The answer for America does not lie in toning down our political rhetoric, but rather in our ability and civic obligation to disassociate violence from any and all genuine opinions, no matter how incorrect or offensive they may seem to some.
The violence and lack of genuineness we sadly see is a result, at least in large part, of Americans being truth-deprived, a form of psychological abuse. Thus, we, as a people and government, must choose morality over special interests and abandon game-playing for transparency if we are ever to meaningfully move forward as a culture.
Take a cue
As I listened to President Barack Obama’s speech in Tucson, I felt he might well be the best president we have ever had.
Who the heck should care where he was born if he can bring that kind of eloquence to our nation in a time of need?
I hope people will take the cue and bring their political discourse down to a more respectful and civil level. I am especially disgusted by some of the far right’s media voices who are fomenting anger only to serve their own ratings.
I worked in Washington, D.C., and I know it’s a different world, but I want a Congress that solves problems instead of slinging arrows at those across the aisle. Maybe this will finally be a wake-up call for all of us.
San Luis Obispo
Info on issues
In the face of the tragedy in Tucson, could the newspapers and magazines forgo the daily “broccoli is good, fried foods are bad, lose weight” articles?
Please give us information on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental health issues so that parents and teachers can recognize and report such problems, even in the face of cutbacks in mental health budgets.
It is beyond comprehension how some can, with a straight face, make an impossible causal link between the Tucson tragedy and the political actions of their ideological opponents.
As of the time I wrote this letter, there wasn’t one iota of evidence showing that the alleged Tucson shooter ever read, heard or was otherwise influenced to act by anyone being so charged by the unhinged among us.
What is it that has caused some people to seek political advantage from a tragedy by embarrassing themselves and creating divisiveness in our country with wild assertions unsupported by any evidence?
Sarah Palin, if you look around, you’ll observe that you are standing in a deep hole with a shovel in your hand.Please keep digging.
San Luis Obispo
On Dec. 31, Michael Nowak and the San Luis Obispo Symphony presented their first New Year’s Eve concert at the Performing Arts Center featuring a stellar performance by the lovely “Living Rose” Maria Jette.
That same evening, the completely sold-out house was introduced to a budding professional pianist, Alexander Kato-Willis, one of our talented, homegrown musicians. Kato-Willis delivered a sensitive performance of the Andante movement from Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21. It is so very gratifying to know that our small, but musically inclined, community can produce such skilled musicians.
This remarkable young performer’s musical interests extend beyond the often-played repertoire of the classical genre. Since the early age of 6, Kato-Willis has enjoyed the art of classical improvisation, spontaneously creating a piece of music during live performances.
On Jan. 29, the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo will present the Rotary Arts Honors at the Performing Arts Center honoring five local arts leaders: John Battalino, Michael Nowak, Jill Anderson, Barbara Hoff and Suzy Miller.
Featured on the program will be our young pianist Alexander Kato-Willis. Kato-Willis, the Peterson family and our entire community bless you for dreams that have been fulfilled and future ones resting in the wings.
San Luis Obispo
Dog at risk
Recently, I was driving north on Broad Street in San Luis Obispo near the airport when I noticed that the car ahead of me had a medium-sized dog in the back seat. The dog was leaning out the open window with half his little body outside the car and his front paws braced on the window frame.
If the car hit a bump or had to stop suddenly, this poor dog would lose his footing and fall headfirst into the traffic from a car going about 40 mph. This was just so irresponsible that it made me angry. If I had been a cop, I would have pulled the driver over and taken her to jail for animal abuse. All I could do was pull alongside of her car and when we stopped at a stoplight, I lowered my passenger’s window and shouted at the woman to “get your dog back inside your car.”
But she just stared at me, totally clueless about the risk to her little dog. She should be in jail.
For at least the last seven years, if not longer, the consecutive boards of supervisors have heard complaints from the shelter volunteers about poor conditions at the San Luis Obispo County animal shelter. This is in contrast to the positive picture painted by the director and some staff.
The employees, who stay mainly in their offices, possibly have their jobs on the line. The volunteers (I was one of them) who work closely with the animals have nothing to gain personally. They only seek improved conditions for the animals. Supervisors: Get a clue! Who are you going to believe?