Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 1/21

Nail on the head

Though compelled to respond to Paul Krugman’s recent mania, I was hopeful for a response more appropriate than mine.

It was therefore with pride and relief that I read Charles Krauthammer’s recent commentary (“Massacre, followed by libel,” Jan. 14). While he did not directly rebuke Krugman for his libelous comments about Sarah Palin, Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck, he did (so to speak) hit the nail on the head!

Ed Mattocks

San Luis Obispo

Teaching the truth

Thank you Leonard Pitts Jr., Kathleen Parker and Julia Skillin for your intellect regarding censoring of Huck Finn (“Censoring ‘Huck Finn’ is wrong, wrong, wrong,” Jan. 9, “Mark Twain would find editing offensive,” Jan. 10 and “Mark Twain’s intentions,” Jan. 16).

Ernest Hemingway said, “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.” Twain was the first American writer to establish the written word in the contemporary vernacular.

He did this to portray reality of the day and the pure shame of it, a shame that would not be addressed until the 1950s and 1960s. Twain used the prevailing religious beliefs of his time to illustrate its hypocritical cruelty.

Remember when Huck had to make the decision to either return Jim to his master or help him escape? If he chose the latter, he would be stealing, which was a sin, thereby sentencing himself to hell. He chose hell.

To teach history is to teach the truth — the good, the bad and the ugly.

Craig Kelso

Paso Robles

True compassion

True compassion, according to Steve Caminiti in his letter, is defined as socialized health care and unlimited funding of a slew of social welfare programs, no matter the efficacy of such programs nor the financial toll on those of us trying to make it on our own (“Emotional moments,” Jan. 19). I disagree.

True compassion is a personal characteristic that is manifested in many ways. More and bigger government programs do not equate to a more compassionate society, but more of us exhibiting greater compassion to our fellow citizens does make for a more compassionate society.

Clearly, Caminiti longs for the days of former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and those days may return in two short years if Speaker John Boehner and his new majority don’t get to work solving America’s problems. But who is Caminiti to judge the authenticity of another man’s emotions?

Seems to me that Caminiti would be well advised to consider following some of his own advice (less booze, seek therapy and pop some anti-depressants).

Marc Brazil

San Luis Obispo

Making connections

How apropos — The Tribune headline on Jan. 16 about the foreclosure jungle and a photo of House Speaker John Boehner weeping for joy because he has a job and his home won’t be one of the thousands foreclosed on this year.

Realistic? Subliminal? Subconscious? Great! I am keeping this one as a reminder for the next election day. Thanks for keeping me smiling.

Katie Phillips

Arroyo Grande

Time to remember

On Saturday, I will set time aside and remember all the unborn children not given a choice and pray for all women whose choice of “mandatory motherhood” was not in their best interests, as well as those who succumbed to a back street butcher during a botched-up abortion.

I will celebrate all three children of Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe) who were still protected under the Constitution almost 40 years ago and the millions of others who are alive today because women chose (no matter what the circumstance) to give life to all those seeking to be born.

We will have come a long way when a woman takes responsibility for her actions and that includes not having to make the decision whether a baby lives or is aborted under the auspices of protecting the planet, interfering with her freedom or just an inconvenience in her life.

As long as I can remember, times on planet Earth have been uncertain, but that didn’t stop us from being born or from welcoming the thought of a new baby entering this world of uncertainty.

Monica Lee

Los Osos