I got an e-mail from Congressman Kevin McCarthy. Maybe you did, too, if you e-mailed him about repeal of health care reform. It contains at least two factual errors, according to Factcheck.org.
1. McCarthy says a study by the National Federation of Independent Business said that 1.6 million jobs would be lost under health care reform. But that study was of a hypothetical question, which is significantly different from the provisions of health care reform.
For example, it does not take into consideration that all employers with fewer than 50 employees are exempt from providing health insurance.
A study by the Lewin Group concludes job losses would be minimal and at least partially offset by job creation in health care and insurance.
2. McCarthy says there would be cuts in Medicare benefits under health care reform. There are no cuts in Medicare benefits, only cuts in expenses which do not include cuts in benefits or cuts in pay for doctors.
Protect our students
The Cayucos School Associated Student Body needs your help. We are working hard, along with Friday Night Live, to get new anti-cyber-bullying legislation written. California has one new, but limited, anti-cyber-bullying law. We need one that covers all cyber-bullying.
Our school, like every school in North America, has bullies. With technology, bullying is easier than ever, with no real consequences. California’s education code is not enough to deter bullies or bring justice to victims.
Please write to Sen. Sam Blakeslee and let him know you share our concern for California’s students and encourage him to write new legislation to help protect them.
Cayucos School ASB
Friday Night Live
No study needed
Why on Earth did it take a “study” to inform dog owners that kissing the mouth of something that licks its nether regions and noses other dogs’ derrieres is a bad idea (“Too close for comfort,” Jan. 31)? This may be cute to some on “America’s Home Videos,” but it is disgusting to many of us.
Jon A. Hartz Sr.
No DUI arrests?
After observing on KSBY news the statistics from a DUI stop in Santa Maria, I have come to a conclusion.
Because there were zero persons arrested for driving under the influence, but 15 undocumented immigrants cited for not having a driver’s license, the DUI should not stand for “driving under the influence,” but rather it should stand for “discriminatory undocumented immigrant” stops.
David E. Murray
San Luis Obispo’s city finances are not sustainable and the outlook is bleak with reduced services and staff layoffs. The City Council should consider our next special election as an excellent opportunity to resolve the structural deficiencies in our system.
The Financial Sustainability Task Force report states that more than 80 percent of the general fund is budgeted for staff compensation. The city cannot meet the needs of its citizens with only 20 percent discretionary funding.
I am requesting that the City Council step forward and place three measures on the ballot.
The first measure would shift the funding of the employee portion of retirement contributions from the city to the employee.
The second measure would have a second tier salary/retirement benefit for all new employees.
The third measure would modify or repeal binding arbitration.
Voters in the November 2010 elections passed similar ballot measures in multiple cities in California, therefore the City Council would not be treading in new territory. If you agree, please take the time to write or appear before the City Council to express your views.
San Luis Obispo
Unemployed citizens along the Central Coast should make a point of visiting the new Shandon rest stop on Highway 46 East.
The $3 million project was paid for with your tax dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, popularly known as the stimulus program. With unemployment in the state well over the national average, are refurbished rest stops what we really need? Three million dollars. Really?
There are approximately 14 rest stop renovation projects going on in the state and more planned.
A few construction companies must be happy, however, imagine what could have been done with these funds if they were directly given to Californians and their businesses.
Instead, this type of project becomes the poster child for a government that selects winners and losers while the rest of the private sector stands by as their tax dollars are flushed down the toilet (pun intended).
Stop placing blame
Public pensions have become the scapegoat of California’s budget crisis. After all, simple subtraction is all you need to “prove” the state deficit would go away if less money went to used-up public servants.
However, there’s no cause and effect established by this calculation. For instance, it could show that if public schools were eliminated, the state would be rich! Are our under-funded schools the cause of the deficit? Surely not.
What’s more, public pensions were established through good-faith negotiations. Negotiations involve give and take on both sides. Any given year, the state might see funding pensions as a better choice than giving raises, especially since they can look forward to borrowing from the money put aside for workers’ futures!
The real cause of our state and local budget problems is lost state revenue, not the secure future earned by state employees through good faith negotiations. Let’s stop placing blame on our public servants and begin seriously working to increase revenue in a creative and equitable manner.