Votes for sale?
‘May I buy your vote?” were the words that came with a nickel and a $3 bill at one of April 22’s Earth Day booths. Move To Amend (MTA), a nonpartisan grassroots organization, used them to help educate voters on the nationwide movement whose purpose is to overturn the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.
As citizens of the United States, MTA members reject the court’s concept that corporations are people with the same human constitutional rights we enjoy. The supporters also see that this ruling took away our right to have our votes count by saying that money is free speech. Whether it be an individual, a large corporation, or now even a foreign country, the one with the most money usually wins. The results of this can be seen every day in our political process.
Move To Amend’s purpose is to call for a constitutional amendment that overturns Citizens United so we can all work together to regain a government of, for and by the people. I urge everyone to go to MoveToAmend.org to find out more about this important issue.
Ideology vs. good work
Challengers to our incumbent county supervisors seem to have an essentially ideological rationale for their candidacies. Strong evidence of this has appeared in the form of letters to the editor orchestrated by their campaigns. The problem with ideology, though, is that it does not translate to good governance.
The incumbent supervisors, conversely, have demonstrated a preference for good governance over ideology. Evidence of this has also appeared in your publication, but on the news pages instead of the opinion pages.
There we have learned that San Luis Obispo County ranks high in the state for its deft management during these trying times. And there we have learned that our incumbents have been willing to forsake the endorsement of previous supporters in order to best serve our overall population.
Who would be served by a change in leadership at this crucial juncture? To my mind, only those who believe their personal ideology trumps demonstrably sound management and proven dedication to public service.
San Luis Obispo
Unless we missed it, there has been no local media recognition for the 80 students who make up Cal Poly’s outstanding student symphony and their selection to perform in the nation’s capital at the Kennedy Center.
Today, April 30, the nation’s premier stage will host the Poly ensemble as it plays Zoltán Kodály’s “Variations on a Hungarian Folksong, ‘The Peacock’.” This was their main piece in a spring concert at our Performing Arts Center.
With flair and grace, Poly Professor David Arrivée, conductor and mentor, has shaped these student musicians — most pursuing nonmusical majors, from engineering to agricultural science — into a wondrous, harmonious instrument of joy. At the spring concert, Maestro Arrivée’s young players met every challenge. During the first half of that event, the symphony accompanied five outstanding student soloists who had been selected in university-wide competition for this performance.
Each performance was remarkable. Pianist Alessandra Shanus led with a dazzling rendition of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor. Then two sopranos, Katewlyn Holliday and Brittney Zearfoss, sang Mozart arias. The final solos were by two impressively talented instrumentalists: Douglas Gallatin on flute and Nicholas Garrison on baritone saxophone.
The symphony was flawless in support of each solo performer with impeccably timed entries after every cadenza and just the right modulation in accompaniment.
Unfortunately, at the Kennedy Center there won’t be time to include the talented soloists. But be sure, conductor Arrivée will guide Poly’s players to make joyous music with the Kodály composition as they did in March.
We wish the symphony safe travel and a triumphant premiere on the national stage.
Harlan and Catherine Hobgood