Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 9/30

‘Bravo SLO!’ indeed

My family was fortunate enough to be able to attend the free day of performing arts at the Christopher Cohen Performing Arts Center on Sept. 26. Wow! What a wonderful event.

Titled “Bravo SLO!” the event was a shining example of many of our local arts-oriented programs that our community has to offer. The main lobby was filled with decorative information booths about many local performing groups, from orchestral music, dance and choirs to our own local International Film Festival. A number of local wineries poured delicious wine samples in the Orchestra Lobby as well.

The highlight of the event was the ability of the audience to enter Harman Hall and sit wherever you wanted, to witness a wide variety of local talent throughout the day. We are so fortunate to have this outstanding and beautiful facility in our community, which allows our local performing arts groups the ability to perform on a large, professional stage. As a parent of two daughters, 9 and 7, I was so appreciative of the opportunity to expose my girls to a medley of fine arts that I might not otherwise have been able to afford.

Thank you to Ron Regier and the staff of the Performing Arts Center for organizing this fine event. I hope they plan to repeat it soon!

Erin McCall

Central Coast Children’s Choir

Distributed solar

Michael Strobridge’s Viewpoint (Sept. 24) is spot-on. Conservation followed by distributed solar energy production is greener than the giant solar factories proposed for the Carrizo Plain.

Distributed production means electricity is made wherever the sun shines and electricity is used. Such a system has many advantages:

• It makes sense. Small works wonderfully, and there’s no reason for centralized production.



• It uses sterile and otherwise useless developed space (rooftops) instead of industrializing remote natural and agricultural lands. A house rooftop can produce all the power that house needs (Ours does — for an outlay of $7,400!). Why shouldn’t we produce our clean solar power “in our own backyards” instead of routing endangered species from theirs?



• It can be built quickly. It uses existing neighborhood power lines and needs only an electrical permit, typically issued in 24 hours.



• It eliminates the considerable waste from shipping electricity long distances. What’s made gets used, not lost in transmission.



Centralized solar generation is dinosaur thinking. It applies the model of large centralized fossil fuel or nuclear electric generation to a technology where that model doesn’t fit.

Why is society directing investment into illogical Big Solar when that money could better go into building a sustainable, distributed energy system? To save life Earth, our thinking needs to be thoroughly up-to-date and green.

Richard Schmidt

San Luis Obispo

Our way of life

Jody Langford (Letters, Sept. 26) is fed up with the “religion of green” threatening his “peace of mind,” concerned that “if they ... continue unchecked we can count on our way of life disappearing soon.” 

Is this the way of life where we bury perfectly good resources in a landfill, never to be used again? Where we waste our hard-earned money using inefficient heating and lighting? Where we use dirty, polluting fuels to power our cars and factories? The way of life where we pay money to Middle Eastern petro-dictatorships for oil, who in turn funnel our money to terrorists who then threaten our very lives? 

That is the way of life Jody is concerned about? That way of life threatens my peace of mind, and I would like to see us leave it behind and move into a future of clean energy and new technology, led by American businesses and researchers. 

I like green. It’s the color of spring, a symbol of new growth. It’s the color of money, and I prefer to think of it as the new red, white and blue.

Dean Thompson

Los Osos

Apology owed

Regarding, “A concerned parent” (Sept. 21):

Plainly David Kaffke’s child missed school the day of the president’s speech because “a dog ate his reasoning.”

Kaffke’s dogmatic excuses for the disrespect he taught his child and levied upon the school and teachers, neighbors, community, the president and our country cannot be justified by the lack of a lesson plan.

Kaffke “felt compelled to find out what was going to be happening.” Happening? The president of our country was going to speak to school children about the importance of education.

Wishing to thumb one’s nose at the president of the United States may not necessarily in and of itself be racism but neither is it a viable excuse for disrupting a public school event.

Undertoning (without fact or reason) that the president planned to propagandize school children with national politics and some (undefined) items that “raised my eyebrows” was an irresponsible act of political posturing used to bully understaffed educators and censor the president. Mr. Kaffke’s “lesson plan” teaches us that for political ends, it’s OK to throw aside social convention, self-control, truth, reason and civic civility with both impunity and without reservation.

Mr. Kaffke owes the school and this community an apology, not excuses laced with intellectually dishonest justifications for his anti-educational behavior.

Bradley Zane

Cambria

No excuse

Please use common sense as the future should not bring only pictures in a book of what was once a live species on this wonderful planet. To only want humans is such a sad statement to future generations yet to be born.

Ignorance is no excuse! There is a reason all life was put on the planet, and no common man should make decisions on such global levels that can never be reversed in any lifetime.

John Marzich

Arroyo Grande

PTA support

The article on Parent Teachers Associations (Sept. 15) helping during this year of devastating cuts to schools is on point. From the time they were founded 113 years ago, PTAs have fought for children’s education, health and welfare. PTA fought to create this nation’s child labor laws, class size reduction and arts in the classrooms.

Every day, volunteer PTA advocates in Sacramento and Washington walk the halls suggesting and supporting legislation benefiting children.

PTA is our nation’s oldest, largest and highest profile volunteer organization working on behalf of public schools, children and families.

While it is more important now that PTAs help offset budget cuts, this is nothing new. They accomplish this in two ways. The first is through fundraising — in this county more than $100,000 funnels into schools annually.

Secondly, PTA annually contributes volunteer hours. That number is tracked. Last year in this county, PTA hours — if computed at $20.94 per hour — totaled $2,606,087. Statewide, PTA volunteer hours equaled $414,801,852.51.

PTA welcomes parents, grandparents, students, staff and community.

The cost of membership is minimal. The value of membership is priceless.

Get more California PTA information at www.capta.org. Join a PTA, encourage your school to belong to PTA. Join us in saying, “Every child, one voice.”

Cathi Casebolt

24th District PTA president

Hop on in

To Brian Bethke of Cambria (Letters, Sept. 22) who is going to leave the greedy, heartless, capitalist United States to seek medical care in Europe: Do you need a ride to the airport?

Richard Placak

Atascadero

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