Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 10/23


With tears in my eyes, I humbly add to Lila Hurd’s letter (“Come and visit,” Oct. 6). Ms. Hurd stated an ugly truth about “friendships.” All too often friendships exist only when convenient and effortless, and what is learned early in life about friendship often becomes the makeup of far too many adults. It should mean something if you choose to be labeled “friend.”

My daughter came home recently stating that a good friend determined that she “doesn’t want to be my friend anymore because I’m not popular.” Sure, it was a mean-spirited statement, but what disturbs me are the hows and whys of this child growing up feeling that friendship is such a shallow relationship.

Who’s teaching this child the value of friendship? Of kindness? Of compassion? Can we really expect deep friendships out of people unable to feel empathy? And how many parents can honestly say they focus on teaching their child, through their own actions, how to be a good friend to others? We reap what we sow.

It was astoundingly painful to read Ms. Hurd’s letter where “friends” who could choose to make a difference in her life, have not. Proof positive that doing lip service to being a friend doesn’t make you one.

Jeri Luther


Successful cleanup

The results are in! 

On Sept. 19, we had a highly successful Coastal Cleanup Day.

We would like to thank each of the 1,425 volunteers who helped to make our coastline not only beautiful to look at, but clean and safe for people and wildlife alike. More than 4,300 pounds of trash were picked up.

Enormous thanks are also due to interns Whitney Geist, Ashlee Grishaber and Katrina Shirriel, who worked tirelessly to help organ-ize and promote the event. 

We are also extremely grateful to the outstanding team of 35 site captains who coordinated volunteer efforts during the event and tabulated results afterward. We’re indebted to the many agencies and waste management companies that arranged special weekend pickups for all of our trash as well. 

Finally, we would like to thank our sponsors who made the event possible through their generous contributions, including City of Pismo Beach, Coastal Commission, County Board of Supervisors, New Times, Pacifica Hotel Company, Surfriders Foundation, Coca Cola Santa Maria, County Public Works, French Hospital, Kohl’s, Level Studios, Martin Resorts, National Estuary Program, First Bank, Los Osos Community Services District,  Moondoggies, Natural Investments, SignHere, SLO Coastkeeper,  Splash Café,  Subsea Tours and Tom’s Toys.

Holly Sletteland

Coastal Cleanup coordinator

The ‘bottom line’

It is commendable that Mr. Schaffer (Letters, Oct. 17) is aware that old-growth forest wood is used for toilet paper. However, the facts regarding this “tissue issue” are a bit convoluted. Recycled bathroom tissue does not need to be 1-ply; it is found as soft 2- and 3-ply tissue in local stores.

So-called “soft” tissue made from old-growth forest wood is not soft on Earth’s resources. Maybe we all could try one idea to reduce our impact on Earth’s pristine resources.

Try using recycled paper products once. Your “bottom line” may even feel better with use. Respect for those who will live on this Earth after us starts in the homes of us all.

John Kammer

San Luis Obispo

Distant support

Has anyone else noticed that the majority (all) of those who write supporting letters for Dan De Vaul don’t live anywhere close to his junkyard?

C.J. Bell

Arroyo Grande

Beautiful minds

Say it in a whisper:

bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, major depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder.

But on Saturday, Oct. 3, sponsors, donors, businesses, volunteers, families, friends and loved ones throughout the county spoke out.

More than 160 walkers attended the first annual National Alliance on Mental Illness, San Luis Obispo County (NAMI SLOCO) “Beautiful Minds Walk” and raised more than $10,000 in an effort to bring awareness to mental illness and to help eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness. It is with deep passion, emotion and joy that I wish to express a giant thank you to all those involved.

For more information, education, and dates and times of support groups, please visit our Web site at www.namislo.org.

Marcia Bess

Beautiful Minds Walk

Facts to ponder

Next time you are voting for your district’s supervisor consider this: Recently your supervisor voted to throw out of their homes several thousand homeowners and renters.

How? The wastewater project proposal before them is an expensive, unaffordable, antiquated gravity collection system that will cost each homeowner in the Los Osos prohibition zone $200 to $300 a month or $3,000 to $4,000 a year more on top of their present tax bill. A big hit to them for sure.

Despite state-of-the-art, off-the-shelf, affordable, green technology which has been around for 30 years, our supervisor and chairman proposed the more expensive, antiquated gravity collection system and the sludge maker Bio/Lac treatment plant without built-in tertiary treatment. The alternative systems are about a $100 a month or less, are green, energy saving, hardly any sludge, sustainable and — like the Eco/Fluid U.S.B.F. treatment plant — include built-in tertiary treatment too.

Were all the other supervisors hypnotized? Sold a bill of goods by a sewer salesman? Did they received 30 pieces of silver? Or was it, “You vote for my project, and I will vote for your project?”

Remember these five bus drivers next time you vote.

Ben DiFatta

Los Osos

Rush to judgment

People who listen to Rush: He thought buying the Rams was a good idea. Think about it.

Bill Weatherford

Morro Bay

Drugs are abusers

Except for one misleading phrase, I agree with The Tribune’s editorial regarding school drug testing (Oct. 15). The phrase “people who abuse drugs and alcohol” leads one to believe that “use” is perfectly OK so long as you don’t overuse. What is missing is the fact that alcohol and drugs are addicting. People eventually do not have a choice to use or overuse.

The addictive drug does the abusing, not the user.

Norm Jackson