Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 12/12

Resolution is the best

I am trying to figure out how we became a nation of “my way or the highway.” We are becoming more and more divided because people take sides on an issue from media or political party influence and do not try to resolve the real issues based on what is best.

The health care system is not good and needs change. My doctor changed my monthly prescriptions to annual refills and instead of $15 per month it is now $25 per year. Why? People lose their houses because without insurance, they can’t pay for an overpriced hospital stay. This is wrong. Congress needs to resolve this instead of bandstanding and blocking progress.

Recently, The Tribune printed a letter about wind power and it said solar-electric “will never pay back” (Wind power, Nov. 24). Does it have to be wind versus solar power? Can’t we have both solutions?

Styrofoam is an issue and McDonald’s chose the responsible, more expensive solution by packaging their food in paper products. They did the right thing. We need to accept there will always be issues and we need to resolve them and make progress, instead of wasting time fighting over who is right.

Les Kangas

San Luis Obispo

Cut the shrill ignorance

In his commentary, Bill O’Reilly suggests that atheists are jealous that they have no “pagan display” to lift their spirits (Have yourself a Godless little Christmas, Dec. 5). O’Reilly almost let a truth slip out that much about Christmas has ancient pagan origins — more than just Santa.

The fact that most of the world’s believers are not Christian seems to elude O’Reilly. The suggestion that atheists are without joy seems disingenuous. Carl Sagan, like many others I could name, lived an inspiring life, filled with the joy of a curious mind.

Wouldn’t it be nice if on this Christmas, shrill ignorance subsided, allowing humbler Christian harmony to prevail?

Jim Carlisle


Where is this place?

Some of us who have been around awhile have questions about the proposal by Adam Hill and Frank Mecham to pursue a “stronger, more diverse and more creative local economy” (Supervisors speak on development strategy, Nov. 22).

How will we know when it’s sufficiently strong, diverse and creative? If a place with a sufficiently strong, diverse and creative economy exists, where is it? And why are the advocates for more not living there instead of here? Just curious.

Glen Matteson

San Luis Obispo

Smokes vs. barbecues

Surely the members of the City Council jest by considering a ban on cigarette smoke at the Thursday night Downtown Farmers’ Market (SLO bans smoking at parks, Mission Plaza, Dec. 2) while turning a deaf nose to the barbecue wood smoke that is far deadlier. Might as well ban cannabis and provide free heroin.

M. Power Giacoletti   

San Simeon

On running stop signs

In regards to The Tribune article “SLO bans smoking at parks, Mission Plaza” on Dec. 2: Great! Now that the San Luis Obispo City Council has conquered this issue, maybe they can focus their attention on eradicating stop sign runners. Stop sign running in San Luis Obispo has become so prevalent. It is amazing how far out of hand this problem has grown. San Luis Obispo City Council and Police Department: this is a public safety issue, do something to eradicate it.

G.R. Flores

San Luis Obispo

Enough on De Vaul

We read recently that The Tribune is undergoing yet another “redesign” to save newsprint. Here’s a suggestion that might help: Why not stop publishing the endless letters and commentary on the sad, sorry saga of Dan De Vaul?

Jim Duenow’s informed, even-handed and reasonably succinct column in the Dec. 6 Tribune seemed to lay out the issues with clarity.

Nothing more need be said or written on this subject.

John Miller

San Luis Obispo

Hampian shortchanged

I retired from the San Luis Obispo Police Department in 2003 after 23 years of service with that agency. I worked with Ken Hampian for many of those years and believe he did an outstanding job for the city. I just read that his replacement is starting at a salary that is $30,000 more than Hampian made in his last year with the city (SLO to pay more to new city manager, Dec. 3). I believe that is an insult to Hampian and a poor use of taxpayer money.

When an experienced police officer transfers to a new police agency, that officer comes in at a lower salary than the veteran officers already on the department. The logic behind that is that no matter how qualified the new officer may be, they do not have the local knowledge that is so important in providing excellent service to the community.

Based on that logic, I find it difficult to believe that a new city administrative officer from Southern California is worth more on day one than Hampian was after many years of experience working for the city.

I welcome a response from a member of the City Council.

Jim English


EXERTHON a success!

A few weeks ago you printed an article about the EXER-THON fundraiser I was running at Atascadero Junior High. The article sure helped because we were able to collect $14,489.67 to support our sports programs, classroom materials and supplies, enrichment programs like a Science Fair and History Day, as well as needed instructional technology and new library books.

Our students worked really hard collecting donations and, as usual, the community was very supportive even in these tough times. I am so grateful to all of the donors who helped make this fundraiser a success. I also want to thank our great local businesses for donating the many prizes our students had the chance to win. Thanks so much to Albertson’s, Spencer’s, Vons, Misty Brew, Malibu Brew, A&W, Candy Bouquet, Domino’s Pizza, Golden China Restaurant, Pizza Express, Subway, Sylvester’s, Taco Bell, Cal Poly Sports, Central Coast Cinemas, Franklin Paintball, MotionZ, Paso Bowl, Video Palace, Carl’s Junior, Jack in the Box, and Tastee Freeze.

And, of course, thank you to my amazing volunteers for all of your hard work.

Cynthia Lawrie