Lack of parenting
After reading Steven Mintz’s (June 1) letter I would like to say thank you to the wonderful police officers at Cal Poly and President Jeffrey Armstrong for their concerns and efforts to address the recent assaults involving their students.
Mr. Mintz seems to believe that the officers failed to do their job because they couldn’t have “collected sufficient evidence in two weeks.” There are numerous professionals (particularly police officers) that can do their job accurately, efficiently and in a timely manner. Mr. Mintz implied that because no charges were filed that these officers and the school were clearly not doing their jobs. Since Mr. Mintz is obviously not a law enforcement officer and does not have facts about the cases then he should not make assumptions.
I completely disagree that this behavior is a result of exposure to the media. Kids are exposed to all types of inappropriate and unacceptable behaviors but the majority of them understand the difference between right and wrong and reality and fantasy.
The problem isn’t the media, it’s a lack of good parenting skills. The students involved in these incidents were all adults, not children. They should have learned from their parents about respect and responsibility long before they entered college.
San Luis Obispo
Just a fact of life
As long as the view persists that the victim of a sexual assault is never at fault, they will most assuredly continue. Generations of men have been brought up with the belief that if you are looking for sex that “candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.” Any young woman who goes to a party with a bunch of horny young men with the belief that she can drink all she wants without there being a risk of consequences is simply misguided.
I believe the reason that authorities are not prosecuting recent cases of so-called date rape of three drunken women is that a jury will conclude that the women involved gave implied consent for whatever happened. When a woman lets herself get so drunk that she can’t say “no,” she must accept responsibility for being a fool. The general public may be outraged by this comment, but this is a fact of life in the real world.
Porous debt ceiling
The debt ceiling is supposed to be the upper limit imposed by law on the amount of money that the U.S. government can owe. A hard cap on debt not to be exceeded. Since the “ceiling” has been raised 10 times since 2001, it is not a hard cap, but a very porous one.
Given the porous nature of the debt ceiling and no end in sight to the breaches, the public would be well served if Congress would pass a resolution to rename the debt ceiling the debt border.
San Luis Obispo