SmartMeter hurts pulse
When sitting on my sofa for more than an hour or two, directly on the other side of the wall from my SmartMeter, my pulse skips a beat every three to six beats. It had never happened before.
The first time it happened, I assumed it was a new health condition and was going to make a doctor’s appointment. But an hour or so later, when running errands, I checked my pulse again and it was normal. That is when I remembered the SmartMeter.
Since then, I have noticed that every time I spend more than an hour or two in my living room, my pulse skips beats. It also happens to a lesser extent about 10 feet away at my dining room table. It is normal everywhere else.
I don’t know if this is chance, but it continues to happen in the same way. If it is happening to others too, I think that information should be shared with the California Public Utilities Commission.
Joetopia? No thanks
How anyone who allegedly loves Pismo Beach could wish for an “Avila-esque oil spill beneath the block-deep beachfront ribbon (so) we could bulldoze the whole thing” is an abomination (“Pismo Beach has big potential, here’s how they can live up to it,” Jan. 30).
My husband and I have been coming to Pismo Beach for more than 20 years and have lived here permanently for six. This is the town we love. We have gone to City Council meetings to ensure that what Joe Tarica complains about is kept just the way it is.
Pismo Beach is not Santa Barbara or any other city to which he compares us. And who wants to be? This is a funky, little beach town. Go downtown on any given weekend and the crowds will attest to the fact that tourists like the town as it is.
If this article was written in jest to provoke change, the humor fails me. The word “utopia” literally means “no place” and that is where I want to see Joetopia — no place.
Mending mental care
I read with dismay your editorial on Feb. 6 titled “State mental hospitals need immediate attention.”
Political solutions to the medical problem of treating the mentally ill have not helped, whether from the right (punish the mentally ill for behavior that is “bad”) or from the left (free the mentally ill and afford them their “rights”).
We released thousands from state hospitals into the community without funding their care. When their behavior violated the law, we sent them to prison and to jail. In prisons, we punished them, in an unsuccessful attempt to modify their behavior, failing to realize that many mentally ill experience internal torment every day far beyond our poor ability to heap more upon them.
We then decided that those scheduled for release after serving terms for violent and sexual crimes needed “treatment” at our remaining mental hospitals. These preventatively detained offenders (many very evil men for whom further prison time is not legally possible) are enraged. We’ve mingled them in with our fathers and our sons who are genuinely, physically, mentally ill.
We’ve created a “hell on Earth.”
Leo Ray Ingle
A smooch from a pooch
Regarding Bruce-Paul Scott and Gaynelle Wordeman’s letters to the editor (“Taking his chances,” Feb. 5 and “Unconditional love,” Feb. 9):
My husband and I cuddle, kiss and sleep with our precious 13-year-old poodle, Keely. What a joy it is to be awakened every morning with a kiss and welcomed when we enter the house after going shopping, etc.
We will always love, cuddle and kiss our animals. Those who disagree should try it. You’ll like it.
San Luis Obispo
Dancing over an issue
I was surprised there was no mention in your article of “Glee” star Harry Shum Jr.’s dance teacher at Arroyo Grande High School (“Positively Glee-ful,” Feb. 6). It was Debby Simms-Sagisi, director of the Arroyo Grande Dance Company, not dance club.
I know that Simms-Sagisi has been a mentor for many dancers that have gone to Los Angeles to try to make it in show business. She especially gave boys trying out an extra boost to stick around and learn how to dance as well as choreograph, work in a group, partner with girls, perform at different schools in the district and become responsible students and human beings, not to mention helping to keep them interested in staying in school and graduating.
This same dance program has been thrown to the wayside because of her recent retirement and budget cuts have prevented another program like it.
I wish your article would have called that to the public’s attention. Maybe some politician would have read it and considered throwing some cash toward an Arroyo Grande High School dance program.
Try to disconnect
Columnist Bill Maxwell spoke for many of us in his article on resistance to technological change (“A neo-Luddite can survive,” Feb. 9).
People carry around high-tech items these days that they claim to need, but that in reality provide little beyond novelty and amusement.
A friend of mine brought a recent conversation to a dead halt three times while he Googled a word one of us had used, checked his e-mail and reviewed the latest news on his fancy phone.
Maxwell confesses that he does not know what Facebook is, but I can assure him that he is not missing a thing. Should we really care what our friends are doing every minute or who is a friend of whom?
True, technology has in many important ways improved our productivity and efficiency. I am a writer and could never go back to the typewriter or pen. And people in some professions cannot succeed without the instant communication that hand-held devices now make possible.
But our world will not collapse if we spend more time disconnected.
A quality service
Thank you very much for printing the air quality reports in The Tribune.
There are many people on the Mesa, especially the elderly or people with family members and children who have respiratory problems, who are concerned about the PM10 problems. These reports can allow them to take appropriate action, like staying indoors on bad days or periods.
It will also raise the awareness of our South County residents regarding this potential health hazard. Thank you for an important community service!