In the recent article titled, “Blakeslee already in thick of it”(Sept. 3), The Tribune wisely provided readers with bill descriptions, votes, outcomes and, most importantly, Sam Blakeslee’s rationale for each of his decisions. Reading how Blakeslee regarded each bill before him was essential for understanding his reasoning.
What if The Tribune offered this format as a regular feature on the voting of our state and federal representatives? Understanding the “why” is critical to developing voter awareness and understanding.
Too often, proposed legislation is assumed to be liberal or conservative without the public understanding the basis of the proposed legislation, the expenses it could incur or reduce and the long-term impact of implementation.
Goodbye to freedom
In Phil Dirkx’s recent column, he states that Islam is a religion (“We’ve been down this path before,” Sept. 3). That is not the whole truth. Islam is a political, societal, religious and legal entity whose aim is to establish a worldwide theocracy with Allah as the ruler.
Islam is a society with no separation between religion and the state and with Sharia as the law. This society would have no democracy, no free will and no freedom of expression. Forget freedom of speech and letters to the editor. Goodbye to Christianity and all other religions. Goodbye to freedom.
A few extremists
My left-leaning friends tell me that I am a racist (or a bigot) because I oppose the mosque at ground zero. They tell me that I shouldn’t tar an entire religion because a few extremists flew airplanes into buildings on 9/11.
These same friends tell me they are more frightened of my Christian friends because a few of them (extremists) bombed an abortion clinic once or killed an abortion provider. How do they justify this double standard?
The real threat
Measure H shows how potentially disastrous the initiative process can be to functional governance. In developing the Prado Road plan over the past 20 years, our professional city planners and elected representatives have endlessly analyzed, questioned, evaluated, debated and ultimately formulated a detailed plan to manage growth in the southern end of the city.
The plan creates safe, efficient traffic circulation that both improves emergency response times (maximizing the survival chances of accident, fire and heart attack victims) and incorporates healthy amenities like well-designed bicycle paths and access to walking trails that encourage us to get out of our cars.
Six successive City Councils have exercised their collective judgment in endorsing the plan. Tax money has been spent facilitating improvements that are integral to the plan, including the well-loved Damon-Garcia Sports Fields.
And yet, a spurious campaign of disconnected ideas and misinformation has brought us Measure H: a dead stop, forever without recourse, to a publicly crafted, multi-faceted vision years in the making. Measure H supporters tout the preposterous notion that Prado Road going past the sports fields threatens children. The absurdity leaves one speechless.
Measure H is the real threat. Support your unanimous City Council members and vote “no” on Measure H.
San Luis Obispo
I feel sorry for people who live in big cities and miss out on charming, small-town celebrations such as our flag dedication ceremony on Aug. 21 at the Vineyard Dog Park in Templeton.
The Templeton American Legion Post 220 led the ceremony with an invocation, a reading of the timeless poem by Wilbur Nesbit, “Your flag and my flag,” and a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Honor Guard raised the flag on our beautiful new flag pole, installed by our good friend Nick Pokrajac.
The Joyful Three sang “America the beautiful” and an animated rendition of “That Doggie in the Window” — a real crowd pleaser. County Parks Director Curtis Black commended park volunteers for more than 1,300 volunteer hours to the dog park.
We have two upcoming small-town celebrations: Dog Splash Days Friday through Sunday in Templeton and the 10th annual Atascadero Wiener Dog Races on Oct. 9. Don’t miss this slice of Americana in your own backyard.
Editor’s Note: We are republishing this letter to correct the dates of the Dog Splash Days event.