As we are reminded by the sign posted near the off ramp as you enter Morro Bay, water is a precious resource. We receive mailings asking us to conserve water and reminding restaurants to only serve water when requested.
Yet on most every morning of the week, as we walk through Cloisters Community Park with our dog, we have to avoid stepping anywhere on the large park lawn lest we come up with a shoe full of water.
It is obvious that the city is using way more than enough water to maintain the emerald green flora carpet. While we love having the park with its sprawling lawns, can’t we just dial in the automatic sprinkler system a bit and practice what the city preaches?
Ross F. Guldenbrein
Joan Kennedy makes some valid points in defense of state employees (“The face of a state employee,” Aug. 28). Those arguing for cuts in salaries and benefits are not attempting to vilify public workers, but rather to bring them into the current economic reality.
The author lists many valuable services provided by state workers. There is a difference, however, between providing goods and services in which demand, competition, service and quality determine price and government mandated programs in which money is confiscated via taxes or required fees to fund the cost.
Nobody wants to have a cut in pay; however, your employer’s revenue has been cut significantly and the people from whom your employer derives his revenue have no more to give.
The entire country has taken at least a 15 percent pay cut and without any extra days off (if they are fortunate enough to still have a job). So suck it up, Kennedy, because government is hopefully starting to learn that it is impossible to completely insulate yourself from economic reality.
By the way, if a husband and wife each take a 15 percent pay cut, the household pay is cut 15 percent, not 30 percent. Your government-provided math teacher should be ashamed.
San Luis Obispo
Steve Molter is amazed how people with money have no concept of people with less money (“How the little people live,” Sept. 12). He cites a comment that people should not shop at Walmart. Molter shops there to save money.
I wonder if Molter has a mirror. Does he know why the prices at Walmart are so low? Because the goods are made by people in Third World countries who are underpaid and live in worse conditions than he can imagine.