Never a better time
In response to your editorial titled, “Timing is not right for Cuesta center” (Feb. 17), many of us think that the timing could not be better!
Real estate prices and commercial rental rates are down and the building is nearly perfect with regards to location, size, parking availability and potential for growth. Plus, how often do you find a landlord willing to donate nearly $1 million to the college to make tenant improvements? It is a rare time and we must act quickly to take advantage of this unique situation.
Gil Stork and the appropriate people at Cuesta College will continue their hard work on the steps necessary to fully reach the Accreditation Committee’s recommendations and maintain it as a top priority.
The steps to secure the new South County campus site will not minimize their attention to this important matter. The additional campus is being fully endorsed by the Cuesta College Foundation after full consideration of all the facts.
This is something the college has wanted to do for nearly 30 years and it needs the support of our community. We cannot always pick a perfect time for anything, and certainly there are other considerations and work that must continue unabated, but we must not let this opportunity pass us by.
Change of tune
Regarding Adrienne Dickinson’s Viewpoint titled, “Pensions offer no free ride” (Feb. 16): Dickinson’s comments are off base. She complains that The Tribune is attacking pensions of public employees. Then she suggests that she is entitled to her vested State Teachers Retirement System plan that she has been paying into.
No one is suggesting that public employees with vested plans should not receive their pension benefits. The public is complaining that prospectively we should reduce or eliminate public pension plans where the public is paying the lion’s share.
In spite of the title about pensions, it is clear from Dickinson’s Viewpoint that she really wants to complain about the taxes she pays that go to “weapons and destruction and killing.”
She throws in a false claim that “more than half of our federal tax money goes toward destruction and killing.” Is this lady really a teacher? In President George Bush’s last year, the defense budget was 22 percent of total spending. This past year, it was 23 percent. Dickinson apparently does not think our nation should defend itself or be a military presence in the world.
Maybe if we had a string of events like 9/11, she might change her tune.
Melvin de la Motte
San Luis Obispo
Law shouldn’t be
Ray Johnson, a former mayor of Atascadero, recently responded in a letter (“Council did its job,” Feb. 15) to a column by Lon Allan titled, “People deserve to know why police chief left” (Feb. 8).
Allan wrote about how former City Council member Mike Brennler “accused the city staff and some of his fellow council members of not being transparent, making back-room deals that had a slight odor and denied the public from knowing what was going on and why.”
Allan also wrote that “too many government agencies hide behind the ‘personnel issue’ and keep what should be ‘the people’s business from the people.’ ”
Johnson’s response was that the “city has released everything it can by law and is forbidden by law from releasing the information Allan wants to know.” He concludes by saying, “It is a cheap shot to say the City Council is not transparent or hiding when it is complying with state law.”
I think that perhaps Allan’s point was that laws which allow politicians to make decisions that have the appearance of abusing the public trust without having to be openly accountable for these decisions should not exist. If not Allan’s opinion, it certainly is mine.
On behalf of Enhancement Inc., a breast cancer support organization in Morro Bay, I wish to thank People First of San Luis Obispo for their recent donation of $431 to our organization.
We find it especially heartwarming that an advocacy group for people with disabilities in San Luis Obispo County, in jeopardy of losing some of their funding due to cutbacks by the state, would see fit to donate to our organization at this time.
Donations like this to our breast cancer care fund help us provide support and services to underserved women in San Luis Obispo County with their breast cancer-related treatment costs.
For further information about Enhancement or this fund, call us at 771-8640 or visit our website at www.enhancementinc.org.
Once again, thanks for the generous and thoughtful donation. This organization really does live up to its name: People First!
Enhancement, Inc. executive director
I am in the eighth grade at Old Mission School and have had the opportunity to volunteer at the Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum. This museum is located in San Luis Obispo at 801 Grand Ave.
I am writing to encourage people in our community, as well as tourists, to take the time to visit the Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free.
The museum has wonderful displays that give an overview of American history. Also, the museum is staffed with very knowledgeable docents.
I have learned a great deal about our country’s history by visiting and spending time at the Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum. I hope you will visit this wonderful local museum, too.
