I’m writing this letter in the hope that citizens of SLO County can help change the policies at San Luis Obispo County Animal Services.
Animal Services recently adopted a dog to someone in the county who apparently is a renter. However, after the adoption the new owners found out that they cannot have pets larger than 35 pounds. Now the dog is posted on craigslist.
If the county had been responsible enough to ask for a letter from the landlord or rental company the dog wouldn’t be in this situation.
I know that some of the responsibility lies with the person adopting, but Animal Services should do its part. After all, it’s supposed to be the voice for voiceless.
Woods and other reputable rescue organizations require this of their potential adoptive homes. I think that the county should follow similar guidelines to ensure permanent homes.
For the first time in my life I am truly outraged. Charles Krauthammer’s March 11 column, “Obama’s Social Security Hoax” was the single most irresponsible piece of journalism I have ever read. It was wrong in so many ways I almost don’t know where to start.
To describe President Obama’s approach to Social Security as “a breathtaking fraud,” is disrespectful, wildly inaccurate and harmful. The federal government owes the Social Security Trust Fund $2.5 trillion, plain and simple. That money will be repaid over time and will keep Social Security fully solvent until 2037 while various adjustments are made to the plan. Those “special issue” bonds are not “worthless.”
What Krauthammer and the Republicans are trying to do is shift our attention from the real budget problems, health care and defense. Health care is the elephant in the room. It can’t be fixed by gnawing on the edges. A whole new system needs to be put in place, probably a “Medicare for all” type program. The defense budget is alarmingly large and filled with waste, fraud and abuse. Charles Krauthammer should be ashamed of himself, and it’s time for the adults in Congress to step up.
Lee Van Leeuwen
San Luis Obispo
Recently released Department of Defense data shows that 75 percent of Americans ages 17 to 24 don’t qualify for military service, because they are physically unfit, have a criminal record, or didn’t graduate high school.
The report noted that one fourth of high school graduates are obese. This is up from only 5 percent in 1980.
As a nation, we rank far below all other industrialized nations in infant mortality, health care, and education.
By any standard except our military power, we are a third-rate nation that is falling ever deeper into moral and financial debt.
Far from the glory that was promised when this nation was born, we have become a nation of consumers. This is the legacy that we leave our children — that and obesity.
Thank you for printing beekeeper David Maislen’s viewpoint “Pesticides deadly to bees” (March 2). He pointed out something I had wondered about but never pursued: pesticides as a cause of the colony collapse disorder. When he revealed imidacloprid as the most popular pesticide trade name, I thought, “I’ve seen that word before. But where?” Sure enough, when I checked the dog’s flea medicine, it is the same. Nine percent of a 2.5 milliliter application kills fleas from nose to toes on a 55 pound dog for about a month, and rids the house and an untreated old house cat of fleas. The active ingredient amounts to 0.225 milliliters, which is like a raindrop on your windshield. It is amazingly powerful.
No one knows if the application of this nicotine-based pesticide to animals is affecting bees, but it is an alert: The world is full of connections, and we are a part of the whole. While I don’t like fleas, bees are a different story! As David said, “If we don’t take a more responsible attitude toward what pesticides we use, we’ll wonder where all the food went when all the bees are gone.” I entered “imidacloprid bees” on the Internet, and found interesting reading. Check it out!
A proactive step
I am not sure it is in our best interest to feed our homeless and transients in the same location where children play.
In Paso Robles, our skate park is located in a small recreation area off Riverside Avenue near the fairgrounds. For several years a small church across the street has been doing an outstanding job of providing food twice a day for the homeless and transients.
God bless them for providing services for the needy. Unfortunately, the neighborhood has been experiencing problems, such as vacant homes being broken into, drug paraphernalia and alcohol being found in the alleys and hide-away spots around the residential homes located near the distribution site.
Our children and families in the area shouldn’t be subjected to these unsafe conditions. Services of this kind could be moved out of the residential and park setting to a more suitable location.
Let’s take a proactive step. Assist those concerned and make the appropriate adjustment before we experience a real problem.
Not fun for all
Have you tried the new Pismo Beach attraction? It’s the Pismo Beach Pier obstacle course. Not fun for all ages. The installation of the new planks gives “have a nice trip” a new meaning. Be careful out there, folks!