Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 9/29

In the right direction

Reading The Tribune article about New Tech High (Sept. 22), I was very impressed to see in this down economy with popularized politics that there are some educational leaders willing to take risks to provide high-quality pathways that can link our high school students to creating portfolios, to take an internship, to be involved in work-based learning projects, and to take college courses while still in high school.

I would hope the school would include pathways that lead to certificates that would also be linked to local business, government, Cuesta College, and Cal Poly (2+2+2 programs). Wouldn’t it be novel? A public educational institution that also provides its students with stepping-stone jobs and careers?

This is a nice way to start improving our eco-nomy and invest in our youths’ future besides testing them half the school year. Congratulations to the Lucia Mar Unified School District for risking innovation in this hard time for education. A move in the right direction by linking education with something besides testing.

Mike Gordon

Morro Bay

Socialism for rich

Even if one accepts the premise and definition of socialism as given in the letter of Pat Moore (Sept. 27), the redistribution of so-called wealth, in the form of taxes paid by the individuals residing in these great United States, did not originate with Obama. The use of taxes has been used ever since we formed a United States.

The very idea of giving incentives by direct or indirect means involving any tax money to some to start a new venture and keep profits to accumulate personal wealth is as much “socialism” as defined in Moore’s letter. Today, if one delves deep into how the capitalists and various corporations get tax breaks and subsidies in the name of better economy, one will find we have had socialism for the rich for a very long time.

Brahama D. Sharma


Why so dreary?

The Architectural Review Commission’s approval of the Garden Street Terraces downtown project on Sept. 19 by a four-to-one majority greatly disappointed me. Many interested citizens attended the event. The City Council chambers were nearly full. Numerous people spoke against the project, including a local architect.

The gateway to our historic downtown at Marsh and Broad Streets would greet visitors with a 40-foot-high charcoal brick, boxy building resembling a Gestapo-like structure. The color is depressing and has no relationship to our beautiful earth-tone Mission style structures pervading the core of our town.

The project architect was commended for reducing the height, but he insists on using dark brick extensively throughout the project, which is dark and dreary.

Join with me in convincing the architect to redesign this project so it fits seamlessly into the historical context of San Luis Obispo.

Ivan Cliff

San Luis Obispo

Majority is losing

In 2001 and 2003, President Bush reduced taxes for the rich and embroiled us in two unfunded wars. His rates will expire this year. Bleeding hearts for the rich insist that returning to President Clinton’s tax rate of 39.6 percent, up 4.6 percent from Bush’s rate, is a hardship for their so-called “job creators.”

What have these job creators been doing these past 10 years other than profiting from Bush’s tax breaks? Where are the jobs? Where are the investments? Where is the booming economy? Republicans’ “trickle-down” theory associating higher incomes with higher productivity and greater contribution to society failed once again.

Sorry, don’t blame the state of this economy on President Obama. Remember the result of Bush’s deregulated economy in 2008: a deepening economic crisis of epic proportions, a huge increase in the deficit, the already wealthy richer than ever, and zilch for the middle class.

In the past 10 years, income for the top 1 percent has risen 18 percent. At the same time, income for the poor and middle class declined along with ever-decreasing opportunity. Meanwhile, “just say no” Republicans want us to believe raising taxes on the top 1 percent is “class warfare.” Class warfare indeed.

It is we, the majority, that are losing.

Joseph Amanzio

Paso Robles

Consultant warranted

I am responding to Peg Pinard’s concern about the City of San Luis Obispo using an outside consultant in the search process for a new police chief (letters, Sept. 22). I believe this is an instance where the use of a consultant is clearly advised.

The police chief position is not only important but extremely sensitive. That means a thorough background check must be done. A consultant will facilitate this process. In fact, the consultant we are using is a former law enforcement professional with extensive contacts across the state. That means he will have the ability to gather information about the candidates we might not otherwise be able to obtain.

Andrew Carter

SLO city councilman