Change with times
Retail businesses on the Central Coast must move into the 21st century to survive. In the past six months, I have gone to local establishments to buy a filter for my vacuum, a filter for my icemaker and a miter gauge for my table saw. In each instance, the sales clerk told me they did not have the part, suggesting I go to the manufacturer’s website to order it.
In each of these instances, I went to Amazon.com, easily found the part I wanted, ordered it and had it in hand within a few days! I didn’t waste gas and time searching for the part locally — with the likely outcome of not finding it.
Businesses need to rethink their options for customer satisfaction. They need to train their sales staffs to take my order and charge my credit card. Then they could do the same thing I did: Go to Amazon, buy the part and have it shipped directly to my home. I would be a happy customer, likely to return to the store. Instead, based on my recent experiences, next time I need replacement parts, I’ll go to Amazon at the outset.
In today’s business climate, local businesses should look for ways to attract customers, not send them to Amazon through lack of initiative.
A better future
Thirty-five years ago, I persuaded my infant granddaughter to move her parents to Morro Bay.
We joined the library, explored Cerrito Peak, watched boats from Windy Cove and strolled a friendly Embarcadero.
We ate at the Whale’s Tail, watched the Lighted Boat Parade and shopped on a vibrant boulevard and took the RideAbout home.
Regaining that vibrant, friendly Morro Bay depends on choosing candidates who can bring 21st century vitality to our sagging economy and make Morro Bay all that it can be instead of the tired retread it’s become. We should look to those with logic and reasoning untainted by self-interest.
Those who know that business can truly prosper when it fills a need — not a whim — that the financial underpinnings of a town benefit more from the families and children who dwell within its borders than those who come for the day.
Morro Bay should be a town where everyone can flourish, not a place where the elected have nothing better to offer than John Barta’s blessing.
Begin a better future for your family with your vote for Jamie Irons, Christine Johnson and Noah Smukler.
Anne S. Reeves
Wishes for plant
Page A5 of the May 10 Tribune, “Panel OKs homes for land covered by rare trees,” quotes the Coastal Commission’s executive director, “... development and environmental interests can be successfully balanced when there is an up-front commitment to resource protection and working collaboratively with (the) commission.”
This is what I would wish for Morro Bay as we negotiate with the Coastal Commission over locating our water treatment plant.
Robert Fuller Davis
Frustrated with cuts
We were deeply frustrated to read about the cuts to programs in the San Luis Coastal school district. We were very supportive of Superintendent Eric Prater’s vision for our school district; however, we did not anticipate that his strategic plan would be implemented at the expense of other programs and an increase in class size.
Surely a strategic plan should include what one hopes to accomplish and what the cost of achieving those goals will be both in monetary goals, restructuring and prioritizing. How is it that classroom teachers are expected to attend to the academic needs of their students at the same time as providing music instruction, most of the required P.E. instruction, and fulfill the role of a language specialist, all while having more students in the classroom with less support?
What will we learn next year about the cost of implementing this new plan? Nothing has changed economically in the past 12 months that would leave us hopeful that more cuts, for the sake of the new plan, will not occur.
Michelle Ritter-Taylor and Kevin Taylor
San Luis Obispo
Leave dogs at home
The Morro Bay Car Show the first weekend in May was great. Perfect weather, beautiful cars, well-organized event and a good turnout from the public — except those folks who brought their dogs, and there were many. The large crowd made it even worse. Many car show organizers forbid, dogs and for obvious reasons.
It’s a car show. Go walk your dogs on the beach or around the block, not into a crowd of thousands of people enjoying the day in downtown Morro Bay.