Get on the ball
Some time ago, there was an announcement from our president that he would take action investigating the process and methods of how higher oil prices are established.
His good intentions must have hit a snag. I believe there is a more direct way to gain lower oil prices for the American public and our economy. It is by using our persuasion in foreign relations to short-circuit the hedge funds’ contrived cycles. For instance, negotiate directly with the Saudi government for oil delivery to the United States at prices that do not interfere with our economic recovery. Now that would be an investment, Mr. President.
Make the oil available pronto to our refineries with sharp oversight action, so the other game to shaft the public would finally be curtailed. This will give a signal to the profiteering parties that the game is over. Let them know that any subsequent sharp increase will be followed up with another lower price shipment. And if our national reserve can be used to facilitate such oil transfer, that would enable an immediate way for lower gas prices. I urge our senators and congressmen/women to get on the ball.
Tell your stories
It is heartbreaking to read of cuts close to $3 million at our community college and to realize the impact this will have on the students and staff of our community. I, for one, benefited in a huge way to have access to Cuesta College. The classes allowed me to advance my professional growth in nursing and child health.
If you have a similar story, please speak up to our two state legislators, representing us in Sacramento. Your stories of local access to higher education will resonate with them and encourage them to move forward on a budget that will reduce these horrendous cuts.
San Luis Obispo
Send a message
The San Bruno gas leak and blast killed eight and destroyed an entire neighborhood, according to the Associated Press story “PG&E line that blew had prior leak” published on June 9. Nine months later, PG&E located documents showing a prior gas leak only a few miles away, demonstrating that the company was not only incompetent, but criminally responsible for the destruction of lives and property.
PG&E has a history of building on earthquake faults. The proposed and defeated Bodega Bay Nuclear Power Plant was originally sited on the San Andreas Fault. Now PG&E assures us that Diablo is designed and built to withstand the greatest earthquake possible from the Hosgri Fault, three and a half miles away. Only Mother Nature knows what magnitude earthquake might happen here — and when.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission order to delay hearings for 52 months on PG&E’s request to relicense Diablo Canyon is a common-sense decision. Now, the NRC needs to look into PG&E’s ability to manage the aging Diablo plant in compliance with NRC regulations — something it is failing to do, according to NRC reports.
Join me at the Embassy Suites at 6 p.m. today in San Luis Obispo to give that message to the NRC staff.
PG&E President Chris Johns said June 6, “no priority is more pressing, no responsibility more important and no commitment more fundamental than the safe operations of the plant.”
My response is that no priority is more pressing, no responsibility is more important and no commitment is more fundamental than the safety of the children, families, wildlife and homes within the communities that have to deal with nuclear power production and waste storage — not to mention the safety of the future generations, who will have to deal with our radioactive dumping ground.
Diablo Canyon compromises that safety, and I speak for many of the residents of Los Osos when I say that I want it to be decommissioned.
We, the people of this beautiful county, need to stand up and demand the shutdown of Diablo Canyon. This is where we live, and we don't want to be another community destroyed by greed-driven power plants. This community needs to stand together right now and demand a shutdown and removal of all spent rods.
Thanks for netting
Avila Beach residents wish to thank Archie Corpuz of Aloha Pest Management for installing swallow netting on the community building. Thanks, also, to The Tribune for the photo showing the installation.
Archie not only installed it, he donated the labor for the installation. The Civic Association, which owns the building, could not afford the cost. Help has also come from the Audubon Society in the person of Stephanie Little, who found Archie for us.
As the saying goes, “It takes a village...”, and we are grateful.
Anne M. Brown
Happy to pay for transfers
After reading a second letter critical of the libraries, I am compelled to put in my two cents’ worth.
The funding the library receives comes from our tax dollars. Would I like to see the libraries open more hours? Absolutely, but I am realistic enough to know that would require more from all of us. Does anyone want to see fire or sheriff protection funding decreased so the libraries can have more? I don’t.
It was probably at least five years ago that I told a local librarian that I thought they should charge more than 50 cents for book transfers. I will be happy to pay a measly $1 to receive the book I want to read delivered to my local library. I don’t have enough knowledge to say whether the $15 cost is accurate or not, but I’m positive that it costs more than $1 to drive these books all over the county, given the cost of gas.
Our county, our cities and our state are choking. We have to take as much responsibility to help as we can, since the clowns up in Sacramento can’t agree on anything.