Editorials

Rally at SLO’s Mosque of Nasreen is an opportunity to embrace tolerance

We’re delivering stand-up-and-be-counted bouquets to all who are taking part in Friday’s solidarity rally at the Mosque of Nasreen in San Luis Obispo. The event is described as an opportunity to unite in support of Muslim friends, neighbors and colleagues. It begins at 2:15 p.m.; a flier for the rally asks participants to bring posters expressing “love and support for the Muslim community, and for our American values.”

Bravo.

When a front-running presidential candidate incites hatred and intolerance by outrageously suggesting that Muslims be denied entrance to our nation, it’s time to speak out, and we’re proud to live in a community where people are willing to do so.

We commend all who take time to participate, and we offer a special salute to organizers of the event. We especially admire their choice of quotation for the rally’s promotional flier. From theologian and anti-Nazi dissident Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

Shell Beach Road redo is worth the cost

We toss a big bouquet of perseverance to the Shell Beach Improvement Group for its yearslong effort to improve Shell Beach Road.

For more than a decade, the citizen group has promoted a major pedestrian-friendly overhaul of the busy street.

Last week, years of planning paid off when the Pismo Beach City Council unanimously approved an $11.2 million project to improve the stretch of road between Cliff and Terrace avenues. The work plan includes undergrounding utilities, installing new streetlights and building a path for pedestrians and bicyclists.

A combination of state and federal grants, city funds and credits from PG&E are funding the bulk of the project.

Loss of some Caltrans funding means the city is kicking in $3.1 million more than initially expected. That’s OK. These are much-needed improvements that will not only beautify the area, but will also make it safer for walkers, runners and cyclists. It’s a worthwhile investment, and council members earn bouquets of foresight for recognizing that.

Caught on tape: Grover Grinch

There are still a few weeks left in the holiday season, but we believe we’ve found the recipient of our annual bah-humbug brickbat. That would be the thief who brazenly made off with the spiral, light-up Christmas tree in front of Automotive Service Center in Grover Beach. The tree was part of a display that won the business an honorable mention in the Grover Beach Holiday of Lights decorating contest. It was the first time the business had participated in the contest, and it could be the last.

“I really don’t know how I feel about decorating again next year. It’s costly, and if people are just going to walk away with things, it’s not worth it,” the business owner told a Tribune reporter.

The theft, by the way, was captured by surveillance camera. If you recognize this Grinch, contact Grover Beach police.

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