Thanks to masons
A well-built curb is a wonder to behold, particularly when it curbs erosion and secures public access to a historic structure such as the Point San Luis Lighthouse.
As president of the Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers, I want to publicly thank the members of Cement Masons, Local 600.
Business Agent David Baldwin saw the need at the Point San Luis Lighthouse to rebuild crumbling curbs and a collapsing 1890 rainwater catch basin. The mason’s apprentices, with their supervising instructors, came out to the Point to provide skilled union craftsmen to rebuild curbs that literally keep Lighthouse Road from sliding down the bluff. These apprentices are in the midst of restoring the historic catch basin constructed to preserve rainwater for the residents at the Light Station in the 1890s, well before drilling technology made it possible to get any other source of fresh water for drinking, growing crops or watering their livestock.
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The help of Cement Masons, Local 600, has been critical to the nonprofit Lighthouse Keepers’ effort to restore, maintain, open and operate the Point San Luis Light Station as a public park.
To book a trolley tour to the Light Station, call 805-540-5771.
President, Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers
I am a concerned citizen of San Luis Obispo County. My main concern is the lack of our sheriff’s officers doing their sworn duty. It appears the laws are only upheld if they do not involve an officer of the law.
The dismissal of charges against Martin Whited (The Tribune, March 18) stem from the officers not doing their sworn duty. What else have they allowed to go on?
I feel it would be in the best interest of the citizens of this county to relieve all of the officers involved in this fiasco, dismissed for not doing their sworn duty. I also believe the CHP officers involved should also be dismissed for their failure to follow through with their sworn duty.
It is my understanding (as reported by The Tribune) that protocol was not followed in this DUI type of stop. Why wasn’t it? I am not aware of any existing laws that state an officer is exempt from following the same protocol as any of the regular citizenry. Please inform me if they, in fact, exist.
Somehow, I was under the impression that “the good ol’ boy” type of justice didn’t exist in California. It appears I was misled.
EPA has expertise
The Clean Air Act saves lives. Since it was significantly amended in 1970, the Clean Air Act has succeeded in cutting unhealthy levels of air pollution throughout the country and has done so at a reasonable cost.
Now the Environmental Protection Agency is updating regulations under the Clean Air Act to control toxic air pollutants, curb emissions from big power plants, and limit the pollutants that are causing global climate change. Unfortunately, special interests and their allies in Congress are trying to curtail the EPA’s authority and sidetrack these new rules.
This is a critical public health and environmental issue. But it is also a good government issue. In passing the Clean Air Act, Congress recognized that it is poorly equipped to make specific technical and scientific determinations. So Congress set overall goals, including protecting public health.
The EPA was delegated the responsibility to work with the best scientists and engineers in reviewing scientific data, monitoring industrial processes, and developing appropriate controls. Bypassing this process and letting Congress second-guess specific regulations at the behest of special interest lobbyists is simply bad government. It substitutes raw politics for scientific expertise.
San Luis Obispo
Once again, we have the lefties putting on their Chicken Little suits to enlighten us as to what happened at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
This is a terrible situation for the people of Japan, and we trivialize their plight when we’re not honest about the cause. According to some here, we should believe the reactors failed due to the initial earthquake.
Let’s look at the facts: There was the earthquake, then there was the tsunami; the diesel fuel delivery system was destroyed by the wave, and there was no back-up generators and no coolant to the reactors — therefore the reactors overheated.
The reactors survived the earthquake. Poor planning created the disaster. Instead of condemning nuclear power, perhaps we should discuss how it could be better provided on a micro scale, safely, while addressing our energy needs.
My father’s doctoral thesis from MIT in 1947 was a design for a “breeder” nuclear reactor that would also act as a desalination plant for remote areas of the world. That technology was brushed aside by the elite of the time. He went on to patent a wave motion generator for the Navy. I learned from my dad that America’s greatness is its people.
As others see us
“Oh would some power the gift give us, to see ourselves as others see us.” Robert Burns certainly hit it on the head, especially during this period of global disenchantment with the United States.
Americans, as a people, might be appreciated overseas. But our government — backed by the industrial/banking powerhouse and their machinations since World War II — has most people worldwide unhappy. This world attitude was primarily enhanced by our aiding and abetting criminal thugs who were and are heads of states — for example: Cuba’s Fulgencio Batista, Nicaragua’s Anastasio Somoza, Chile’s Augusto Pinochet, South Africa’s apartheid regime, Iran’s shah and Indonesia’s Suharto. There are many others.
Washington found it could easily control thugs such as these. More democratic governments would have shoved us out. That is what happened in many states in Latin America, where we have been invited to leave.
Other manifestations of this imperial policy are the hundreds of U.S. military bases worldwide disrupting life in the countries that have these establishments.
Our government needs to step back and take a good look at just where we are going — “to see ourselves as others see us.”
W. R. Cole
No student support
On March 17, I attended the Cal Poly women’s basketball’s first-ever post-season NIT first-round game. Upon entering the gym, I was surprised at the number of gray-haired folks in attendance, though what was really shocking was the almost complete absence of students. Not counting the fired-up and always entertaining Cal Poly Pep Band, there were at most 150 students, and I’m being generous with my count.
