What will they do?
It is sad to see all the tea party birthers with nothing to do now that they have gone down in flames. I see them riding their elephants up and down the streets of San Luis Obispo, holding up traffic as they are not sure which way to turn.
When I told a few of them they were going against the flow, they just looked at me with big sad eyes. Maybe they could start a new group called the GPA (grade point average) Group and check up to see how President Obama got into Harvard at least that might keep them off the streets.
David B. Williams
Military used as pawns
How nice to see First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden taping public service announcements on Sesame Street, asking “all Americans to support military families,” (April 19). It is too bad that Michelle did not so advise her husband (presumably an American) before he promised to hold back military paychecks if the government had to shut down. This Chicago-style tactic was a completely unnecessary piece of political gamesmanship designed to help him get his way by threatening the very same military families with unneeded hardship. These people have no shame.
Jon A. Hartz, Sr.
Ayn Rand shrugged
About the Ayn Rand “I’m it — you’re not fit” advice: I don’t believe it should be passed on to any hopeful basketball teams. (Or hardly anywhere else, for that matter.)
J. B. Thomas
Hitler killed Christians
Regarding Dan Krieger’s column about holocaust survivor Helena Weinrauch (April 24), he writes: “This Holocaust Remembrance Program is a reminder of the terrible price paid by nearly six million human beings for the intolerant beliefs of a self-avowed ‘Christian’ Europe.”
This statement makes the Christians of Europe complicit in the Holocaust. In fact, after the Reichstag fire and the passage of the Enabling Acts, Hitler assumed dictatorial powers and launched an attack against the Catholic Church. The Catholic Center Party was forced to disband, its members were imprisoned, and the editor of Catholic Action was murdered after speaking against the Nazis. Christian Trade Unions were banned and the Editors’ Law closed hundreds of Catholic newspapers. Catholic youth organizations were banned and members forced into the Hitler Youth. Anyone speaking out against the Nazi state was arrested and sent to a concentration camp.
Hitler then invaded Christian Poland. He killed or imprisoned the Polish intelligentsia, closed all schools, churches, etcetera. Five and a half million Poles were killed by Hitler: 31⁄2 million were Jews, the rest Christian.
It is fashionable to distribute blame, but the fact remains that the Holocaust, World War II, and its carnage came from the mind of Adolf Hitler.
T. A. Hughes
Lovely tribute to Peggy Peterson by Bill Morem.
I first met Peggy almost 30 years ago when she would come into our store to chat with and solicit donations from my then-boss. Sometimes it was laughing, sometimes it was more serious, but I was amazed how often she left with a check.
As a twenty-something clerk, I pictured myself as just part of the background. I was surprised to find that no matter where or when I ran into her, Peggy always took my hand and knew just who I was. For a young person in a new community, this imparted confidence as well as admiration.
As I got to know her better through the years, she has been an inspiration as to how to serve. One of my friends was involved in fundraising for the Clark Center. As a newcomer to our county, she told me she had paid a visit to Peggy Peterson to “learn at the foot of the Master.” Peggy leaves us not only the legacy of her efforts, but lives on in the inspiration she gave to others.
The far-right extremists who have taken over the GOP are showing their true colors. The bullying, power-drunk party of “no” threatened shutdown of the U.S. government to push us back into recession.
Why? Is it about reducing the deficit? No. The wimpy Democrats have given them everything they asked for. But that’s not enough.
Now they demand the abolition of a woman’s right to choose.
The party that got back in power with talk of “liberty” now wants to strip the liberties of half the population. The party that says it wants small government wants to make every woman’s body the property of the state. The GOP appears to want nothing less than a religio-fascist state that can provide an endless supply of cheap, uneducated labor for foreign billionaires like the ones who own Fox News.
Anne R. Allen
Blessings to helpers
Recently at the Food 4 Less grocery store, I had an encounter with two good people!
As I walked to my car (with a full basket of stuff — not cakes and goodies), a young woman approached me and asked if she could help put the groceries into my car. She did — I didn’t pick up but maybe one bag.
Then a young man approached my car and noticed my windshield was dirty and asked if he could clean it so I could see. Yes, I wear glasses!
He then suggested I pull into the nearby gas station where he followed and washed and dried the glass.
Wow! That looked so much better when he was through.
So, I want to thank those two young ones. (I’m 83 years old.)
There is thoughtfulness in our young generation. May they be blessed and well wherever they may walk.