Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 12/05

Salvation Army ringers

If you have never been a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, you have missed a great experience. Each giver seems to be a co-conspirator in a quest to help others, as large and small gifts of money begin to add to the weight of the kettle.

Some givers think we are helping people who are passing through our town and are surprised to hear about the many hungry families living here. Others tell of good deeds done by the Salvation Army for their relatives long ago and their family’s joy in giving through the generations. Some are teaching their children to share. At the end of the shift, your body may be cold, stiff and ready for rest, but your spirit is warm, happy and lighthearted. Many ringers come back each year ready to be a part of this gathering of funds to help our neighbors and friends.

Everyone who comes in the doors of a Salvation Army center is hungry. Hungry for food for the body and soul. No one wants to take more than they can use. Please pass this word to people who want to help or need help. All are welcome.

Carolyn Neuman

Morro Bay

Don’t perpetuate conflict

Aren’t we a community that cares about people? If we are, why are we feeding hostility and ill will toward a man who cares enough about folks who are down on their luck to help them get back into the main stream of life and not just give them handouts?

Yes, I am referring to Dan De Vaul. The conflict between De Vaul and the county has been going on for so long. Isn’t it time for us, as a caring community, to urge the county to use their money to hire a professional person to mediate a meeting between De Vaul and the county supervisors (or for a starter, just Bruce Gibson) to help resolve this ugly conflict, instead of spending it on court proceedings?

The world is so full of hate and conflict, why do we in San Luis Obispo have to perpetuate it in our caring community?

Lynne Levine

San Luis Obispo

Give shoppers a break

It happened at 4:50 p.m. this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a $30 parking ticket for parking in a regular metered spot on Morro Street. It was Saturday, but seemed like Sunday because of the Thanksgiving holiday, and it was almost dark outside. It didn’t dawn on us that meter maids would be out in full force during the first big Christmas shopping weekend, especially at the end of the day.

My son and I went to the Apple store to buy a quick Christmas gift for my husband. It took 15 minutes. To our surprise, we returned to our car and found a $30 parking ticket! I double checked the curb to make sure we were not in the red zone or in a handicapped spot. The last parking ticket I received was $8.

Come on, city of San Luis Obispo, can’t you give shoppers a break and offer a little more incentive to shop downtown by offering at least 60 free minutes of parking on the street as well as in the garages?

I suppose I can always explore my options and stay home to order my remaining gifts online or shop at big box stores where parking is free.

Lori Hall

Arroyo Grande

Talking points

The back and forth that has been going on between “liberals” and “conservatives” in The Tribune letters section sounds a lot like the debates in the California Legislature and the U.S. Congress.

The talking points are: we’re right, they’re wrong; we’re good, they’re bad. The truth is that we all want security, prosperity and the right to pursue happiness. And we all face the same set of problems as we try to achieve these goals.

Liberals and conservatives have different ideas about how to solve those problems, but neither way of thinking alone will get us to the best solutions. Until we stop generalizing about how bad “all liberals” or “all conservatives” are and begin working together, we’ll just get more of the same failed fixes.

In short, if we want our elected representatives to start talking, sharing ideas and collaborating to find real solutions, we may have to lead the way. The solutions we need won’t fit in the traditional ideological boxes. That means we’ll have to give up being liberals and conservatives, at least provisionally, and think together as Californians and Americans. If we do, maybe the people in Sacramento and Washington will take notice and follow suit.

Charles Feltman

San Luis Obispo

So much for good deed

Last Saturday, I shopped in downtown San Luis Obispo to help support our local economy. There were lots of great deals and I spent about $145.

I was feeling pretty good until I got to my car and found a parking ticket tucked under my windshield wiper. Imagine my shock to see a $30 fine. So much for trying to do a good deed. Sometimes it’s just going to cost a little more to shop locally.

Toni Krall

San Luis Obispo

Ideal solar opportunity

Look at all the available roof space associated with the Chinatown project. An ideal opportunity for solar energy solutions. Can this project emulate the precedent set by the Palm Theater? What a concept!

Laurel Woodson

Arroyo Grande

Mammogram advice

I am not a regular newspaper reader, but the headline about holding off on mammograms until you are age 50 caught my attention as my husband had the paper laid out on our kitchen table (Nov. 17).

I am shocked. Outraged! What idiots run this so-called task force for the United States? Obviously they have been tainted by the insurance companies; I smell those rats who dictate our medical care. I’m sure they are at the bottom of this decision. It’s all about the all-mighty dollar.

My sweet niece, age 40, was just diagnosed with breast cancer. She had no lumps, no reason to think her routine mammogram would yield anything questionable. Because her mother, my sister, had breast cancer 10 years ago, she was being extra cautious. Now she has had a double mastectomy and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Because of that mammogram, she has a chance to live.

Some of us really listen to the recommendations that those in power give us. Especially when its our government who we are suppose to trust.

I hope someday they pull their heads out of you-know-where and take care of their citizens, who deserve better.

Janine Carter

Grover Beach

Just a little patch

California has more than 1,000 miles of beaches. Only on a very few miles do they allow cars, etc. I think we should allow families to use a little patch for their cars and beach buggies.

Dorothy Hull