Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 7/11

Our dependence

In The Tribune on July 3, an article titled “U.S. more dependent than ever,” very truthfully hinted at the inevitable decline of the middle class in America.

It stated that the “increasing integration of the U.S. economy into the poorer global economy is thought to by a key factor in growing U.S. income inequality.” In short, with jobs being outsourced to cheaper foreign labor, there will be a much smaller and weaker middle class.

Families are becoming, and will be, poorer, and the realization of a better America for our children will be an impossible dream.

Jerome Kapacinskas

Arroyo Grande

Thomas’ friends

It would appear Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has ascended to the hierarchy of conservative handlers, along with the Bush family crony and Texas real estate magnate Harlan Crow and the shadowy billionaire Koch brothers.

A brief history of “The Chosen One.” With no prior judicial experience, Thomas spent just one year as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals before being nominated by President George H.W. Bush for a seat on the Supreme Court — clearly not enough time to peruse the code of conduct for federal judges given his present predicament. Nevertheless, the dissembling Thomas was confirmed by the closest margin for a justice in the past 100 years.

Fast-forward 20 years, the ethically challenged justice Thomas has been flown around the country on Mr. Crow’s jets and ferried about on the right wing financial sponsor’s luxury yachts. Crow has lavished the following gifts on the justice: a Bible valued at $19,000 that belonged to Frederick Douglass and a $15,000 bust of Abraham Lincoln. But what really jacked up more than a few eyebrows was the $500,000 allocated to the justice’s wife, Virginia, as start-up money for a tea party satellite group.

How does one repay that kind of friendship?

Ron Neal

Paso Robles

Support measures

The July 3 Viewpoint article by San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx in support of ballot Measures A and B was spot on.

Our local, elected officials need to be able to get employee pension costs under control and negotiate with public safety unions in good faith without the threat that an outside third party makes decisions with no regard for the city’s fiscal health.

Five years ago, the city police were successful in getting an arbiter from Oakland to award them a 30 percent pay increase over four years. This was $4 million dollars the city did not have.

The police in San Luis Obispo are well paid and earn a lot more than their counterparts in nearby cities. This is not about whether we value our public employees; of course we do. It is about fiscal responsibility.

San Luis Obispo city voters have a choice. They can have chronic budget shortfalls and continued cuts to city services and programs, or they can give elected officials the ability to control the city’s financial future. Please vote yes in August on ballot Measures A and B.

Terri Main

San Luis Obispo