Bouquets and Brickbats

Let’s can the comparisons to Nazis, please

letters@thetribunenews.comDecember 7, 2012 

Certainly, everyone has a right to an opinion — if not, these pages would be out of business. But likening county supervisors to pre-Holocaust Nazis because the board had the temerity to consider closing loopholes in an ag cluster ordinance is one opinion that should have been left unsaid.

Ditto for the remark about purging the county planning staff of “socialists.” (Was the ghost of Joe McCarthy in the house?)

As to comparing the county’s growth policies to United Nations directives — well, that, too, has us reaching into our bag of hyperbolic brickbats.

The ag cluster ordinance is obviously a volatile issue — little wonder that the current board opted to carry it over until next year — but please, next time can we try to keep the discussion grounded in reality?

‘Mo Bros’ raise a tidy sum

We toss bristly bouquets to the Cal Poly men who grew ’staches last month to raise money for — and awareness of — prostate and testicular cancer.

Fifteen Cal Poly grad students took part in the Movember MBA Challenge, an annual fundraising campaign that encourages men to grow mustaches in November. “Mo Bros” collect donations that benefit men’s cancer organizations; at last count, the Cal Poly team had raised just a hair over $1,000.

Sounds like a fun way to draw attention to a serious cause. To learn more — or to donate to the Cal Poly team — go to http://www.usmovember.com .

Volunteers have eyes on revenue

Penny-wise bouquets are en route to Paso Robles residents who volunteer for an oversight committee that will keep tabs on the city’s new sales tax revenue.

Paso voters approved the half-cent sales tax increase in November, and at the same time, overwhelmingly voted to use the money to fix the city’s deteriorating roads.

A seven-member oversight committee will keep an eye on how the revenue — estimated at $3.5 million per year — is used.

We urge anyone with an interest in following the money to apply for a spot. Three positions have been designated for the public at large; applications for those are available online and at City Hall. The other four spots will go to representatives of community organizations: the Chamber of Commerce; the Downtown Main Street Association; Travel Paso Robles Alliance; and the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee.

For the record, we strongly support Councilman Fred Strong’s suggestion that a bicycle coalition also be offered a seat on the committee — an idea the rest of the council nixed.

That’s unfortunate; a representative of the cycling community would bring a different — and important — perspective to the table. We offer the Paso council awell-pedaled bouquet if it reconsiders.

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