I would like to shout out a resounding “second” to the Viewpoint by Adrienne Dickinson on the importance of getting an education (June 17). I am a retired history teacher still working part time in education. This is the first commentary I have read that talks about the real importance of an education.
While it does help in getting a job in our ever-evolving economy by advancing creativity and new ideas, it also, as Ms. Dickinson so eloquently wrote, helps produce “people who have the capacity to see the present in the context of history, who value intrinsic worth and who understand the interconnectedness of life itself, (and) who know how to work together.”
These are the real qualities that will advance our society in a variety of healthy ways. If we are only interested in a well-paying job, and not advancing ourselves as a society, we will continue to be controlled by corporations and the almighty dollar. In turn, individuals will be valued less and less in the race to enhance the bottom line.
Thank you, Ms. Dickinson, for saying so insightfully what has been missing from the national discussion of the importance of education.
Disappointed in Dave
The Dave Congalton radio show is a great airing for local issues, and Congalton does a reasonable job of keeping the show unbiased. That said, I was deeply disappointed in his radio show about the Adam Hill blast, causing Central Coast state Sen. Sam Blakeslee to cancel his fundraiser.
I agree with Congalton that Blakeslee should not have canceled, but I really take exception to Congalton demanding that Blakeslee start “acting like a conservative.”
Hello? What we need are more elected officials like Blakeslee, who keep their ears open and their mouths shut, until they have evaluated all the information and then make thoughtful decisions. Hill is not included in the list of thinking representatives. He won’t listen to anyone if he thinks they do not agree with him. Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business (COLAB) has been offering thoughtful opinions to the Board of Supervisor meetings, but Hill never responds to the content of what is said, he just blasts the messenger and the organization.
There are unintended consequences with all county laws and actions, and these all need to be analyzed before making any decisions. What I think COLAB is trying to do is add local people and to the county list of priorities. But you will not hear this if you do not listen.
Bland and blind
Déjà vu. A dull group of Republican hopefuls stood side by side on national television and debated (If you can call agreeing and patting each other on the back debating).
After several dozen indifferent yawns, I switched the channel with the realization that if one of these candidates should emerge as president, once again, there would be a case of the bland leading the blind.
I think it is foolish of the city to increase our water bills, when our consumption of water has decreased. Listen, we should only be penalized for consuming more water, not less. The city can’t have it both ways. Would they prefer that we increase our consumption, leading to problems like Paso Robles’?
Steve T. Kobara
San Luis Obispo