Politics, then and now
Joseph J. Ellis had an article in the Los Angeles Times (May 6) that helped me understand our present politics better.
Our founding fathers did not bring forth a “new nation” in 1776. It was a temporary union of sovereign states, declaring themselves independent from Britain. In 1787, we became the United States, but Thomas Jefferson believed that those who governed would be the educated elite. He thought of this group as us and the masses as them. In other words, “small government.” George Washington and John Adams opposed Jefferson, but it wasn’t until Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt that government became “us” rather than “them.”
So very conservative people have the spirit of ’76 on their side, but unless they want to give up Medicare, Social Security, the Federal Reserve and even our existence as a sovereign nation-state, people need to think clearly what they are willing to give up if they vote for very right-wing conservative candidates.
Many of us vote against our own best interests, and although a potent conviction has authentic historical roots in 1776, FDR and subsequent Republican and Democratic presidents have found a way to offer an alternative narrative for the 21st century.
An exciting visit
How incredibly exciting to learn of the visit by the condor known as Miracle.
My congratulations to Sally Krenn and the other members of the PG&E land stewardship committee, as well as the land management of Bob and Bowman Blanchard for creating the habitat that attracted this magnificent and significant part of our ecosystem.
In my opinion, the many and varied animals that inhabit the Pecho Ranch, where Miracle was spotted, are there because they want to be. My guess is that they might not want to be in the parklands just up the coast. Wise and progressive management as developed by PG&E and the Blanchards are restoring beauty and wonder to our coast. We should all be grateful.
San Luis Obispo
City attorney’s raise
Christine Dietrick, the city attorney, certainly deserves her 3.5 percent raise because of all the added labor-connected responsibilities our city government, headed by Mayor Jan Marx, has placed upon her.
After more than five years of financial, political and legal turbulence concerning the arbitration between the city and police and fire personnel, the city is now before the state’s Public Employment Relations Board charged with unfair labor practice. Marx and her council were given two letters previously written and published by this paper. If they had heeded the advice given in these letters, this ongoing labor dispute could have been resolved.
There is another charge by other city employees before the state board. Dietrick is defending both of these charges simultaneously.
The city, against the advice of a former mayor, Peg Pinard, paid $13,000 to a search firm to find a police chief. If it’s not your money, you do spend it freely. “Let the public be damned!”
Allan J. Mayer
San Luis Obispo
A superior choice
Adam Hill versus Ed Waage. The latest opinion I read was that Hill and other supervisors caused Scolari’s to go out of business because they voted for the ban on plastic bags.
Now that is quite an assertion. Due to not having plastic bags, that spelled the end of the entire grocery chain. It’s assertions like this and the ones that the Debbie Arnold crowd make that have me supporting Jim Patterson and Hill with a greater enthusiasm than before.
I also ask that before you vote, ask someone who lives in Pismo and has seen firsthand the way Waage operates. When just about everyone opposed Los Robles del Mar with protesters out on the street, Waage supported the annexation even though the citizens opposed it. The report on traffic impacts was 6 years old, the water documents were flawed and there was no accounting for granny units, but Waage still voted for it. Waage consistently votes for every subdivision, annexation or ending of open space.
Don’t just take my word for it; ask the people who live in Pismo Beach in what regard they hold Ed Waage. I personally think Adam Hill will be a far superior choice, and I ask that you vote for Adam Hill.
Voting for Johnson
I fully support Christine Johnson for the Morro Bay City Council. She is a friend, neighbor and client. Not only is Christine already extremely involved in and passionate about our community, but she also has Morro Bay’s long-term interests in mind, which is reassuring for a young family that has just put down roots in Morro Bay.
Christine is well-educated, touts vast world experience and is quite an effective communicator, something we value in a city council member. Christine will thoughtfully and carefully consider the difficult decisions the council will face, and she will make the best decision for Morro Bay.
Christine understands the challenges facing the entire community. She puts community first and is trustworthy. I’m voting for Christine Johnson for Morro Bay City Council.
A stressful ordeal
I seldom read the Sports pages anymore, but the article about the missing coaches caught my eye (“Mininni grappled with missing coaches before his final bout,” April 26).
It is unconscionable that the Morro Bay coaches assigned with mentoring this young man, Dolin Mininni, would leave him alone before the most important match of his career and then not show up for the match at all.
