Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 6/9

A move to amend

Many people across the political spectrum are very concerned about the Supreme Court decision that declared corporations are people. This translates to mean they can give unlimited money to candidates’ campaigns, they do not have to disclose who the donors are and they are not accountable to the candidates as to the contents of the ads.

Common Cause and many other nonprofits have joined a movement called Amend 2012. Their purpose is to lobby Congress to pass a constitutional amendment that would nullify the Supreme Court decision.

Central Coast Clergy & Lay for Justice (now People of Faith for Justice) are bringing a nationally known speaker to this area to speak on this issue. The Rev. Bob Edger is the president of Common Cause and served 12 years as a congressman.

The meeting will be June 23 at 7 p.m. at the Congregation Beth David Synagogue at 10180 Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo.

Tickets are $10, and you may purchase them online at www.peopleoffaithforjustice.org by sending a check to PFJ, 1311 Glenbrook Lane, Arroyo Grande, CA 93422. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Maggie Fertschneider


Limit compensation

I read the recent Perspective (“Big moment of change for higher ed,” June 6), which was a reprint from the Sacramento Bee. Specifically, the article talked about the salaries of the CCC and CSU chancellors.

There has been this notion that persons in charge of governmental and private nonprofits must be compensated at a rate to “compete” with the private sector. I think this argument is hogwash. It is simply wrong to ask others to make sacrifices to support the few people who are paid these exorbitant salaries.

In fact, persons who accept such jobs should, in my opinion, be driven by idealistic intrinsic values rather than salary. If a person requires such a large salary to support his/her lifestyle, then that person belongs in the private sector rather than public services or service in the form of a public nonprofit.

I propose that legislation be introduced so no governmental entity nor any private nonprofit compensates anyone more than the president of the United States (which is $400,000 annually). I think that even that is exorbitant, but it at least limits these out-of-control salaries and demands.

A person who goes into the line of work of helping others should love their job.

Michael Mamot

Morro Bay

Money to burn

It’s good to see that England is not suffering the economic woes like the rest of the world. If they were, they wouldn’t be spending 1.3 billion pounds to celebrate the Queen’s 60 years of consuming zillions of pounds of their resources.

John Kepler

San Luis Obispo