Interestingly enough, while in downtown San Luis Obispo earlier in the day, I must have seen at least 1,000 green-clad students, many of them in a less-than-sober state. Perhaps they were unable to find their way to the gym after a day of filling up the coffers of local bars.
Trash can problems
It was very discouraging to read The Tribune’s position on the trash can ordinance modifications (March 17).
Objecting to improvements to the ordinance makes no sense if you have any pride in your community. Perhaps the writer doesn’t live in San Luis Obispo or needs to get out more and cruise many city neighborhoods where trash cans remain on curbs, streets or in driveways 24/7, where the wind, animals or vehicles knock them over, spilling and blowing garbage all over the street and into neighbors’ yards.
Perhaps the writer hasn’t experienced the problem of rats and other vermin in his/her neighborhood as a result of spilled garbage.
Further, I don’t know anyone who believes that trash cans should be a part of their front yard decorations, like wind chimes and gnomes. Even the writer admits trash cans “aren’t particularly attractive.” The writer suggests that storing cans discreetly would be acceptable. How does one store three large, brightly colored cans discreetly in a front yard? Who determines what is discreet?
This type of vagueness is exactly what created the problems that necessitated the recent ordinance modification. Our citizens have historically taken pride in their community, so it’s difficult to believe that asking our residents to put their trash cans behind their gates or fences is such a huge bother.
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Walmart not needed
I have read the Walmart environmental impact report on file at the Atascadero library, and I am not convinced that noise, dust and traffic impacts during construction are accurately represented.
The landscaping prior to construction would require the use of massive 100-plus-ton earthmovers to carve out and level the hillside and destroy the large trees here. That’s even before construction of the buildings begins.
A project of this magnitude would likely take one or two years to complete, disrupting lifestyles for residents. Would you want this going on in your front yard?
There’s a perfectly good Walmart in Paso Robles, 10 miles away. Do we really need another one?
Ever hear of a concept known to economists as market saturation? It’s the point where demand drops sharply based on oversupply of a product or service.
Is a town of 27,000 likely to provide the ongoing income needed to keep an operation such as this running? Isn’t the El Camino Real corridor commercialized enough without another huge warehouse store selling shoddy goods produced by wage/slave labor overseas?
Low-cost, low-quality (along with discriminatory employment practices) is the Walmart philosophy. No to Walmart!
Cost of Social Security
Charles Krauthammer tells the truth perfectly in his commentary, “Obama’s Social Security Hoax,” March 11.
The $2.5 trillion Social Security surplus was created from FICA taxes above the immediate need to pay monthly benefits. By law, it must be invested in special Treasury securities.
In an agreement between Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and the 1968 Congress, the surplus was brought “on budget” and has since been spent — in its entirety — on other government programs. It is gone.
The proof? Those treasuries can only be redeemed by future taxes or future borrowing.
America’s taxpayers will pay twice to generate the same benefits, first as $2.5 trillion in FICA taxes, then later as $2.5 trillion in income taxes to redeem the treasuries.
Translation: America’s citizens will pay $5 trillion in taxes to generate $2.5 trillion in Social Security benefits.
Imagine that $2.5 trillion as tax cuts — $100 billion a year for 25 years — going to households to use for college, debt reduction, retirement savings and personal consumption, and to businesses for plant expansion, marketing, new hires and capital purchases. That’s the competitiveness of the U.S. economy.
Al Gore was right about the lockbox.
Help is available
In wake of all the publicity during the Steven Smith trial, the North County Women’s Shelter would just like to remind the community about our services.
We provide confidential, no-cost services to women, men and children who have been — or are being — affected by domestic violence.
We offer emergency shelter, counseling, referrals, restraining order assistance and advocacy services.
This case has divided the community, prompting much conversation about the behaviors of both the accused and the victim.
In the end, Judge John Trice’s message was clear: It is unacceptable to use violence to solve problems.
If you or someone you know is in need of support or information regarding intimate partner violence, please contact our office at 805-226-5400 or visit our website at www.ncwomensshelter.org.
Executive director, North County Women’s Shelter & Resource Center
Shut down Diablo
PG&E used power, politics, money, deception, and every dirty trick in the book to build and open the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant (on an earthquake fault) over the protests of the citizens of San Luis Obispo County.
Local elected officials who approved Diablo are to blame, as well. Short-sighted stupidity, greed and sleazy politics prevailed over common sense (as they so often do).
Since then, we have been living with a ticking time bomb in our backyard, with potential environmental consequences far beyond anything we have ever dealt with in this county.
It is heartbreaking to watch the suffering of the people of Japan in the wake of an earthquake, tsunami, and now the meltdown of a nuclear reactor. It is almost beyond imagination that such a thing could happen here; but that is the risk we live with daily.
Common sense would now seem to indicate that the risk of potentially destroying San Luis Obispo County is not offset by the benefit of boiling water with a nuclear reactor to power widgets and pump water in the Central Valley.
Please, let’s shut it down in a controlled manner before it shuts us down.
Until a corporation has to go in for either a prostate exam or a pap smear, it should not be given personhood.