Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 11/8

Thanks for book boost

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community of San Luis Obispo for so generously supporting the recent Borders Book Drive that included donations of books and library-related materials for the San Luis Coastal School Library Media Centers. The community’s generosity and support were overwhelming!

Special thanks go to Wayne Jessup, general manager at Borders, who made it all happen and boxed up and delivered more than 1,500 items to the District Instructional Media Center.

We have experienced a significant increase in teacher requests for books, and we appreciate how this donation helps us to support the efforts of our teachers to increase reading opportunities for our students. Because of your wonderful support and generosity, all students in grades K-12 will benefit by having new books in their library collections.

Thank you for supporting the children of our community and giving them the opportunity to read, read and read more!

Sharon Haupt

District Elementary Librarian

Wonderful event

Last August we attended a Pallet to Palate dinner at The Cliffs Restaurant. All proceeds went to the San Luis Obispo County Food Bank.

To raise additional money, six chefs volunteered to auction off in-home dinners to the highest bidders.

We were lucky enough to snag David McWilliam of the Gardens of Avila. This past weekend he came to our house and prepared a fabulous three-course meal for us and our guests, along with impromptu cooking lessons and wonderful conversation about food and life.

We greatly appreciate David’s generosity as well as that of other chefs/donors, we and look forward with great anticipation to Pallet to Palate events next year.

Carol and Jay Devore

Los Osos

Altar of selfishness

Reading Phil Dirx’s Friday column, “Paso Robles once took care of itself,” reminded me all too much of the ongoing sewer fiasco in Los Osos, where a small group of naysayers managed to royally mess up a project that clearly benefited future generations.

I now live in Atascadero and am grateful to be somewhat removed from the flushing problem, but that begs the issue. Are we, as Californians, so intent on our own personal lives that we cannot give anything to the future of our children and our neighbor’s children?

Jeff Bleich’s commentary on Friday’s Voices page suggests that this is true. The relentless voices of “no new taxes” and “smaller government” are apparently willing to sacrifice such essential services as toilet flushing and education, to name just a few, on the altar of an ideology of selfishness. Me first and to heck with you!

Michael Morin


Strength spurred peace

Surely John R. Hemming’s letter on Friday must have been written with tongue in cheek or perhaps with a forgetfulness relative to the Cold War. As a career naval officer, serving from 1957 until 1986, I can assure him that the Soviet Union threat during those years was real and serious.

He bemoans the fact that the reserve fleet ships now headed to the scrap heap never “saw a shot fired in anger ...”

Can anyone wonder why that was so? We won the Cold War without firing a shot because those ships and other military might faced down the now defunct Soviet Union. I would hope that Hemming would be thankful that peace was guarded by a strong and dedicated military with plenty of equipment.

Robert Christenson

San Luis Obispo

Get the joke?

Regarding Joseph Brocato’s letter Tuesday and the controversy over Anita Dunn’s alleged admiration for Mao Zedong, if anyone ever actually considered her statement honestly and in its full context, they would know it was intended as a wry joke.

For those lacking in rudimentary debate skills, allow me to explain: linking Mother Teresa and Mao to make a point was a rhetorical flourish known as irony, and if you watch the clip of her speech you can see the twinkle in Dunn’s eye and you can hear the audience chuckle at the absurdity of pairing the Saint of the Gutters and Chairman Mao for any purpose.

This whole controversy proves once again that some people have no sense of humor, nor any capacity for higher-level, nuanced thinking.

Jim Mallon

San Luis Obispo

Doggone barking dog

I hear it, faint and distant, then louder, then louder, a canine barking. Annoyed, I peer out the window and spy a German shepherd mix riding shotgun in an SUV, the canine’s head hanging out of the passenger side window.

For some unknown reason this troubled beast has but one mission in life. Ride shotgun with head out the window and entertain the good citizens of Los Osos with a noisy cacophony.

Of course, as the animal proceeds down the road the din becomes fainter and fainter, but not to worry. He will be back, as this is an everyday occurrence.

Hey! I’ve got an idea. Maybe this fine animal’s master could just roll up the window.

Mike Morgan

Los Osos

Let leaders lead

The contrast between two letters in the Thursday Tribune couldn’t be greater.

Pat Johnson’s comments exhibited a thoughtful, long-term view of Paso Robles’ need for water;

S.J. Walters’ view was one of specificity for Walters’ own “seniors on fixed income ... who simply cannot afford to pay more for utilities.”

Above these two letters, city manager Jim App wrote a succinct history of Paso Robles’ pursuit for other water sources.

I believe we voters should allow the people who we pay to run our government to do their job without interference. If we voters are dissatisfied with their performance we can vote them out next election.

I hope Concerned Citizens for Paso Robles member John Borst’s agenda includes the same generous spirit of Pat Johnson and that he does have a vision for Paso Robles’ water needs. Dorothy Johnson Paso Robles

Fight for the Right

It looks like the tide is turning. New Jersey and Virginia just elected Republican governors. This is being referred to as a Republican Renaissance.

In my opinion we Republicans have a long way to go to get back to the top. Now is not the time to rest on our laurels. Our opponents are numerous. Our “Fad President” still has the backing of the press, with the one exception of Fox News.

Please continue to support Republican candidates and conservative issues. I am not saying that I agree with everything that our Republican leaders do and say but they are much closer to conservative views than the opposition.

When we disagree with our leaders of either party we must let them know. They have Web sites that make it easy to let them know when they have let us down. 

Stay strong and keep up the fight for the Right.

Susan A. Margolis

Arroyo Grande

Management problem

It is a good thing our current Congress and president forced the stimulus package on us. They warned us at the time that unemployment could go up to 8 percent unless they blew about a trillion dollars we didn’t have.

Now the unemployment rate just increased to 10.2 percent and is forecasted to continue climbing.

Perhaps they should blow another trillion?

Job creation and economic growth are fostered by private sector small businesses, which these clunkers continue to punish instead of nurturing.

Watch out. Health care reform is right around the corner. Under the management of our federal government, this will surely solve all of our woes. Just like they efficiently manage the U.S. Postal Service, Amtrak, Social Security and Medicare.

John Krueger

Los Osos

Executive cuts

The Obama administration plans big pay cuts for executives of organizations that have accepted government money, especially those executives who receive more than $200,000 per year.

There is one organization that has accepted tax money and even so has remained in debt far too long.

This organization continues to run a deficit and has shown little interest in mending its ways.

The top executive gets a $400,000 annual salary, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 travel account and $19,000 for entertainment.

Free housing is supplied, as well as ground transportation and air transportation — two identical Boeing VC-25 aircraft, which are extensively modified versions of the Boeing 747 airliners, serve as long distance travel and are referred to as Air Force One.

Shouldn’t something be done about this?

Robert Parkhurst