The Tribune’s editorial (April 22) about the aggressive-pet ordinance that makes it possible to hold landlords accountable for dangerous pets contains an important point.
Aggressive pets can be an issue, to be sure, but those of us who work to improve the lives of dogs and cats know that overpopulation touches many more lives. In fact, estimates of stray, abandoned and feral cats in the North County range into the tens of thousands. Why not require landlords to accept only spayed or neutered pets?
We appreciate The Tribune publishing the euthanasia rates at Animal Services. An improving economy should help the numbers continue to go down, but it also makes sense to highlight the efforts of local organizations and heroic volunteers.
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Woods Humane Society’s Spay-it-Forward program enabled hundreds of low-income people in the North County to spay and neuter their cats at a reasonable cost. Feline Network has been actively working in the South County for years, and the homeless cat problem there has improved. Paws Cause, a new North County spay and neuter project, is approaching its 700th “fix.”
Individuals and families can help with donations and volunteering. Residents can foster a litter of kittens, help a lowincome neighbor get a cat fixed, hold a pet food drive or help manage a colony of community cats. We all need to work together to improve the lives of cats on the Central Coast.
Volunteer, Paws Cause
Not so abysmal
Allen Litten’s letter, “Spending problem” (April 21), compels clarification. He calls President Barack Obama’s record “abysmal.” Despite unified Republican opposition, Obama accomplished 25 months of private-sector job growth, credit card and Wall Street reform, increased small-business loans, no health care denial for preexisting conditions, health care doughnuthole closure, Pell Grant expansion, children’s health care, and equal pay for women. Abysmal?
Is it “class warfare” when the 1 percent saw their incomes grow 275 percent between 1970 and 2007, and during the same period the 99 percent saw only a 20 percent increase in income — or perhaps it is inequality?
The significance of the “Buffett rule,” Mr. Litten, is not only the $4 billion to $5 billion per year it would generate, but it would also promote our sense of government fairness, not slashing programs for the poor and middle class so millionaires can receive favored treatment.
Mr. Litten condemns Obama’s spending. When the economy is in a crisis, as it was when George W. Bush left office, the government has to spend money to jumpstart it again. That monetary and fiscal stimulus our economy received has resulted in a 2 percent growth this year. Conversely, Europe’s policy of raising taxes and cutting spending (austerity) has led to low tax revenues and a larger deficit.
Standards not met
The Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club wishes candidates Adam Hill and Jim Patterson the best of luck in their reelection bid for the Board of Supervisors. As The Tribune’s article pointed out, the club’s good wishes stop short of formal endorsement, though the club offered “actions short of endorsement” for Mr. Patterson, meaning we offered to assist his campaign in outreach to our members.
The chapter’s decision was based on a number of votes and actions by Supervisors Hill and Patterson, and not, as Mr. Patterson appears to believe, on any single action or vote. It was a tough decision, as the differences between opposing candidates in both races are quite clear.
But endorsements are meaningless unless standards are set by the endorser and met by the candidate. Neither Mr. Hill nor Mr. Patterson met the Sierra Club’s standards over the past four years, but we look forward to working with them to change that in the years to come.
We hope that voters cast their ballots for the candidates they think will do the best job of conserving San Luis Obispo County.
Director, Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club
Lucky to have Jim
Our community has benefited tremendously from the contributions of Supervisor Jim Patterson. He has personally raised tens of thousands of dollars and donated countless hours for local projects, especially the expansion of the Atascadero library, which will provide jobs and education for generations.
Every week he can be found putting in his time on community events and attending public meetings. The official record shows that Jim led the effort, not only to bring the new library and county offices to Atascadero, but to bring the solar projects to the North County, despite the opposition from many in his political base. That’s balanced leadership and policy expertise, the sort of expertise that we would lose without his presence on the Board of Supervisors.
We are lucky to have Jim as apublic servant, and we should stay the course and re-elect him on June 5.
Stick with Patterson
Jim Patterson is and has been a major force for balanced progress in our county. His contributions to the Atascadero library expansion are critical to its success and exemplify the kind of hard work characteristic of his leadership. He has not only been a major fundraiser and donor but was instrumental in making it possible for the library to put to use a large empty building in Atascadero’s downtown, doubling the present library floor space.
Jim believes in a balanced approach to government, and his support for the solar projects on the Carrizo Plain demonstrates his ability to make good cost/benefit compromises. As for his work ethic, it’s hard to imagine a more hands-on, involved member of the community. I seem to see him everywhere — at fundraisers for many nonprofits, working Colony Days, cleaning up the creeks, pitching in on Kiwanis projects, attending community meetings and much more.
Let’s stick with the winner we have and re-elect Jim as Supervisor in District 5.
Bruce T. Bevans
Scrooge among us
Citizens of the “happiest city on Earth,” do I hear the ranting of a Scrooge among us? I believe so. It appears that the race noise from the energetic, funloving, excited participants in the highly successful SLO Marathon/Half Marathon/5k Run-Walk was more than one of our neighbors could handle. (“Loud marathon,” letters, April 24).
How dare they start the race at 6 a.m. rather than a decent hour such as 7? And what about all of that noise? Certainly the race directors should be able to provide instructions to the runners and walkers to “hold the noise down”; after all, it is Sunday, and people are sleeping in.
Well, the word on the street is that there’s gonna be a repeat performance next year that’s touted to be bigger and better, so Mr. William Lampkin, I suggest you buy some ear plugs, take a three-day holiday, visit some relatives, or just kick back and enjoy the festivities with the rest of the community, keeping in mind that you won’t even have to get up “real” early and “volunteer” any of your time like the 1,500 people required to organize, support and work the event.
San Luis Obispo
Know your tax forms
For those quick to rant about some not paying their “fair share” of federal income taxes, some questions:
Do you do your own federal income tax return using the full long form 1040 and know what the various lines on it are for? If you have a tax preparation service complete the form for you, do you review and understand what went into the figures put down for each line? If you used one of the shortened 1040 forms such as 1040A or 1040EZ, or if you are not required to file a return, are you nevertheless familiar with the longform 1040 and know how to figure what to enter for each 1040 line?
If you cannot answer yes to any of these questions, then it certainly seems you have not even a beginning knowledge of how the income tax system is structured, be it good or bad.
In that case you should probably refrain from accusing others of getting undeserved tax breaks or not paying their share.
Why keep Diablo?
May I supplement a few words to David Sneed’s report on the State Lands Commission meeting? Besides those claiming “We need Diablo” or “Protect the marine life,” there were a few lone voices (mine among them) who asked, “Do we really need Diablo at all?”
Why keep producing nuclear waste, why keep destroying fish larvae in the 2 billion gallons of seawater used daily for cooling purposes? We have alternative sources of energy. Has anyone noticed that the lights are still on despite the fact that the San Onofre nuclear plant has been shut down?
On April 12 my wife and I locked and left our car in the Marigold Shopping Center parking lot in San Luis Obispo. Upon leaving, I put my car keys in my pocket, but unknown to me they accidentally dropped to the ground.
When we returned, I couldn’t find the keys, but after searching the area around the car, found them on a pole in front of our parking space. Some kind person had placed them where they were certain to be found.
If this had occurred in any of our metropolitan cities, there is a good chance we would have lost our means of transportation, not to mention the numerous personal items therein. So, our sincere thanks to the anonymous person or persons responsible for this act of kindness. This incident illustrates just one more advantage of living in a relatively small town on the Central Coast.
San Luis Obispo