Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 12/16

There is a leash law

On Dec. 3, as I was walking my Pomeranian, Sadie, in the Elfin Forest in Los Osos, three large, unleashed dogs came out of a grove of trees with the sole intent of attacking my dog. 

Fortunately, I was able to pick her up and hold her in my arms, all the while trying to protect her and myself from getting bit. I was twirling around, screaming and Sadie started screaming as well. 

The supposed owners, a young male and female, came out of the grove and stood back, calling to their dogs, which didn’t seem to make much of a difference. Finally, when the dogs were put back on leashes, the young woman said, “Sorry!” and her companion said, “My bad!” I was stunned and in shock and crying, just wanting to get away from the whole scene.

Thankfully, Sadie only ended up with a puncture wound on her foot. Amazingly, that was all the damage done, other than the psychological trauma for both of us (and the veterinarian bill).

People — there is a leash law in this county! That applies to everyone who walks their dog, even if it’s in unincorporated Los Osos.

Dallis Richardson

Los Osos

Capitalism at work

I am writing in support of the decision by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors to reject the San Miguel Ranch project. The board is to be commended for following the advice of the Planning Commission as well as the Air Pollution Control District Board and Water Resources Advisory Committee. The staff of all three boards rejected the project for a variety of reasons and the Board of Supervisors had the good sense to follow their advice.  

It is so refreshing to see a board not fall into the trap of overruling the advisory boards and committees and allow massive leap-frog development in northern San Luis Obispo County.  

I couldn’t agree more with Supervisor Adam Hill’s statement that developer Brent Grizzle “knew what he was getting into. He rolled the dice and went forward; that’s a business decision” (Development denial tells tale of two boards, Dec. 13).  

It’s about time that a message went out to the local developers that there is no guarantee of a profit on any proposed development and that the proposal may be rejected and the purchase of land for development may lead to a financial loss. That’s how capitalism should work!

Art Nathan

Paso Robles

Duenow is right on

Congratulations to The Tribune for publishing Jim Duenow’s excellent Viewpoint article on Dec. 6 regarding Dan De Vaul going national. As a citizen, attorney and board member of the Maxine Lewis Shelter, Duenow knows the homeless subject well. I encourage every citizen of our county to carefully read Duenow’s article.

While some choose to treat De Vaul with amusement or with sympathy, the plain facts of his behavior cannot be ignored. The county has an obligation to hold De Vaul accountable and the sooner the better for all.

Ken Schwartz

San Luis Obispo

Stop the imports

Here again I see the elected officials of San Luis Obispo, like the other cities on the Central Coast, have gone to a city of crime and slime to import an overpaid administrator.

A lot of the city administrators, and police and fire chiefs for Central Coast cities are imports. Do the residents of our wonderful Central Coast want our cities run like San Francisco, Fresno and the Los Angeles area?

I contend that there are smart people in our local city’s governments.

Promoting those smart people to fill the top jobs would be incentive for younger people to remain here and work in our city governments.

Additional training for advancement can be obtained from local colleges and the FBI academy.

Myron A. May

Arroyo Grande

Shelve the timeline

Can someone explain to me why every Taliban commander in Afghanistan will not just furlough his troops for 18 months?

The Taliban and al-Qaida wage war in terms of decades and centuries, not months. One of the reasons the surge worked in Iraq was that the commander in chief did not surge with a timeline for withdrawal.

Rick Adams

Paso Robles

Thanks for coverage

My thanks and kudos to Tribune writer Donovan Aird and photographer Joe Johnston for the wonderful article and photos of the two Serbian water polo players — a San Luis Obispo High School Tiger and an Arroyo Grande High School Eagle (“It’s a small waterworld,” Nov. 19).

Too often, water polo players, swimmers and divers on our high school teams are not given the press coverage that athletes in other sports are. As the wife of the boys varsity swim coach at San Luis Obispo High School, I know the long hours and total dedication these athletes give to their sport.

I well remember one of the years that our team took first place in the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Championships, which had more than 80 schools competing. I heard nothing on the radio the next morning, so I called to ask why. I was told, “Sorry ma’am, but swimming is not one of the Big 3.” Ouch!

Sharon Ernstrom

San Luis Obispo