Saints coach lauds support

On behalf of the Santa Maria High School football players and coaching staff, we want to thank our high school alumni, the community, city representatives, the parade board, the news media, our superintendent, the administration from Pioneer Valley High School, football officials, local high school coaches and our fans.

A special appreciation goes to the Santa Maria Football Boosters, Santa Maria High School administration, staff and our awesome students for their support during our run for this year's CIF title. 

Our players gave everything they had on the field Saturday night. I was raised in Santa Maria/Orcutt and never have I seen this community come together as it did last Saturday. The environment was electric.

The disappointment of letting the city of Santa Maria down hurt, but the positive reaction, support and love shown by so many after the game eased the pain. Thank you all for sharing these life-long memories with us.

The Santa Maria High football program will continue to strive for excellence, and we will always bring Saint pride to the school and our community.

Coach Dan Ellington

Santa Maria High School

Trickle-down just a trick

Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result each time.

Calvin Coolidge, president from 1923-1929, said, “The business of America is business.” Republicans embraced this philosophy ever since.

In full control of the Congress the decade of the 1920s, Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, one of the world’s richest men, in 1926 pushed through Congress massive tax cuts benefitting mostly the top 0.1 percent of the population. Making the well-to-do prosperous didn’t leak through to those below. Three years later it was one of the causes of the Great Depression.

Ronald Reagan in 1981 said Coolidge cutting taxes four times brought on the greatest growth in prosperity we’ve ever known. He failed to note what happen to the Coolidge prosperity six months after Coolidge left office. Reagan tried trickle-down with tax cuts, and to ease lost revenue began taxing Social Security payments. It didn’t work again as proven by George H.W. Bush’s one-term presidency because he had to raise taxes.

George W. Bush and the Republicans came into power in 2001, loosening regulations on financial institutions and tax cuts for the rich to trickle down and make the middle class fully employed and prosperous. This brought on the Great Recession of 2008.

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Now Republicans are trying it again. The middle class should get ready for what is coming.

What William Jennings Bryan said in 1896 stills holds true today in our consumer-driven economy: “Those who believe that if you will only legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous, their prosperity will leak through on those below. The Democratic idea, however, has been that if you legislate to make the masses prosperous, their prosperity will find its way up through every class which rests upon them.”

Stan Novara

Santa Maria

New Costco parking is a mess

I agree with another letter writer that the new Costco parking lot is a mess. Someone in planning did not do their job. If there haven't been accidents there will be. The way Costco is positioned on the lot makes any parking lot a maze. City planners need to go back to the drawing board and fix this. Also, what is going to happen to Costco's old building? I hope it doesn't sit there empty.

William Turri

Santa Maria