The May 12 letter to the editor by Mr. L. Colamarino (“Be mindful of Debbie Arnold’s vote on Las Pilitas,” May 12) was interesting. Mr. C. is unaware that the “winding two-lane road” he refers to is actually a state highway and was there long before city people decided they wanted to move out to the country and enjoy some acreage.
When there is a general journalistic practice of avoiding publishing photos of dead bodies, what is the justification for publishing a photo of dead Dalton Gang members propped up for the cameras (“Don Henley’s upcoming visit spurs memories of SLO County’s desperados,” May 14)?
District 5 San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors candidate Eric Michelssen that when voters choose between him and incumbent Debbie Arnold, they face a choice between policy based on political ideology and policy based on evidence. Michielssen promises to work with both Democrats and Republicans if elected.
Richard Robinson’s letter, recommending that the United States apologize for dropping an atomic bomb on Nagasaki (“Apology is in order for second atomic bomb dropped on Japan,” May 23), reminds me of the historical revisionists who like to say that the Civil War was not necessary. Back in 1861 it was necessary, just as the bombing of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki was necessary.
Two things motivate my candidacy for U.S. Congress: 1. to oppose the evil, self-destructive, economically motivated wars our Wall Street-run government is conducting; and 2. to call attention to the plight of young adults today.
As much as I admire John Fowler’s work in promoting affordable housing, his recent letter (“SLO loses another opportunity for affordable housing,” May 16) suggests he was unable to identify, in the case of 1101 Monterey St., a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Though this proposed building would provide San Luis Obispo with 60 affordable housing units, the 80-room hotel would offer upward of 50 poverty-level jobs.
Regarding Mr. Leonard Pitts’ argument in “Should America apologize for Hiroshima, Nagasaki? (May 15): It is true that emotions were running extremely high at the time and there were various reasons put forward justifying the use of the most powerful weapon ever devised against a country that had already sued for peace prior to dropping the bombs. The only justifiable reason could have been to prevent the deaths of many American soldiers from being killed in an invasion of the mainland. However, there was not total agreement that it was absolutely necessary to invade or to even drop these horrendous bombs.
The Tribune reported May 4 that the San Luis Obispo city manager and city attorney received $5,000 bonuses, and then reported on the 15 best-paying jobs in SLO County (May 10). I find it interesting that our city manager and city attorney both far exceed our highest-paid occupation. They accomplished that even before their retention bonuses.
If you vote to re-elect San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Debbie Arnold, you’re probably voting against your own interests. Unless you own a big chunk of ground and want to turn it into an industrial gravel mine, or unless you own vast vineyards and want unfettered ability to siphon everyone’s water.
During the SLO County Planning Commission meeting May 16, Commissioner Jim Irving stated that he understood that the Phillips 66 request for a permit was about profits. He then asked, “What’s wrong with profits?” The answer, of course, is “nothing” … unless those who are taking the profits are harming “us.”
Allen Litten’s criticism of The Tribune and other papers that, “It appears that any attempt to be impartial has been abandoned” and “even the cartoons are picked to denigrate conservatives” caught my eye on May 14 (“Conservative appalled at daily attacks on Donald Trump”). Especially when just above Mr. Litten’s letter was a political cartoon denigrating Hillary Clinton. Since most conservatives “don’t read the newspapers anymore and get their news elsewhere,” I guess the irony was lost on them.
I do not know Cameron Akins (“Ex-Cal Poly football player pleads no contest to attempted robbery,” May 12). I only know of him by what has been published in The Tribune regarding the incident he was involved in August 2014 — the one allegedly involving four other Cal Poly students and athletes. My perception is that the young men’s alleged actions were very stupid and that obviously the severity of those actions did not register in advance with any one of the accused culprits.