Use your brain during races
The accident in Southern California shows how common sense goes away when something dangerous goes on (“Off-road event turns tragic,” Aug. 16). Same goes for the dunes and ATV riding. It just shows that some adults have the common sense of a rock where safety is concerned.
I cannot believe some would allow a child younger then age 16 to ride those dangerous motor vehicles (like ATVs). Racing is a spectator sport, not a crowd participation sport.
The rule is to stay back out of the way, not on the track where vehicles are racing. Use that brain you were born with, besides filling space between your ears.
The old adage is safety in numbers, but crowd mentality isn’t always the safest way to go. If you can’t regulate your own behavior, look out, Big Brother will.
People get killed every year at these events and it’s tragic for all those families involved with the loss of someone killed by an out-of-control vehicle. Be safe out there.
Raymond C. Porter
Lynem is wrong about marijuana
While I feel for Julie Lynem’s brother, who has suffered addiction, Lynem’s position is extremely selfish (“Society does not need legal marijuana,” Aug. 15). It was not marijuana that made her brother smoke crack and become addicted. It was her brother, through his own decisions, who decided to “graduate to the harder stuff.”
Trying to place blame on a substance that is less addictive than caffeine is one of the weakest arguments I have heard to continue prohibition of marijuana.
In 2003, Portugal decriminalized all drugs, which lead to a decrease in addiction and crime nationwide. This counters Lynem’s factless commentary that by legalizing/decriminalizing marijuana, more people would abuse it.
By treating addiction as a criminal issue versus a public health issue, we have arrested millions of people and flooded courts with useless cases.
By taxing, regulating and educating our society about the dangers of cigarettes, we have seen a reduction in use/abuse.
Lynem’s column completely disregards the millions of Americans that use cannabis on a daily basis and do not abuse it.
Marijuana prohibition supports drug cartels that have increased violence on both sides of the border. Voting “no” on Proposition 19 will continue to support drug cartels. Is that what Lynem wants?
Many thanks to Pismo Beach
I have to say thanks to the city of Pismo Beach for doing such a nice job at the park on Highland Drive and Whitecap Street. I don’t know whose idea it was, but thank you, thank you, thank you.
Laguna Lake needs tax help
Let’s pass a bond issue to restore the Laguna Lake recreational area.
Some people have volunteered areas to dispose of the spoils. If we restore our local facility, it will become a wonderful recreation area for the citizens of our community.
Gerard L. Parsons
San Luis Obispo
Common sense needed
Regarding your editorial, “What to do about Pismo’s pigeons?” (Aug. 18): I am glad to know the Pismo Beach City Council is concerned enough to begin mitigating the water pollution at Pismo Beach following a three-year study by Cal Poly researchers connecting pigeon droppings as the major source of high bacteria in the water off Pismo Beach.
Is “common sense” what led city officials to suspect pigeons as the source of this localized contamination?
Unfortunately, “common sense” hasn’t prevailed for immediate action by our Board of Supervisors to protect the health of residents near Pier Avenue and on the Nipomo Mesa.
They need to use their “police power” to authorize a temporary moratorium on the Dunes land concurrent with the Air Pollution Control District’s PM10 findings linking off-road activities to the invasive contamination of our air.
Instead, our officials are placated through industry-led off-highway vehicle lobbying successes that dominate this public health threat through denial of any PM10 culpability by off-road activities and rejecting all scientific findings.
Public agencies are created to first protect our health and safety. Off-highway vehicles are the “tail that wags the dog” and officials arrogantly dismiss “common sense” rule for our right to breathe.
Katrina Dolinsky Arroyo Grande