The stress they caused this young man by their absence not only affected his performance but will undoubtedly be remembered for a lifetime. As a former high school coach and athletic director, I can assure you these men would not be on my staff come Monday morning. Kudos to Atascadero coaches Jeff Spiller and Chris Ferree for stepping up. That is what coaching is all about.
Draw in the tourists
Morro Bay residents, didn’t you find it odd that three of the candidates had their literature delivered to your door as a set? What is this group’s agenda?
The key question to ask yourself is, “Do you want Morro Bay to remain a city and continue local control of public safety and community services?” I submit that these candidates do not.
In fact, their policies would devolve Morro Bay to the status of Los Osos.
Environmental lobbying succeeded in diminishing revenue from the power plant and the fishing industry to a trickle. The last leg of Morro Bay’s economic engine is tourism. The “Embarcadero interest vs. the rest of the city” tactic is a direct attack on tourism. (Tourists don’t come to Morro Bay to visit our neighborhoods.)
Tourism (out-of-city money) brings some 40 percent of our general fund revenues. A city cannot survive solely by recycling the internal revenue of its residents. Expecting government grants to be the answer is dreaming. Host tourists and let them help pay for our services.
Carla Borchard and Joan Solu possess the business experience to best lead growth of Morro Bay’s economic engine. Through this growth will come the funds to fix our infrastructure and continue local control.
Thanks to students
Parks4Pups would like to thank Paso Robles High School student Meredith Masch and her fellow National Honors Society students for their generous contribution to Sherwood Dog Park.
Meredith worked hard to collect donated trees, shrubs and landscaping materials from local merchants to help beautify our new park. She also collected many plants from the Green Works program at Liberty High School. She then organized a work party of 14 honor students to plant more than 20 donated trees and numerous shrubs. The student work party also helped with general construction cleanup of our new park.
It was a joy for our volunteers to work side-by-side with these students. The park was literally transformed in a few hours. Their combined efforts made a wonderful gift to the neighborhood and the Paso Robles community.
Sherwood Dog Park opened April 28, and dog owners are thrilled to have this new, beautiful playground. Our neighbors are effusive in their appreciation of the improvements to this former weed lot and eyesore.
On behalf of our Board of Directors, I thank the volunteers and donors who made this park possible.
Truth, in the Evangelical sense, believes you are an Evangelical Christian or you are nothing. Obama is cast as a non-Christian by Evangelicals, and Mitt Romney is considered less than a full-blown Christian in the eyes of the GOP’s Holy See.
The Republican’s Holy See is a metaphor for Evangelists who have taken control of the party, and have declared war on women whom they would drag back to the Middle Ages and subject again to the uncertainty of their lives. It’s not going to happen! Most women no longer need to be told what is good for them, and even if they were, they are capable of deciding for themselves without qualms or reservation how they want to live.
Ann Romney “chose” to stay home and raise her family, but the circumstances of most women do not permit Ann’s luxury. Yet every woman deserves the luxury to choose for herself how best to live her life, including whether to conceive, and if so when.
Earth is vastly overpopulated and reeks of poverty. But the Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Republican Evangelical Holy See have their reasons to resist. Birth control slows the process of member renewal and could stop it. Too much religion and too little reason is why separation of church and state makes sense and is best served by a secular government.
Kenneth G. Ramey
A balanced board
In about a month, we will vote for our county supervisors. I’m voting for Adam Hill. Adam has shown great leadership on jobs creation, effective fiscal management for our county and has great passion for assuring that the downtrodden amongst us have every opportunity.
Important for us all, this is the most balanced, effective and proactive board we have had in some time. Balanced and not beholden.
Some say don’t fix something that not only is not broken but has also been quite successful. There are those who clamor for the election of someone who wears the same colored cloth they do, while ignoring the fact that they are getting much of what they want from those that they wish to defeat. Retain this successful board.
Join me in supporting the re-election of our incumbent supervisors as I cast my vote for Adam Hill.
San Luis Obispo
Do the time warp
Extra! Extra! Anti-science sect has time machine! Fits family of four and two pets! Settings for: Spain during Inquisition! Salem, Mass., witch trials! Galileo trial in sunny Italy! Dinosaurs! No medications! No electrical devices! No trip beyond 6,000 years! Bon voyage!
San Luis Obispo