Thanks to many
On behalf of the Exploration Station Board of Directors, staff and volunteers, we would like to thank the many people who made our latest exhibits and grand unveiling a huge success.
First, our heartfelt gratitude to Tanja Kehler and her talented crew, Peter Clark, Kevin Penrod, Johnny Diaz, Johnny Punches, Kelly Conners, Claude Hartman, Darrel Greene and Bob Mires, whose vision and hard work made the solar system come alive and Jenna McDaniel for the beautiful sun mural.
Thanks to our in-house crew who worked with and around us for the weeks it took to install the new exhibit: Ellen Wood, Jim Middlemist, Roger Feldtmose, Jim Gadsby, Alvina Marsolek and Larry Doyle.
Our sincere appreciation to Miner’s Hardware; Burdine Printing; Tom Reding; the Arroyo Grande Valley Kiwanis and the Five Cities Mens Club.
This new exhibit was made possible by a grant from the Nichols Foundation, which would not have been possible without the help and encouragement of Daryl Cameron.
Last, our deepest thanks from the Exploration Station and the entire community to Mary-Lee and Clifford Clark, and the Clark family, whose foresight, dedication and generosity have again enhanced the South County.
On Jan. 29, a tribute was held for five outstanding artists in our community. The San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Honors, presented by the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo, celebrated artists in the following categories: Suzy Miller for dance, Michael Nowak for directing, John Battalino for drama, Barbara Hoff for instrumental and Jill Anderson for vocals. The program setting is similar to the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.
Nowak was presented by Gil Stork and a string sextet performed on stage. Battalino was given a stirring pronouncement by Bob Wacker after which members of the PCPA, The Great American Melodrama and Chameleon Productions performed.
Miller was introduced by a dancing Dale Wolff who turned over the stage to three exquisite dance performances. Anderson was introduced by Jon Fugler. Opera San Luis Obispo Trio and Canzona then performed.
Hoff was given a proclamation by Leslie McKinley on her talent on keyboards. The San Luis Obispo Vocal Arts Ensemble performed and alumni of the ensemble from all over the western United States joined them.
Thanks to all who attended this spectacular evening to honor our local artists! Please mark your calendars for Jan. 28, 2012!
Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo president
Teamwork and spirit
Teens At Work, a project of The LINK, would like to thank Quota International of Atascadero for its generous support of our program. We owe a special debt of gratitude to Quotarian Cathy Hendrix who, in a matter of days, organized a holiday bazaar fundraiser at the Santa Margarita Auction Barn where local artists came together to display and sell their work.
Quota generously donated a portion of the sales to Teens At Work, plus our teens were given a booth to sell their hand-made Scrabble tile necklaces and greeting cards. In addition, Quota made a generous donation of $500.
The members of Quota International of Atascadero most definitely lived up to the Quota motto, “we share,” by not only donating funds, but creating an event that offered our teens the opportunity to participate and to market their products.
This is exactly the kind of teamwork and entrepreneurial spirit that we endeavor to instill in the teens who participate in our program. Teens At Work will be forever grateful for the generous support of Quota and we look forward to collaborating with this dynamic group of individuals in the future.
Teens At Work program director
A wonderful gift
Regarding the photo and short article about Paul Rys and his daffodils (“No roses needed,” Feb. 14):
What a wonderful gift Rys is providing and sharing with the community with his beautiful daffodils! Is there anything prettier, brighter or that makes you smile like seeing the first daffodils in bloom?
The Cambria Garden Club started selling daffodil bulbs in 2000 as a “Beautification of Cambria” program, as well as a means for raising money for scholarships for local high school students.
In the years since, we have sold more than 80,000 bulbs and once again Cambria is starting to bloom with lots of bright daffodils. This time of year is wonderful to drive around Cambria and see all the bulbs popping up everywhere, just like the joy of seeing your garden burst into bloom.
Because of people like Rys and the many people who purchased bulbs from our garden club, San Luis Obispo County may one day be a “spring daffodil destination.”
Speaking for the garden club members, we thank Rys for all the pleasure he and his bulbs are giving to so many.
The Cambria Garden Club