Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 01/02

Keep zoo’s name

Charles Paddock developed the zoo and serviced animals by creating healing environments for each creature. Charlie lost so much in his life: his 21-year-old son, Mike, in the Vietnam war and his own health. Please do not now rob his memory of his legacy, the Charles Paddock Zoo. Keep the name, and honor the designer and developer of the zoo — Charlie.

Nancy Paddock

Niece of Charles Paddock

Thanks for support

I would like to express my gratitude to the people of San Luis Obispo County for their continued support of the annual Operation Santa Claus toy drive.

The event collects toys for the children within the county’s foster care system and under the protection of Child Protective Services (CPS).

This year, we had a greater need than in years past, and with your generosity, we were able to meet the need and help to make the holidays a little brighter for some children and teens within our county.

The response this year was incredible and is a reminder of what a great area we live in. On behalf of myself and the CDF/San Luis Obispo County Firefighters Benevolent Association, thank you and have a happy and safe new year.

Eric Tebbets CDF/San Luis Obispo County Firefighters Benevolent Association

Get the facts on solar

Gregg Nadler (Letters, Nov. 20) misses the point of Andy Pease and Marilyn Farmer’s “Building for our energy needs” viewpoint (Nov. 4).

Rather than dismiss the importance of rooftop solar, they went into some detail outlining the potential for and importance of rooftop solar.

Both Green Build organizations strongly support policies that promote increased use of site-generated electricity.

Nadler apparently has some difficulty understanding two facts. First, not every rooftop is appropriate for solar panels. Second, even under the most optimistic projections, rooftop solar alone will not meet our energy requirements. Rather it is an important part of the sustainable energy mix that we need to put in place as rapidly as possible.

The energy decisions we make today will determine whether we will have a secure future for generations. Those who present the false choice of rooftop solar versus utility scale solar as a serious policy option do a disservice to the community.

Tom Murray

Arroyo Grande

Too much volunteerism?

We appreciate County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian’s vision for Nipomo to stay user-friendly for walkers, joggers and equestrians (Effort to harness trails fails, Dec. 3). Through its membership, Ride Nipomo has been cleaning, clearing and trying to keep easements open as housing has flourished into unending subdivisions. We have been told that these easements are good for 24 years and to be patient.

Just try asking someone who has extended their landscape to the street if they will give back the dirt or landscaped easements that were intended to be there in the first place. It won’t happen.

Our four remaining supervisors had a chance on Dec. 1 to share this goal with Achadjian, but unfortunately, they declined to be part of a partnership between government and volunteers. For more than eight years, many volunteers have been providing, at no cost to the county, services to keep Nipomo clean and rich with its heritage of open space. Maybe this is one of the reasons government is failing us — too much volunteerism and not enough paid staff members. We must have been born into the wrong era.

Cherie and Rob Dodds