Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 12/17

Death penalty

John Allan Peschong (for) and Gary Peters (against) stated their arguments well in their debate over capital punishment (Voices, Dec. 4.)

I am opposed to capital punishment. When I first considered the pros and cons, I was quite surprised by the counterintuitive fact that the murder rates are lower where capital punishment does not exist. Those states where capital punishment is applied most vigorously are precisely the states where murder rates are higher. Texas a prime example.

Peters methodically went through the various rationales put forth against the death penalty. States that have abolished it have saved money in the process. If it were effective, it might be worth it to put capital criminals to death, but when due process is granted, as it should be, and we go through our elaborate ritual in which the state kills the killer, we run up a huge bill that could be avoided by committing capital criminals to life imprisonment. That is true even when the expense of life terms is factored in.

Bob Brigham

Paso Robles

Help prevent assault

In response to “Nearly 1 in 5 women in U.S. survey report sexual assault” (Dec. 15):

The data contained within the recent CDC study shows that sexual violence is not going away soon and that it continues to be a public health issue. Unfortunately, we also know this to be true from firsthand experience: In 2010, the Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention (SARP) Center of San Luis Obispo County served more than 300 survivors of sexual violence, as well as 150 of their loved ones. The prevention and intervention of rape must be a priority in San Luis Obispo County.

We believe that violence can be prevented and its impact can be reduced, but we need the community’s help. Due to recent cuts from state and federal funding streams, it is even more critical that we draw upon support from community members to help us continue to provide hope, healing and empowerment for survivors. Please help us by donating or volunteering.

For more information on how to help, or to learn more about our 24-hour crisis intervention services, clinical counseling and prevention education programs, please visit www.sarpcenter.org or call 545-8888.

Kristy McCray

Executive director, Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention Center of SLO County

Feeding children

I read in The Tribune (Dec. 15) that 1 out of 2 Americans are living in or on the edge of poverty.

This reminded me of a rant by Rush Limbaugh in the last few days. He thinks that feeding poor children in schools is a bad idea. He related how school lunches have spread to breakfast and might spread to dinner. He then asked what these children would do during summer vacation. He then opined that the liberals would force the schools to feed children all year around. What a horrible liberal idea. Let them eat cake.

Robert Harway

San Luis Obispo