Get rid of chickens
The recent killing of the bear in the San Luis Obispo neighborhood has saddened and angered me. I have lived in this neighborhood since 1954 and have been visited from time to time over the years by deer, foxes, mountain lions, opossum, raccoons, squirrels and who knows what else. The only damage has been loss of fruit on my trees.
Keeping chickens in a residential neighborhood should not be allowed. They are dirty and present an unattractive nuisance.
The homeowners who asked for a depredation permit should be required to get rid of the chickens and pay for the killing and removal of that beautiful, healthy bear — for which taxpayers are paying.
We will continue to have more predators in this neighborhood as long as people are allowed to raise chickens.
San Luis Obispo
Losing faith in your local government?
A bear gets shot for eating somebody’s chickens? How sweet. Isn’t California the Bear Republic? Don’t we have a bear on our state flag? Ever hear of tranquilizing the bear, throwing him in the back of a truck and letting the bear loose in Yellowstone National Park or another remote location?
Aaaah, it’s too expensive. Too much trouble. Can’t balance our budget. The owner of the chickens is all upset. Don’t we pay our officials to think?
Tastes like chicken?
Could the meat from the bear that was killed in San Luis Obispo have been donated to the prison?
It probably would have tasted just like chicken!
Hansen had it wrong
Victor Davis Hansen is at it again. In his June 30 column, “An Exceptional Fourth of July,” he refers to the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York and contends that the “supposedly liberal French elites were outraged that America would dare bring charges against such an established aristocrat.”
I was in France at the time of the arrest, traveling with two Parisian friends, so I know firsthand what their reaction was. The only thing that upset them was the fact that Mr. Strauss-Kahn was handcuffed and “perp walked” before he was even indicted. This habit of ours is a little hard to explain to people who are seeing it for the first time. I was asked if this practice made it difficult to choose juries since DSK already appeared guilty.
When I answered yes, they were confounded.
The French do not condone rape, despite what the “freedom fries” crowd thinks, but they do feel it is better for everyone, “perp” and victim alike, if these things are handled a little more discreetly. Now, as it turns out, the case against DSK is falling apart, and the image of him in handcuffs is even harder to explain.
Lee Van Leeuwen
San Luis Obispo
Hill was on the mark
While some people may think it is wrong for a leader to stand up against prejudice and against those who sow discord, I think it is exactly what we need more of in our county.
I salute San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill for asking other leaders to distance themselves from people who express casual bigotry. I applaud Hill for standing his ground in the face of personal attacks on his motives for speaking out, and I am thankful The Tribune has taken a responsible position on this.
San Luis Obispo