Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 6/5

Cuddy praised

Your Sunday papers carry columns by Bob Cuddy, Bill Morem and John Lindsey that are superior to those from major newspapers in the country.

Today, I’m referring to Bob Cuddy’s May 29 column on examining racism. Recently, a small group of white adults discussed the genesis of each of our automatic biases toward various religions within Christianity. I found it fascinating to explore the sources of our reactions.

It is similar to Mr. Miller’s classroom exploration of racism, and I recommend it to Muslim and Jewish communities to examine religionism, if I may coin the word.

Thanks Bob Cuddy.

Evelyn Cole

Arroyo Grande

Housing scam

Thomas Jefferson said: “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around (the banks) will deprive the people of all property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

More than 200 years ago, our third president made this startlingly prescient statement. Would that we had taken heed! How did not only we lay people but also the world’s foremost “experts” in the field fail to recognize the manipulation of the American economy through the housing market?

It’s time to take stock and take back what was taken from us in what has to be the biggest scam in history. I am heartened that class action suits are currently being filed against the banks and corporations that knowingly led us down this path of economic demise. If you are a victim of mortgage fraud and have lost your home to foreclosure, google “class action mortgage California.” If you are in the market for a foreclosure “deal,” as many are, caveat emptor (let the buyer beware). If the courts find that these foreclosed properties have been confiscated illegally, you might only be purchasing a piece of paper.

Rosann Balbontin


Not just for the rich

The May 31 letter ‘Monetary matters’ contains ideas which, if accepted, would be destructive. The writer is comfortable with the growing gap between “haves” and “have nots” in our country as long as return on his investments is maximized.

It is desirable that he study history. An economy that generously rewards the wealthy while workers are poorly paid ultimately leads to social upheaval. Our country was founded on the idea of general welfare and not welfare of the rich only.

Richard Placak makes ignorant statements about the role of executive bonuses. He believes that incentive bonuses are tied to executive performance. In reality, there is no correlation between executives’ performance and their bonuses. This is a proven fact: The Wall Street robbers whose firms had to be bailed out because their insatiable greed brought the U.S. economy to brink of total destruction are receiving bonuses amounting to tens of millions of dollars.

Zaf Iqbal

San Luis Obispo

Swim on weekends

On Monday, May 30, The Tribune published an Associated Press article headline that shared, “Cuts to summer programs may keep kids home.”

The Morro Bay Community Pool Foundation recognizes how important summer programs are for kids and families. So we are excited to announce that our foundation is sponsoring free weekend lap swimming at Hardie Pool, Cayucos, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.

Our sponsorship provides everyone with free lap swimming every weekend this summer through Aug. 28, except June 12 when it will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. If you support our cause, please help us to sponsor free recreational swimming for the kids this summer by donating at www.morrobaypool.org or by calling 772-9019, ext. 4.

Karen Robert

Morro Bay Community Pool Foundation

Time to act, sheriff

As Stan and Denise Smart await the opportunity to bring their daughter Kristin back after 15 years since her disappearance, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson still awaits funds to create a cold case division.

Parkinson included solving cold cases as part of his election campaign last fall. At that point, he realized the urgency and priority needed to bring resolution to Kristin’s case and others. Now where is that urgency and priority?

Stan and Denise Smart are joined by hundreds of others around this state, nation and world in wanting a resolution to be found — with urgency and priority.

Budgets tell the story of priorities. Now is the time to do as you promised, Sheriff Parkinson, and assign a full-scale team of resources in and beyond the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department to solve cold cases, including that of Kristin Smart!

Fifteen years is too long for parents to wait for a resolution, while urgency and priority are finding adequate funds. Help the Smarts now and put out a full-scale effort to bring Kristin home for dignified tribute from and rest among family and friends.

Bob and Nancy Aaberg


When the mourning will end

On Memorial Day, we remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Page one of The Tribune that day mentioned nine more innocent women and children killed by an errant bomb strike. Oops! Our apologies.

When, and only when, the bravado of our military (see Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan) is less intrusive globally — then and only then will we be mourning fewer of our dead, and others, fewer of theirs.

Guy R. Velardi

Arroyo Grande

Explore the garden

I was honored to be invited to speak at the recent dedication ceremony for the Bill Shepard Native Plant Garden, sponsored by the Atascadero Land Preservation Society.

As an avid and often frustrated gardener, I was inspired to discover so many new plants that will thrive in the harsh North County climate. This hillside garden is thoughtfully designed and well documented to help gardeners identify plants.

I encourage everyone to explore this garden at the entrance to the Stadium Park trails off Capistrano Avenue in Atascadero. Information about the garden is also available at www.supportalps.org.

Kudos and many thanks to the Atascadero Land Preservation Society, the California Conservation Corps, and especially our friend, Bill Shepard, for this generous gift to the community.

Paula O’Farrell

Paso Robles