Restore local control
Binding arbitration is an undemocratic, irresponsible and divisive method for establishing benefits for San Luis Obispo police and firefighters.
Binding arbitration is undemocratic because it hands over the ruling power of the public and its elected representatives to a nonresident arbitrator who comes to our city, makes a decision, collects his fee and disappears with no responsibility for the outcome of his decision.
Binding arbitration is irresponsible because the City Council is not responsible, as it should be, for the judicious allocation of public funds.
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Binding arbitration has caused a schism in the City Council, created inequities and moral problems among city employees and diminished public faith in those officers sworn to protect us.
Our city could resolve this matter quickly if the two dissenting members of the City Council would join the majority in supporting repeal of binding arbitration, if the unions would add their support and if the voters of San Luis Obispo would push to have this divisive policy removed from our City Charter.
The San Luis Obispo City Council will make important decisions on binding arbitration at a meeting tonight at 7 p.m. If you would like to see your tax dollars returned to local control, show your support by attending tonight’s meeting.
Carroll R. McKibbin
San Luis Obispo
Not the cause
Where did all of the money go?
I am fed up with all the politicians telling us that Social Security is the main cause of the deficit.
I, for one, would like to see an accounting as to just where the funds have all gone. Why should it be costing the government anything?
Did we not all put in the funds over the years? What about the millions of people who have put in thousands upon thousands of dollars? Or the millions that put in funds and then died just prior to their retirement age without collecting a dime?
I would sure like to hear an explanation as to just why Social Security is the culprit and it is costing the government all of this money. Why is it costing anything?
Want to save some money? Let’s stop being the peace force and the police and protectors for the entire world and bring our troops home.
End the geese hunt
In December, I was enjoying a peaceful morning sailing in Morro Bay and observing the majestic brant geese. Shots rang out and I witnessed two of these beautiful creatures get shot while flying into an ambush.
One was winged and struggled helplessly. A dog retrieved this innocent bird to a hunter who killed it in a most inhumane way!
I am appalled that a select few are allowed to hunt brant geese in Morro Bay. Morro Bay is a wildlife sanctuary! How long will this obtrusive practice be allowed to continue?
As long as the people of Los Osos, Morro Bay and other communities say nothing, the practice will continue. Let’s stand up together to advise the California Department of Fish and Game to end the hunt in Morro Bay.
San Luis Obispo
EPA a hindrance
The Environmental Protection Agency and the myriad of other alphabet government agencies have done nothing but hinder the progress of the United States. These agencies have more control over our lives than our duly elected representatives.
If these agencies had existed 50 years ago, we would not have the interstate highway system we have today. Instead, we would still be reviewing thousands of environmental impact reports.
Furthermore, if these regulatory agencies had existed 220 years ago, we would all be living East of the Allegheny Mountains. Wagon trains would not have been allowed to cross the pristine prairies and animal rights activists certainly would not have allowed oxen to be used to pull a heavy cart that far.
Today, the environmentalists, along with their cohorts in all these agencies, have kept us from developing our own sources of energy, resulting in our dependence on foreign sources for our oil supplies.
It is time to put these agencies in abeyance for a five-year period and watch the ingenuity of the American people go to work. Not only will jobs suddenly appear, but the economy will improve and we will become less dependent on the Middle East for oil supplies.
Stanley D. Schaffer