Bob Cuddy is to be congratulated on his March 15 column, “It’s your right to be contentious, just don’t get violent.” It was the most objective review of the interactions between the Los Osos Sewer obstructionists and the Board of Supervisors that we have read. The supervisors and Mr. Ogren have gone to great lengths to interact with 100 percent of the community that was willing to listen. Mr. Gibson and Mr. Ogren answered all of our questions.
The largest percent of this community wants this solved after 30 years of study. We are happy with the Board of Supervisors, Mr. Ogren and the county workers who have worked so hard for a solution. Time to move forward and solve as soon as possible.
First, let me say that my thoughts are with the people of Japan. They have lost so much.
So thanks, Lon Allan, in the March 15 column “Don’t take away my PG&E SmartMeter,” for helping relieve some of that worry for a moment. You have given me something else to worry about for at least a minute or two.
My SmartMeter has been affecting things over here on Rosario Avenue also — or, at least, I sure hope it’s been my SmartMeter, not yours. It definitely affects the tape measure. Mine seems to move from room to room and is never where I left it. But the upside is all the extra walking I get looking for the darn thing.
I lost 2 pounds this week alone!
A small group of Republican state senators is demanding that California dismantle the state’s environmental protection laws in exchange for their support of a state budget. I was saddened to learn that our own Sam Blakeslee is among them.
California has long been a leader in protecting the environment, and developers see the current crisis as an opportunity to undo decades of hard work.
During Sam’s campaign, he promised us that his ties to developers and the oil industry would not weaken his commitment to environmental protection. Please remind him that we expect him to honor that promise.
Benefit vs. risk
I voice my support of Sam Blakeslee’s recent reflections on Diablo Canyon that were offered in the March 20 edition of The Tribune. His commitment to the safety of our community should be supported. As a geophysicist, his opinion could be regarded as expert.
When a person is confronted by the loss of a loved one, wether it be due to drunken drivers, violence or accident, the reality of the situation is overwhelming. One never thought it could happen to them and no explanation is sufficient. No one can doubt that accidents do happen, or fail to recognize the value of our children and the beauty of our Central Coast.
Although Mr. Blakeslee is of a different political party than I, we agree that an independent review of the safety of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant is important to the well-being of our community. Does the benefit of nuclear energy outweigh the risks to us?
San Luis Obispo
Not a non-problem
Your position indicates you think the trash can ordinance is silly. Perhaps your position (showing neither understanding nor empathy for many experiencing this problem) is sillier.
People I know who strive to maintain quality conditions in neighborhoods have rich personal lives (i.e. “get out”). More importantly, they also dedicate time and effort to improving their city. They should be thanked, not criticized.
1. It appears you don’t know there are many areas where problems exist.
2. Good for you if that means you live in a good neighborhood like mine — or perhaps you don’t reside in San Luis?
3. It must mean you are unaware that we have many neighborhoods that show significant deterioration and need our concern and support.
4. It certainly means you don’t understand that something important enough for (responsible) people to agree that an ordinance is necessary is a problem.
5. Something is not less of a problem simply because you don’t personally experience it.
6. It follows that people without complete understanding of a problem should not be writing about it.
San Luis Obispo
PG&E is applying for a renewal license for Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, but according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s inspection reports, they have documented an “adverse trend” of chronic errors in safety equipment.
In addition to this, PG&E’s application for renewal lacks crucial information on the seismic risks to the plant, along with addressing the airborne environmental impacts of a reasonably foreseeable spectrum of spent fuel pool accidents caused by earthquakes, since Diablo Canyon is in such close proximity to two earthquake faults — the Hosgri Fault and the Shoreline Fault.
The Japanese are in the midst of their disaster. Do we have to live in fear of one in our community?
Come to the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday and ask supervisors to oppose the relicensing of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant and do all they can to keep San Luis Obispo County safe.
San Luis Obispo
The third justice
I’ve always believed there are two types of justice: one for the poor and middle class and another for the rich. With Judge Michael Duffy’s dismissal of CHP Capt. Martin Whited’s driving-under-the-influence case, I have to add a third: justice reserved for law enforcement and those in positions of power.
I don’t blame Judge Duffy. He made a decision based on the insufficient evidence presented to him. I blame the officers on the scene that night who clearly believed Capt. Whited was drunk but failed to insist on administering a test to prove it.
Yesterday, I saw a road condition advisory billboard announcing, “Turn in Drunk Drivers, call 911.” They should have added this disclaimer, “ unless the driver is a cop.”
Victor Hanson can rant weekly about drilling for oil, but drill or not, the quantity of oil produced in the United States will continue to decline as it has for the past 40 years.
In a market economy, which we more or less have, the only way to reduce consumption of a resource is to allow its price to rise, or impose the rise by taxation. With oil, we should have been doing this for decades. Then our transition to an economy based on renewable energy would have been much easier.
I just read that the Lucia Mar school district is considering selling some surplus land to bail themselves out.
Considering? If any of the schools, colleges, prisons or other state agencies have surplus land, cars, etc., sell them before you start laying off our teachers. This should be a no-brainer and you shouldn’t have to have an advisory committee formed to resolve this issue.