In his letter to the editor (March 3), Otis Page asserted that Gov. Jerry Brown “was elected ... because of the union vote.”
How quickly we forget an important fact. Meg Whitman donated $142 million to her own campaign while Gov. Brown raised a total of $30 million. The “government unions” also contributed to Meg Whitman’s campaign.
Mr. Page asks, “What will Gov. Brown do ... will he choke the economy by ignoring the pension issue?” I have your answer, Mr. Page. Gov. Brown addressed a gathering of police chiefs in Orange County recently and said, “If you want to stabilize the pension system, we need a lot of people working until they are 72. I know some of you might not be ready for that but we’re going to have to deal with pensions. That’s going to be part of the program.”
It should also be noted that the budget deficit was $21 billion when Gov. Davis was recalled at the start of his second term in the middle of the “dot com” bust. It was $25 billion (after a $15 billion bond issue) when Gov. Schwarzenegger left office after two terms. I didn’t hear anyone calling for his recall.
Lee Van Leeuwen
San Luis Obispo
Don’t miss ‘Lynch’
Filmmaker Rick Ray’s “Lynching Charlie Lynch” was compelling, engrossing and scandalous.
This stunning documentary premiered at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, and board president Paul Metchik is to be congratulated on the selection. The film will also be screened at the Palm Theater at 8:30 tonight and should not be missed.
Charlie Lynch is a victim who evokes our compassion and sympathy and the film makes former sheriff Pat Hedges looks like a first cousin of Darth Vader. We all like to believe we live in a fair and just society. To see this illusion shattered in Ray’s film is frightening.
Mike and Cindy Liebo
Watching the Fox channel has never been my favorite indoor sport. The other day, however, I was watching clips of the various Fox “talking heads” discuss teachers’ salaries and retirement benefits. Their conversation centered on the belief that teachers only want money, which is why they want unions — to get every possible dollar.
I was angry with the Fox people for implying that teachers are only in it for the money. Then I remembered the old 1890s songs about girls that became men’s mistresses. The titles: “She is Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage,” and “She Is More to be Pitied Than Censured,” because they were willing to sell themselves in exchange for pretty cages.
I will pity rather than censure the Fox channel on the subject of teachers. These commentators will never see the light go on in a student’s eyes when the lesson is mastered. They will never see students’ eagerness to learn. They will never have the satisfaction of a constructive job well done.
My opinion is they suppose what teachers want is what they themselves want: more and more money. And the Fox channel people are willing to say anything for their pretty cages.