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Spending addiction

From the president of the United States to Congress, the state of California and down to our local cities, counties and schools, none of them gets it. They are all addicted to spending money they don’t have. In spite of the constant demands of the taxpayers to stop spending, our arrogant local, state and federal politicians continue to spend money like drunken sailors.

We give raises to CSU presidents while crying poor and raising student fees. We reward public servants with large severance packages in exchange for not suing us. We spend almost a trillion dollars on a bogus stimulus package that does nothing but pay back unions for helping the very politicians who are bankrupting us.

Now, they want to spend more money by “investing” in our infrastructure, which was supposed to be the reason for the first stimulus package. How gullible have we become to believe all this nonsense and keep electing the same irresponsible failures back to office?

Think about it: if you lost your job, were losing your house and your credit cards were maxed out, would you say to your family, “we need to spend more money to get us out of this hole we’re in?”

Allen Litten

Atascadero

Remembering Zinn

One year ago, we lost a great and relatively unknown American named Howard Zinn. A historian famous for his bestseller, “A People’s History of the United States,” Zinn spent an entire lifetime researching and writing American history from the perspective of the common man.

Most history we have been taught originated from the perspective of presidents, Congressmen, generals and captains of business. Zinn told the first-hand accounts of the Ford auto worker in the 1930s, the freed slaves in the Reconstruction South, the Revolutionary War soldier, the lady suffragettes and hundreds of other genuine American and previously unheard voices.

More importantly, Zinn was a great activist for civil rights in the 1960s and a key figure in the anti-war movement during the Vietnam war era.

With all that he accomplished, his greatest work may be the legacy of truth left for all who are concerned about their personal freedom and justice simply as citizens of the American government.

In the still-echoing words of the State of the Union address requesting more civility and collaboration in our legislative body, Zinn’s nonpartisan and objective perspective of the American experience may be more important than at any other time in our history.

Gary May

Atascadero

Nonsense

Give me a break, please. The economy stinks. Advertisement sales are tanking. Your newspaper is shrinking and then there are the incredible shrinking cartoon sizes. I almost needed a magnifier to read the text in “Peanuts” this morning.

And yet with all that, you take up space and bore us with what is usually found in weekly newspapers in small towns:  “What’s Your Emergency.” Couldn’t you fit some newsworthy piece into that space? Why waste it on nonsense?

James Harlow

Templeton

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