Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 11/25

No place for brutality

I am saddened and sickened by the brutal assaults on peaceful demonstrators in various cities, including Oakland, Davis, Oklahoma City and New York. This is not Egypt, and police have no right to assault and brutalize peaceful demonstrators.

Use of bullets, bean bags, gas, pepper spray, batons and Tasers are not needed and shouldn’t be used!

Further, those police officers, their supervisors and whoever else is giving orders to use these tactics should be arrested and tried for assault, false imprisonment, violating the demonstrators’ civil rights and obstruction of justice. I hope Gov. Brown and other governors, as well as President Obama can hear me. Police brutality has no place in this country, now and forever.

Robert Matano


A better country?

In response to Shirlene Gregory’s Nov. 11 letter (“What if ...?”): What if during the Bush administration, they would have opened medical clinics in the inner cities or contributed financial aid to those in need, instead of giving breaks to the wealthy and two wars?

Wouldn’t we have been a better country?

Bob Grimms

Paso Robles

An important role

As a former volunteer (Malaysia, 1967-70), I really appreciated Bob Cuddy’s thoughtful Sunday (Nov. 20) column. I have had similar questions about the relevancy of the Peace Corps in this day and age — but I also share your bottom-line conclusion that it still has an important role to play. I hope you are right about the tide turning in favor of decency and concern for others.

As a former newspaper guy (reporter and editor at the Saint Paul Pioneer Press), I also appreciate good writing. I have subscribed to The Tribune since moving to the Central Coast from Minnesota earlier this year and consistently have found your column to be engagingly written. Thanks for the great work!

Jack Rhodes

Arroyo Grande

Clear the air

Does San Luis aspire to be Santa Maria? (“Cowboy cooking coming to SLO,” Nov. 17.) Does it want to regress further into the hazy delusion of cowboy tradition? Let’s trade those trucks for horses, then, and turn bathrooms into outhouses. Cowboys cooked out on the range, not in the middle of town, and most of them didn’t live past 50. The Marlboro Man is dead.

Downtown San Luis Obispo already has plenty of smoking wood barbecues. Unless we want to repeat cowboy mortality and suffer from traumatized lungs, there is no reason for yet another source of heavy pollution and food contaminated with all the chemicals in smoke.

Mary Giacoletti

San Simeon