Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 1/03

A better Dunes solution

Do people realize what they’re doing if they stop machines on the Dunes? First, we will have very little business in the Oceano area. Why can’t they just stop bonfires and require the use of gas heaters or camp stoves? 

They could try pollution control (smog check) like the same as cars on the road. There are many ways to keep these people from playing on the Dunes. Shut off the areas where the birds are, rather than stopping them.

I’ve been here 27 years, and this is foolish.

We need to open their hearts and think of ways to help and control this instead of stopping our businesses.

Jacob A. Harris


Capps a great advocate

The San Luis Obispo chapter of the National Organization for Women proudly supports Congresswoman Lois Capps for her stand on the issue of women’s access to health care now being debated as part of the health care reform legislation in Congress. 

It is amazing that the very people who claim to want to reduce government and who call any governmental program “socialism” are the very people leading the fight to intrude the government into the private decision of what a woman can or cannot do with her own body and her own medical needs.  Hooray for Capps for standing up to them.

We invite you to join us for a town hall discussion at the San Luis Obispo library at 6 p.m. on Jan. 22, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. Hilda Zacarias will moderate on how this legislation affects women’s right to health care, including abortion. As Capps said at the rally she led in Washington, “The stakes are now really high, and the advocates are going to make all of the difference in the world.” 

Be an advocate for choice!

Angie King

San Luis Obispo

Rugby’s rich tradition

Congratulations to Tony Peckham for his screenplay about the sport of rugby unifying a nation (Rugby, racism and Mandela, Dec. 16). He managed to tell a compelling story without car chases, explosions or dead hookers.

“Invictus” shows us what human beings can accomplish when they pull together for a common cause and rise above petty selfishness and divisive greed. It’s no secret that we could apply that lesson to all aspects of our lives.

One of our county’s best kept secrets is its rich tradition of quality rugby programs. Local teams include three college sides, two men’s clubs, one women’s club and five youth teams (four boys’ teams and one girls’). All of these clubs are member supported and more often than not are sharing equipment and coaching and scrambling for practice space.

These members of our community do it because they enjoy the game and the respect and camaraderie that permeates the sport. Real people, playing a real game.

Hopefully, the recent inclusion of rugby into the Olympics will not endanger that.

Paul Cappellano

San Luis Obispo

We must work together

In a country with so many liberties and rights and freedoms, why do people complain, knowing full well there are people in this world that do not have these things?

I know the human race is the top of the food chain, but why are we feeding on others’ sorrow? With global warming and weather systems going crazy, we, as members of this human race, need to work together.

Leave your political affiliation and religious beliefs at the door. Overlook each others’ faults and differences, and clean up the mess we made over the last four decades.

Start with each street, work up to a block, then a city, town, country and then the world.

Clean up the gangs and drug infestation on every level and maybe someday, we will have peace in this messed-up, war-torn world.

Raymond C. Porter

Paso Robles