Don’t dump in cans
Atascadero Lake dog walkers who throw their pet’s waste in the street-side garbage cans of residents may not realize that animal excrement is not recyclable and so should never be placed in the green or blue cans.
Also, we store our garbage can in the garage in between collection days and the stench is very unpleasant while working in the garage.
If we don’t remove our cans from the street immediately after pick up, we invariably find these poop packets in one or more of our cans.
There are plenty of public garbage cans adjacent to the footpath around the lake, so please respect the homeowners by not using their residential cans.
The right wing
For some reason, the right-wing media and its sycophants are constantly bashing actors (“liberal Hollywood elite”) as well as other members of the creative community, including writers of fiction, artists and musicians.
Admittedly, this group of people overwhelmingly registers Democrat and often, they are strong supporters of progressive causes.
At the same time, however, the right wing trots out its own pathetic group of celebrities like Chuck Norris, Ben Stein and Fred Thompson (who occupies a special place, since he is inept both as an actor and a politician).
To be fair, there are some notable Republican musicians like Mike Huckabee and John Ashcroft (who can ever forget “Let the Eagle Soar!”).
The right wing is also relentlessly critical of college professors. They are described as “Socialists,” “free thinkers” and “poisoners of the youth of America.” So let me see if I have this straight: The most creative and highly educated two groups of people in the country are predominantly Democrats. Why is that a negative?
If I were a Republican, I would be asking myself why we don’t have more people like that in our party. I would also ask, why don’t we have a Jon Stewart or a Stephen Colbert?
Lee Van Leeuwen
San Luis Obispo
Could happen to you
To you seniors in fear of having your medical benefits cut so that the government can pay for all the new coverage for others: it can happen.
My husband has been treated for glaucoma for the past 12 years by the same doctor under our Medicare health insurance. He was notified that his current ophthalmologist would no longer be able to treat him — the doctor is no longer approved for his care.
Where he can now go for necessary ongoing treatment is anybody’s guess, but it definitely will not be the quality of care he has been receiving.
So tell me again, how does the general public benefit from this so-called “health care overhaul?” This is the reality of the health care law that has been foisted upon us.
Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and all you legislators who voted for this sham, you should be ashamed. Nov. 2 is coming and we’re going to vote you buggers out.
Direct fee better
I am at a loss to understand The Tribune’s support of Proposition 21 (“$18 a year is worth our state parks,” Sept. 10). What do automobiles have to do with the park system? Why not increase the tax on automobiles to support the schools or for an increase in legislators’ pay? It makes as much sense.
Consider that this tax increase will apply to businesses that have large fleets of vehicles or individuals who have multiple vehicles, such as motorcycles in addition to their passenger car and perhaps a truck.
I encourage the public to vote “no” on Proposition 21. If the park system needs more financing then there should be a direct relationship to the people who use the parks. Add or increase fees to those using the parks.
See real football
As football season starts up again, I’d like to offer a substitute to all fantasy football league participants. Give up the individual statistics, get out from in front of the TV or computer and don’t blow $50 on another season of randomly picked players. Go see some real action in your local area.
Instead of giving up a whole day on mock drafts, why not go see a local high school football game? Ever watch Paso Robles play Atascadero on a brisk Friday night? Great rivalry.
If you want to see some downtown San Luis Obispo action, there are two great options, Mission Prep and San Luis Obispo High School. There’s even great college football right here locally.
If you haven’t been to the newly redone Alex G. Spanos Stadium at Cal Poly, you’re really missing out.
Fantasy leagues can be fun and interesting, but my opinion is that they deter from the true aspect of football: Winning as a team. No one individual will win the Super Bowl or the BCS championship.
All you fantasy football junkies should get out and enjoy some “reality” football that’s happening right here in San Luis Obispo County!
Get out and vote
Well California, it is that time again, when your future is on the line (or cliff if you prefer). So mark your calendar and get out there to vote.
And remember that change you were promised in 2008? Well, here’s how you get it. It’s simple, real change does not come from voting for one man and hoping promises come true. It comes from thousands or even millions of people putting forth the effort.
So, if you vote for an incumbent, whether you like them or because they represent your party lines, you have just given them your blessing and things will stay the same or only get worse.
Vote Democrat, Republican or whatever party you’re affiliated with, but do not vote in an incumbent or there will be no change, just politicians with cushy retirements and health care plans while you get exactly what you voted for.
By the way, I don’t like either candidate for governor, but Jerry Brown is an incumbent.
Michael Van Belleghem
We still kill people
I moved to California fairly recently and thought it was one of the more enlightened states, until I read recently that this state still imposes the death penalty and is considering executing someone whose crime was admittedly horrendous.
Yet with all that is known about the extra cost and the clear information that execution is not a deterrent, when there are viable alternatives (such as life without parole), we still kill people.
A few still seem to not understand that life with-out parole means exactly that. Society does have the right and obligation to protect its citizens from truly dangerous people. That protection does not need to be execution. The execution rarely brings healing to the victim’s family. I am a member of Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation.
San Luis Obispo