The larger oil factor
Oil industry executive Rock Zierman is being deceptive when he attributes a 15 percent reduction in U.S. oil imports to increased domestic production alone. He omits the larger factor: Since 2007, U.S. consumption of all liquid fuels has dropped 9 percent (New York Times, March 22), primarily because Americans now drive less, and do so in more fuel-efficient vehicles. The main reason: During the Obama administration, the federal miles-per-gallon mandate for new cars has been increased several times, after a long freeze.
If Mr. Zierman and his oil industry cohorts were really concerned about energy independence, they would not have spent hundreds of millions of dollars ($393.2 million during the Bush/Cheney administration alone) lobbying against stricter fuel-efficiency standards and other elements of a sensible national energy policy.
Any serious energy independence strategy must include efficiency and conservation.
San Luis Obispo
A desperate move
Big Tobacco must be getting scared because its new accusation that Proposition 29 will send money out-of-state is a new form of desperation. The fabrication couldn’t be further from the truth.
The statement of purpose explicitly states that revenue raised must stay in California. Proposition 29 will save lives, prevent kids from smoking and fund cancer research. The support for an initiative such as this has never been greater. In fact, 68 percent of Californians favor Proposition 29. Big Tobacco, based out of Virginia and North Carolina, will stop at nothing to spread lies and deceive the public, including launching erroneous advertisements aimed to misguide Californians.
Proposition 29 will save more than 100,000 lives and prevent more than 200,000 kids from smoking . In addition, this will help our economy. A recent UC San Francisco study reported that Proposition 29 would keep $804 million in the California economy.
Further, raising the tobacco tax in California makes sense. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that California has not raised its tobacco tax in more than 10 years. It’s time to change that. Proposition 29 will generate more than $735 million a year to fund cancer research and prevention programs. Don’t believe Big Tobacco’s deceptive ads. Help the search for a cure for cancer.
Join the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and the American Lung Association in voting yes on Proposition 29 on June 5.
Berni Ann Lewis
San Luis Obispo
A noble act
I would like to thank the person who found my car keys on the running trail at Laguna Lake Park on May 5 and left them on my windshield with an anonymous note.
Your honesty and kindness is greatly appreciated and rescued me from much inconvenience and cost! I hope you will get a chance to read this, as I was not able to meet you in person.
Your noble act of kindness does one’s heart good and will be passed forward.
San Luis Obispo
Right one for the job
Our county has been in a serious financial situation since the recession began in 2008. Our elected supervisors have done a very good job of keeping the costs of government services down while not sacrificing essential services that we need.
Jim Patterson has done a great job helping guide county government through these very challenging times.
Because of the continuing fiscal problems facing California, it may be several more years before budgets will be balanced again. It will be even more important in the next few years to have a county supervisor who is knowledgeable and has a track record of making sound decisions.
I encourage you to seek out what experience Debbie Arnold has in making the types of decisions that will be required of our next District 5 Supervisor. Is this the type of individual you want in charge of the $460 million county budget?
I believe during the next four years we need someone who has the experience to make the right decisions to keep the county financially sound. In my mind, Jim Patterson is the only District 5 candidate we are sure can do this job.
I participated in a 6 1/2-hour Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday and read The Tribune’s accounting of it Wednesday morning. Thank you for the front-page placement of this important issue (on whether oil drilling should be allowed in rural Huasna Valley); however, there are some inaccuracies in the article.
During public comment, there were 42 speakers encouraging the supervisors to uphold the county Planning Commission recommendation to deny the permit. There were 31 speakers encouraging the opposite. The Tribune’s phrase of “with the speakers evenly divided” is not accurate.
Additionally, many of the speakers who want to have the permit granted are not rural residents of Huasna. Several gave their addresses as places out of our county such as Camarillo, Bakersfield and Shingle Springs, just to name a few. The article implies that the rural community of Huasna was evenly divided for and against. That is just not true. The people speaking in favor of the proposal are not rural residents of Huasna, as your headline implies. These people are mineral rights owners who stand to profit from the oil field. Their daily lives will only be impacted by the increase in their bank accounts, not in the traffic, odor and noise that we local, rural residents will experience.
Bright and dedicated
I have the skinny on a guy who’s been in the news lately. I know him really well. He’s been my neighbor for years.
He’s Ed Waage.
He’s a stand-up guy. Honest. His opponents could dig around for years and not uncover anything about the guy that would tarnish his integrity or prove him dishonest.
He’s hardworking. He’s out chasing gophers one day, and the next he’s invited to join the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency). I chased his gophers for him while he and Jeannie were in Austria for a year with the IAEA.
He’s extraordinarily bright. If there is an issue, he has the knowledge or acquires the knowledge to solve the problem. He respectfully debates issues and belittles no one in working toward solutions. His work on the Pismo Beach City Council testifies to that. There’s no red ink, and the city’s thriving.
He helped to organize our neighbors to be prepared in case of a natural disaster. With his busy schedule, he came to meetings, made suggestions and developed a website for us.
When I vote, I do so with the hope that the one I’m voting for will do agood job.
With Ed, I don’t have to hope. I know he will.
During these difficult economic times, our county just received a high credit rating. Our current Board of Supervisors has been doing a great job. Most counties across the country aren’t doing as well as SLO County. Adam Hill and Jim Patterson are the clear choices. They have a proven track record that can’t be beat and they care about preserving our beautiful county and the economy.
Recently, Mr. Waage said that “legally” he has to keep an open mind regarding the Price Canyon development so he won’t say where he stands. In reality this is so he can vote when PC comes before him. Mr. Waage has voted in the affirmative for every report pertaining to Price Canyon/ Spanish Springs and Los Robles del Mar.
Why do we need 500 to 900 new homes, a golf course, a convention center, and new hotel in Pismo when our population is in decline?
During a radio interview, Mr. Waage said that he’s waiting to hear what the public has to say on this project. This is also disingenuous. The public has spoken, but you ignore us. Mr. Waage, why do you and the council continue to ignore Caltrans and the citizens by supporting this annexation?
I find Dan Glessman’s letter (May 14) ironic. He charges that the policies of three candidates would put Morro Bay in jeopardy of losing its autonomy. Yet he supports Carla Borchard, who supported and voted in favor of the proposal to give up Morro Bay’s local control of its fire department to Cal Fire. That proposal was fortunately rejected, in view of the subsequent budget cuts and deficits at the state level.
He also supports Joan Solu, presumably because she is aligned with local hotel interests, insisting Morro Bay must take care of its tourists. I certainly understand the importance of tourism for our city and welcome visitors. However, we should not be expected, or forced, to choose between policies that are good for tourists and policies that are good for the residents and businesses responsible for the other 60 percent of city revenues. We need leaders who balance the interests of all of Morro Bay, not drive wedges between and among our citizens. Please join me in voting for the three candidates endorsed by the Tribune (Jamie Irons, Christine Johnson and Noah Smukler), so all voices are heard.