto our pastures.

Roger McGrath