Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 2/10

Action for ASH

By its basic nature, life at Atascadero State Hospital has always consisted of working through crises. ASH receives the most desperate and alienated patients from the jails, prisons and general society in California.

How the hospital controls them is crucial, but even more so is how it reaches them. Structuring of their lives and medications help, but more so, the leadership of a strong therapeutic community is essential.

From reports in the press, it is increasingly apparent that ASH is going downhill and that the initiative of the Department of Justice is foundering. In the past, ASH’s troubles have called for action by the governor. Such a time is now.

Joseph Abrahams

San Luis Obispo

Follies tickets

Thanks to Judy Salamacha for highlighting “Divas and Crooners,” the fourth annual Morro Bay Fundraiser Follies in her column, but unfortunately, our ticket prices increased this year, as did our production costs (“There’s plenty to do in February,” Feb. 7).

Adult tickets are $15 and tickets for students with identification are still $5. Tickets are available now at the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Senior Center.

It’s still a great deal for some terrific entertainment, so we hope to see you there!

Janice Peters

Morro Bay

Plenty of ways

There are plenty of effective ways to stop school bullying, like criminal prosecution and home-schooling, but none made it into The Tribune’s recent story by Linda Lewis Griffith (“Bullying is not to be ignored,” Feb. 4).

I couldn’t keep a straight face while reading her “solutions” for dealing with bullying. Role-playing? Dialogue with the victim? You have to be kidding.

I know of an incident where a teen was attacked and thrown into a Dumpster and the school staff’s response was a token suspension for the bully and the victim!

Social conditions on campus are toxic and getting worse, yet public school officials wish to keep their heads in the sand. Perhaps they believe it is acceptable for kids to accumulate lifetime fears and emotional scars.

If we are to deal with this escalating scourge, victims are going to have to march into principals’ offices with a cop on one side and a lawyer on the other and make bullying too costly for schools to ignore. And if they still don’t get it, we need to take our kids out of their schools and provide options that are safe, positive and healthy.

Bruce Curtis

Los Osos