Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 9/16

A political story

Mom and Dad and the entire family were at the end of their rope. Their teenager, who had before been reasonable, had reverted to his “terrible twos.” No matter the issue, his response was always “No!”

The family tried to explain the facts clearly, presented alternatives, designed compromises ... all to no avail. Junior’s response was always “No!”

He still wanted his perks and privileges and was happy to see other family members lose theirs as long as his were untouched. He believed nobody was as deserving as he and completely forgot how much of his comfort and success were due to his family’s support.

When asked to consider his siblings’ needs, he really lost it and became almost incoherent. Junior even denied the very proposals he had made and supported just years ago.

The family concluded that this version of their son and brother had been taken over by unknown and unreasonable forces!

Their responses to him became short and factual, and he was given no leeway. Junior cried “Foul!” and could not understand the criticism. He and others like him blamed everyone but themselves and lied about it to all who would listen. Sadly, some gullible people did listen and believe.

Mary Ross


Animals in need

For the past several months the SLO Animal Shelter has been overwhelmed with cats and dogs brought in because they had no identification. There are 48 dog kennels currently housing 55 dogs. Twenty-two additional dogs are out in the homes of foster volunteers. The cat population is in the same situation.

The overcrowding is causing perfectly wonderful adoptable animals to be euthanized almost daily. Most of these animals are in serious circumstances because they have no identification when they arrive and there is no space for them at the shelter.

As an animal shelter volunteer and the owner of two dogs, I am pleading with pet owners to immediately put identification on your beloved animals; a phone number can be marked on a cloth collar, an ID name/ phone number tag can be purchased, or your animal can be micro-chipped.

If your animal is missing, call the Animal Services Volunteer Office at 781-4413, or visit the shelter at 885 Oklahoma Ave., or look at the website with pictures at www.slocounty.ca.gov/Aserv.htm.

For those of you thinking about adopting a dog or cat, please do one or all of the above and help these awesome animals find a forever home.

Judy Ellis

SLO Animal Shelter volunteer

Slow to catch on

The post office geniuses in management didn’t see fax machines, emails, computer advertising or paperless billing coming?

This is typical of government managers; these people could not hold the easiest of private sector jobs. We just need to set up privately held P.O. boxes in each city, saving taxpayers on labor taxes, vehicles, gas, workers-comp liability, and health and auto insurance. Why didn’t our civil servants figure this out 20 years ago?

Kevin O’Connor

Santa Barbara

Not fooled this time

As I see it, President Obama had a televised speech to further his campaign rhetoric to the whole nation and set up the opposing parties as a scapegoat if his “job plan” doesn’t pass congress. He wants to encourage the black citizens to reconsider voting for him and forgive his other plans that have failed for two and a half years.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

David Manion


Pay lower rates

With regard to the story “State stands to gain thousands of jobs”:

At $3.6 billion for 37,300 teachers and first responders, that works out to $96,515 each. I think a lot of unemployed people would take $30,000, and we could put to work 120,000 people doing much-needed work.

The WPA put to work many more people than the latest stimulus funds because it did not pay this kind of high rates. Change the focus in putting people to work at wages that take them out of unemployment wages.

David Esposto


Impact of bag ban?

SLO County is working to eliminate use of plastic grocery bags. Has the environmental impact of this elimination been considered?

If people are encouraged, or required, to bring their own bags to the stores, it is possible they will buy less at each visit. This means they might shop at the stores more frequently. More trips to the grocery means more miles driven, and this means possibly more gasoline used and more air pollution in our atmosphere.

What did the environmental impact assessment say about this?

Jim Vint