Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 12/7

Honor and gratitude

This letter is not about the Los Osos sewer, nor about Obama or our local government. This letter is written for one purpose, to simply say thank you to a very special group of people.

This group says goodbye to us each day by the thousands. So thank you one more time, before it is too late, to the men and women who saved our freedom in World War II.

Recently, the History Channel ran a special all week about the lives of 12 people who fought in that war. It reminded me just how much they gave to our country and how little they expected back from us in return.

So though we think about how rough our lives are right now, we might want to put everything into perspective and think what it must have been like to be so young and to not know each day if it would be our last. All veterans deserve our thanks and our hope that they will make it through, but today this letter is to all of you, the greatest generation, thank you for giving us the best years of your lives. We do remember, and we thank you.

John Sorgenfrei Pismo Beach

Throw us a bone

If our Board of Supervisors are determined to sell the La Grande Tract behind closed doors like Congress, then at least give the people of West Oceano one bone.

Require the state to build a permanent entrance to the off-highway vehicle area south of the Oceano Airport, with a state-of-the-art staging area. The road for this entrance would skirt the east side of the dunes until it reaches the La Grande Tract, then cross to the ocean. Or build a staging area and camping site away from the wind on the east side of the Dunes. Then we can close the section of beach from Pier Avenue south to the OHV and keep vehicles out of the endangered wildlife area and the creek.

We will have the beach open to traffic from Pier to Grand avenues. This land is worth a lot more than what the county is asking for it. The people of West Oceano have been asking for a south entrance for more than 20 years.

Terry Sweetland Oceano

Cuesta’s challenge

In reference to Marilyn Rossa’s viewpoint on Nov. 24, “Does anyone know where Cuesta went?” I do! I started with Cuesta College in math and physics under a very forward-looking administration and board of trus-tees. The board knew what they wanted their community college to be and hired an administration to make it happen.

The administration was made up of academicians who wanted the best and most forward-looking teachers who could rapidly grow the college academically to be one of the top community colleges in the country. They found the talent and money to make this happen.

After the first two presidents, the board and administration started reverting back to the old classical educationist model of how to administer a college. Dave Pelham is the culmination of this type of administration of the past.

I retired from Cuesta College because it was apparent the administration was taking the college back to the old classical educationist model and the excitement of working for leaders who challenged us and allowed us to experiment and challenge ourselves was gone.

Cuesta College trustees now have the opportunity and challenge to find a president for the future and not of the past.

Richard Fisher Morro Bay

Doesn’t add up

Wow. I’m having real trouble with the drought article in The Tribune (Scientists report proof of “megadroughts,” Nov. 27). The article cites a study showing California suffered through a lengthy drought 15,000 years ago and a 140-year drought around the year 1,100.

How can this be? We’ve been told by the climate “experts” that humans are the cause of global warming.

I can’t believe how the world population 15,000 years ago and 900 years ago could have operated enough factories and SUVs to produce such destruction back then.

Jim Vint Nipomo

Nonprofit in need

San Luis Obispo Meals on Wheels delivers nutritionally balanced meals to home-bound individuals. There is no minimum age requirement and the program receives no government funding, which sets it apart from other nutrition services.

Since 1973, San Luis Obispo Meals on Wheels has been serving the community by offering limited subsidies to those who could not otherwise pay for the meals. We thank the generous individuals and community groups who have donated in the past. We are in need of additional funds now.

San Luis Obispo Meals on Wheels is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Contributions may be mailed to SLO MOW, 1637 La Vineda, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. For further information call 541-1336.

Jean Reno San Luis Obispo