Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 10/18

Letter of forgiveness

Dear Mr. Jeffrey LaChance,

We know you made an extremely bad decision, and we are sure it is painful for you to think about.God knows, we have all taken risks on the road doing far worse maneuvers without any repercussions. Our family wants you to know that part of healing is forgiving. We do not blame you for what happened and forgive you for any pain experienced by this tragedy.

It is no one’s fault; it is the spiritual path chosen for our parents and you. This is the way our mom and dad taught us to live and think, and we want you to experience their gift.

Please set yourself free and forgive yourself.

Nicole, Zack and Jeremiah Fuller

(the children of Joan and Peter Fuller of Allentown, Pa.)

Editor’s note: Joan Fuller died of injuries suffered in an Oct. 10 head-on collision on Highway 1. Peter Fuller suffered major head injuries. CHP officials believe the crash occurred when Jeffrey LaChance attempted to pass at unsafe speeds with limited visibility.

Causes of revolution

Aristotle (384-322) discussed the causes of revolution, which also describes our country’s sick condition. In his Book V, he noted that a democracy which is taken over by the wealthy class becomes an oligarchy, leading to revolution. The Greeks had a ruling class and a working class, but they let no individual or class become too rich and powerful. They held the balance evenly between the rich and poor. The rich could not make more than seven times over that of the poor. To let the rich gain more would invite insurrection.

The CEO of my insurance company makes $125 million per year. Let’s put that into a perspective. If you were to make $50,000 per year, how long would it take you to earn what the CEO makes in one year? It would take you 2,500 years to make what he makes in one year. That is how obscene this disparity is. This is why we are having insurrections across the nation.

The corporations pay these high salaries and then write them off as a cost of doing business, which reduces their tax bill to nothing.

Norm Jackson


Our obligation

Steve Jobs has been widely quoted as telling Stanford students to “do what you love.” Herman Cain says if you’re not rich, it’s your own fault.

What about the preschool teachers or the auto mechanics who love what they do but will never be rich and may not even be in the middle class? What about the people who pave our streets and pick up our trash? They may not love their jobs, and they’ll never be rich either. And what about the people whose educational abilities do not allow them to have a job which will make them rich, perhaps the hospital orderly, or the man who climbs up in a bucket to cut down trees?

These are all important people in our community; those of us who are comfortably middle class, or rich, rely on those who aren’t. What is our obligation as a society?

Alice Appel

Arroyo Grande

Bickering parties

With all our troubles now not being helped by the congress (small “c” used advisedly), perhaps some humor is necessary.

“Witnessing the Republicans and the Democrats bicker over the U.S. debt is like watching two drunks argue over a bar bill on the Titanic.”

Syd Brown

Los Osos