Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 10/4

What people want

On Aug. 27, more than 250 community members attended a lively town hall meeting regarding health care I organized in San Luis Obispo.

Many thanks to all who came, brought signs, spoke passionately and participated in this traditional American venue. The majority of attendees did not want or trust government medicine. They reject socialism. A minority desired a government-run, single-payer system.

Some favored using both systems.

Of those who completed a questionnaire, 72 percent opposed government-run health care, 20 percent favored a single-payer, government-controlled system, and 8 percent wanted both private industry and government to run health care.

On July 4, I also organized a large tea party at the Santa Rosa Park where people protested higher taxes, the unprecedented expansion of government and fiscal irresponsibility at all levels.

California’s budget problem is not caused by inadequate taxes. It is simply from too much spending. The people said loud and clear that government must stop its spending and excessive regulations.

Town hall meetings and tea parties are about more than health care. People seek an America that rewards work and personal responsibility. They believe in the Constitution and do not want an expensive and expansive government.

Matt Kokkonen

San Luis Obispo

Beck and Jefferson

After reading Dan Biezad’s letter (Sept. 20), I found myself scratching my head. His letter attacked Glenn Beck. However, it is obvious to most who watch Beck’s program that Mr. Biezad has not viewed the actual program but has only seen the snippets taken out of context on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart.  

Yes, Beck is no Thomas Jefferson, but to say that Jefferson would find Beck’s actions in extreme distaste seems rather contrary to history.

The main contradiction that comes to mind is the fact that like Thomas Jefferson, Glenn Beck embraces the idea of town meetings as one of the strong points of a democracy.

The only people that seem to be ignoring the actions and voices of the town meetings of recent months are the Obama administration and Democrats on the hill.

Indeed, a comparison of Glenn Beck as the Thomas Jefferson of our day may well be inaccurate, but to say that Jefferson would commend and encourage an administration that ignores the voice of the people and look down on a man attempting to voice his opinion on a government is a fallacy.

Austin Peters

Morro Bay High School student

Botanical land grab

It is a sad day. Up until recently I was a big supporter of the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden.

On Sunday, Sept. 27, I packed a picnic, drove from San Luis Obispo to El Chorro Regional Park with my $20 weekend park pass in hand only to be denied entrance. The park was closed to the public, yet the parking lot was filled with cars. What appeared to be an ocean of farmers market-style pavilions was a “fund-raising event for the SLO Botanical Garden.” For a $25 donation I could have parked my car; otherwise, it was closed with no alternative access.

As a 30-year resident of the community I have seen how development has taken many forms. In Santa Barbara the local “botanical garden” was given control of the Mission Canyon Park. Soon a ticket booth blocked the entrance. Today there is not a single picnic table allowed for public use. Any other organization would be called out and exposed for “land grabbing,” but the so-called “environmentalist” group conveniently hid its true intentions. The result will be the same right here in lovely El Chorro Regional Park.

Every year we lose precious public lands to groups that pretend to protect land from development but whose agenda reveals the exact opposite.

James Small

San Luis Obispo

It IS about race

Former President Jimmy Carter is right, as usual, when he points out the elephant in the room of our supposedly post-racial society. Much of the vitriol in the health care debate is not about health care but about race — our current president’s.

Diane W. Mayfield


We need clean energy

No nation will be able to meet the challenges of growing the economy and creating jobs in the 21st century without a serious investment in green technology.

For too long, the world — including the United States — has been slow to respond to or even recognize the magnitude of the climate change threat.

But this is a new day. In the past eight months, the United States has done more to promote clean energy and reduce carbon pollution than at any other time in our history.

The Obama administration has made the largest-ever investment in renewable energy and invested billions to reduce energy waste. The administration is also proposing, for the first time in history, a new national standard that will increase fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas pollution for all new cars and trucks.

Most importantly, the House of Representatives passed an energy and climate bill in June. This legislation — the American Clean Energy and Security Act — would finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy for American businesses and dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Arlene Vogele

Los Osos

Help with helmets

The Sept. 24 editorial, “Donations needed for bike helmets,” was of particular interest to me.

When I was on the staff of the San Luis Obispo Superior Court more than 10 years ago, I suggested to my fellow court reporters that we take the money we would spend on little gifts for each other and put it to a worthy cause.

Because we worked with sheriff’s deputies, we decided our money would go towards their bicycle program. The first year we gave a couple dozen helmets, and each year more and more court employees asked to contribute.

The last year I was involved, we donated 400 helmets with monies raised through private contributions and a fundraiser performance at Centerpoint Theater. We also contributed surplus money for purchase of bicycle parts.

I’m sorry that this program wasn’t continued at Superior Court, but I’m sure there are many other county offices or private businesses that could help in a similar fashion with this worthy project.

Dottie Thompson

San Luis Obispo

Town with no heart

The story just got worse. The county is actually trying to put Dan De Vaul in jail. For trying to help people, of all things.

Can’t they just lay off this guy? Have they no shame? Every time they decide to push him around, it just gives San Luis Obispo another black eye.

The Los Angeles Times recently picked up the story. Next it will go national, and San Luis Obispo will be known all over the country as the town without a heart. When that happens, it’ll be time to head for Puckerbrush, Nev., population 28.

Great googly-moogly!

Henry Schaufus

San Luis Obispo