Bowing to fear
Some city councilmembers are afraid of the dark. San Luis Obispo’s “happiest place” moniker is distilled in part from an extensive social fabric woven by both adults and minors. Councilmembers Marx, Ashbaugh, and Carter’s support and passage of the SLO curfew deteriorates the very foundation of trust between adults and minors. Granted, some minors commit crimes, as do some adults, but the assumption that minors out after 11 p.m. are destined for trouble represents at best a mistrust of parents and young people.
Police Chief Deborah Linden’s job may be to propose restrictions on freedom, which result in a “quiet and safe” community, but the City Council should balance these authoritarian proposals with a strong emphasis on the long-term trust and happiness of the SLO community. Shame on the council members who bowed to a fear of the night
San Luis Obispo
Leave it to parents
I wholeheartedly concur with The Tribune’s editorial (May 8) challenging the need for a curfew for minors in SLO.
Should this ordinance pass, it will be illegal for a minor to attend a movie or stop by a restaurant after 11 p.m. weeknights or midnight on weekends, including during school vacations.
I believe it is beyond the purview of the council to impose these restrictions on the civil liberties of our young adults. I agree with Dan Carpenter that setting a curfew is a parental responsibility. It’s not as if the police lack authority to arrest a minor for violating the law or question someone arousing concern.
This arbitrary curfew does nothing to teach or encourage responsible behavior. Perhaps if the curfew age were lower (say, under 16) this might be more palatable. Even then, I believe this authority should rest with the parents.
It’s not too late to stop this from becoming law. Two councilmembers (Smith and Carpenter) opposed this at its initial hearing; only one more “no” vote is needed.
This council has shown a willingness to listen to the will of its constituents. I urge all who oppose this curfew ordinance to call the council (781-7114) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Luis Obispo
Live without fear
I would like you to join the fight against bullies. There are bullies across the country. I am bullied, so I know what it is like.
Every day, you don’t know what is going to happen. Will today be a good day or a bad day?
Everybody has a right to live without fear. Sadly, the people who are bullies are usually also being bullied somewhere in their life. I would like to see schools and community get more involved against bullying.
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Let us work together to put love before hate. To those who are bullies, please stop. You cause more damage than you realize.
Sixth grade, Shell Beach School