Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 7/23

Just keep reading

As a used bookstore owner, I totally agree with your July 21 editorial regarding the closing of Borders and other new bookstores. It is a shame, we need every avenue that keeps people reading.

But it is not all hopeless for readers. If you want help remembering the name of an author, suggestions for that “hard-to-buy-for uncle,” talking to like-minded people or just want to browse for hours, stop at your used bookstore. We have many great used bookstores in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. We have friendly, knowledgeable salespeople and most of us are open every day and for extended hours.

Support our libraries, support our new bookstores and support us. Just keep reading and we will all be winners.

Nan Fowler

Arroyo Grande

Business must profit

There appears to be a perception by the general public that most businesses are evil and only concerned with profit. I would like to add a little perspective to this misconception by stating some facts.

Unlike most bureaucracies and several monopolies, business has to make a profit to survive. Small business, which creates about 70 percent of all private sector jobs, survives or fails with profits. The owners do not get a check guaranteed by anyone, but live by the profits the business makes. If the business does not make a profit, the owner does not get a check. If that continues, the owner is out of business.

The liberal media and unions don’t differentiate between small business and large corporations that they vilify and portray as sitting on large sums of cash. There might be a few large corporations like General Electric, etc., that are in this position, but they have to answer to stockholders.

Fifty years ago, when businesses didn’t provide lucrative benefits like paid vacations and retirements, employees wanted their companies to make a profit, which would allow better pay and job security.

Now, people expect all these benefits and more, but feel like somebody has been robbed if the business makes a profit. How did we get to this place in time where profit is considered a dirty word?

Allen Litten

Atascadero

Entertaining ‘Diva’

We’re so fortunate to have the Clark Center in our community. The entertainment is always first class and the current show — “Viva La Diva!” — is no exception.

I was thoroughly entertained at the Friday evening performance.

If you love show tunes, dancing and a great live band, you owe it to yourself to go see this musical review. The local talent is amazing and the show benefits Nipomo High School’s drama department.

With hit songs from artists like Ethel Merman, Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, Elton John, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner and even Lady Gaga, there’s something special for everyone.

I guarantee you’ll be entertained! Tickets can be ordered online at www.clarkcenter.org, or visit the theater and buy your tickets there.

Scott Trees

Arroyo Grande

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