Bill Morem’s July 21 column about the hidden epidemic of Lyme disease was so very representative of Lyme disease sufferers who don’t outwardly appear ill. The way this disease attacks the body and destroys the health of the recipient is amazing.
I was infected by a tick bite in SLO County in an area adjacent to Poly Canyon. Fortunately, I was diagnosed within eight months of the bite and am very lucky to now be in the dormant stage of the disease.
Prevention is imperative! If you hike with your dogs, make sure that they are treated with a topical tick prevention product.
If you suspect or don’t really know if you’ve been bitten by a tick and have muscle aches or feel rather fatigued, don’t hesitate to see a Lyme-literate doctor. The two mentioned in Morem’s column are excellent.
You can recover. But it is a disease that is going to become more and more prevalent because of tick infestations. And it is definitely in San Luis Obispo County.
Karen Corda Adler
San Luis Obispo
Facts on granite
Gerard Parsons’ July 14 letter “Get behind quarry” is long on opinion, but short on facts. The poor guy, Las Pilitas Resources, is a limited liability company, backed by investors formed to permit and operate a large scale quarry operation.
The landowner, Oster Trust, has been soliciting a miner for years, but only recently found one willing to overlook the many problematic site constraints and close proximity to residential zoning that make the proposal of a quarry in this location an iffy proposition.
Granite is indeed a useful resource used for construction projects, but high-quality aggregate, the type used in concrete, requires washing. The project application specifically states no aggregate will be washed. There are two other quarries nearby that are meeting demands appropriately sited with large buffers to any surrounding residents.
The approval of a Conditional Use Permit is not determined by popular opinion. The merits of the project must provide more benefits to the community than the impacts created. That’s going to be a tall order, given the constraints of this particular site.
Get the facts before you get behind anything.
A special Mozaic
For the past three Festival Mozaic seasons, I have been privileged to attend the concert hosted by Judge Bill Clark and his family at Chapel Hill in Shandon. Each year I have vowed to write a letter to your staff praising the musical programs developed by Music Director Scott Yoo, the extraordinary level of musicianship of festival orchestra players and featured soloists, and the generosity and grace of the Clark family.
This year’s concert was, once again, a special event. Scott Yoo did a wonderful job in assembling the “Best of the Baroque” program. The musicians — particularly the flute soloists, cello soloists and Scott and his friend Dale Barltrop on violin — were incredible. The weather cooperated. The Clark family — from Pete and Paul directing traffic and crowd flow, to Nina meeting and greeting, to Judge Clark’s personal welcome to all — demonstrated, once again, an extraordinary level of hospitality.
Thanks and “bravo” to Festival Mozaic and to the Clark family, two of the many things we, the residents of San Luis Obispo County, have to be grateful for.
San Luis Obispo
Once a Republican
On the day President George W. Bush first took office, the national debt stood at $5.727 trillion. The national debt was $10.4 trillion when he left office.
In taking office in late January 2009, Obama immediately inherited a growing $1.2 trillion federal deficit, largely caused by declining revenues and Bush’s response to the economic crisis. Two unfunded wars were being fought. The growing great recession begun when the Bush administration was in its near deepest depths. Federal revenues, before the recession-caused declining tax revenues, were near record lows, while the two wars continued and the Bush tax cuts failed to significantly create jobs.
Congress gave the Bush administration seven national debt limit increases.
Where were the highly critical tea party people and the Republicans during the Bush administration?
Once, I was a 43-year Republican.
San Luis Obispo
The roads to ruin
Those who say that the reckless spending and reckless borrowing of the Obama administration are the roads to ruin are absolutely right.
The debate and courageous stand by the tea party, pressing the debt ceiling law, holds the Democrats and Obama accountable for the consequences of their irresponsibility for driving the country to the brink of bankruptcy.
Tough to cut back
Our government is like a household that will not live within its means.
It is as if we have financed the three new cars, a boat, a motorcycle and a house with a huge pool. We take our yearly vacation to Hawaii and are trying to keep our kids in college. We have an annual income of $150,000, but our bills come to $250,000. We asked our employer for a $100,000 raise and they said no! So, we threatened our employer that without a raise, we will be forced to cancel our health insurance, eliminate our grocery bill and stop helping our elderly parents financially.
We don’t talk about selling the cars, boat, downsizing the house or cutting off the cable.
It’s going to be rough to try and eliminate this deficit, but it’s going to be worse if we continue to let it grow.