Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 9/3

Selective overreach

While I agree with Supervisor Gibson (“Board protests water proposal,” Aug. 30) that the proposed state rules for storm water are “overreaching” and “a huge regulatory burden in a very bad economy,” I find it ironic that this same supervisor and his colleagues have no trouble with “overreaching” their influence on the county voters with regulations such as banning plastic and paper bags from every store in the county.

It seems government officials at every level want to overregulate.

Marty Wadlow

Follow the money

I have just one question: Has anyone ever tried to put fitted sheets on a bed without lifting the mattress? When you get to that last corner, you have to lift that mattress pretty high sometimes to get that corner on.

You don’t have to lift the mattress any more with a flat sheet than you do with a fitted sheet, maybe even less.

If the mattresses are as heavy as the ones John Helps is talking about, how in heck are they going to get those fitted corners on? I agree with Lynn Mohrfeld — follow the money. It has to be the attorneys.

Meridee Kramb

Pismo Beach

Focus on truth

Bob Cuddy’s column (Aug. 14) was an exemplary focus on the truth of our current political situation, both with respect to Republican intransigence and media voices. How unlike, for example, Krauthammer’s July 29 column, which displayed an egregious distortion.

If truth were a cabbage, Krauthammer hammered it to slaw when he wrote that the jobs situation and the debt were the consequences of Obama’s “spectacularly failed Keynesian gamble.”

One wonders if he really comprehends Keynes. But let’s put that aside. Question: Did the process partly responsible for unemployment figures begin when the mills moved from New England to the South, then overseas, for cheaper labor? I seldom find a manufactured item without seeing a “Made in China” label. Who engineered that situation?

Have two very expensive wars nothing to do with our debt? When did that begin, and what were the instrumental forces that led to them? Where was Obama then?

What would Theodore Roosevelt say about his party’s coddling the “malefactors of great wealth,” whose contribution to the debt is not insignificant?

It is a euphemism to say that Krauthammer was disingenuous, but he is subtler than Limbaugh and Garrity.

Harold Spencer

Paso Robles

No surprises

As a member of the San Luis Obispo City Council that hired, then worked with, Ken Hampian as our city’s chief administrative officer, I can say that Bill Morem’s column (Sept. 1) about Ken’s volunteer work with the city of Bell holds no surprises. It is classic Ken Hampian.

Ken Schwartz

San Luis Obispo