Party be damned
The article (“Republican takes aim at Maldonado,” Nov. 4) regarding Matt Kokkonen’s recent rant about middle-ground Republican candidate Abel Maldonado appears to exemplify what is wrong with the Republican Party and politics in general. That is the attitude of party first and public good second.
To me, the description of Maldonado as someone who is “not a real Republican,” but rather an “Obama Republican” who would sabotage efforts of the Republican House majority, is simply an indication of his willingness to do the job he has been elected to do. As a Republican since the Nixon era, I consider this high praise indeed. Especially when the Republican word of the day appears to be “obstructionism.” This attitude of “our way or the highway” has stopped our government in its tracks.
With Kokkonen’s sentiment prevailing in the Republican Party, it is not surprising to find the current assemblage of Republican presidential candidates to be a list of broken toys. One wonders why Sarah Palin left their ranks, or did even she find them a laughable fringe?
Abel Maldonado is an example of what a Republican candidate should be, and as such has suffered at the hands of his own party because he has refused to toe the party line at the expense of the people he serves.
In his Nov. 4 letter (“It’s our own mess”), W.B. Honeycutt asserts that the collapse of the banking industry can be blamed on the American people for taking advantage of the “easy lending practices and sub-prime loans.”
For free-market capitalism to work for all, those who purchase products must be able to trust that they will receive a product that will work for them. This is true whether buying a car, an appliance or a home mortgage. The banking industry betrayed that trust. No one would blame a car buyer for buying a “lemon” vehicle. Why should the purchaser of a home mortgage be blamed for buying a “lemon” loan? Moreover, the banking industry knowingly made bad investments as well.
Furthermore, the writer says Occupy Wall Street is illegal and “not the democratic way.” The letter concludes by stating, “The Declaration of Independence starts out ‘We the People’ and we the people have caused this mess.” First, “We the people” is from the preamble to the Constitution, not the Declaration of Independence. In addition, the First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees “the right to peaceably assemble” for “petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.” Certainly the bailing out of the banking industry while “We the people” lose homes and life savings is a grievance worth petitioning for redress.
The Cuesta College board of trustees should be commended for its appointment of Gil Stork as president-super-intendent.
This action will provide continuity to the positive direction undertaken by the college administration in the past two years. Stork, with the support of the board of trustees and the total college district, will continue to give the excellent leadership mandated for the total success of Cuesta College.
Frank R. Martinez
San Luis Obispo
Nothing new at school
This letter is in response to the article in the Nov. 7 paper entitled “Harassment rife in grades 7-12.”
No big surprise about sexual harassment in grades 7-12. This is nothing new, by the way. I went to school in the ’50s and ’60s, and I was often the victim of bra snapping (boys coming up from behind and pulling the back of my bra to make it snap against my back), breast groping, etc. When I was 12-13, I wore my coat to cover my changing body everywhere, in the classroom, shopping, etc. Then in high school it started all over again, whispering and snickering behind my back. I never talked about it back then. Currently, there are approximately 50 percent of students today in grades 7-12 experiencing sexual harassment. I wonder what the incidence was back in the ’50s and ’60s; higher, lower?