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Wonderful policy

I feel so much more secure now that passengers are prohibited from leaving their seats in the last hour of flight. If only that policy had been instituted earlier, I am confident that the incident on board the recent Northwest Airlines flight would not have occurred.

Surely, no would-be terrorist would think of leaving his seat earlier. Now we can all fly relaxed, except for the discomfort in our bladders.

Robert Bogusch


Air marshals a must

With terrorist passengers trying to blow up airplanes, I think people would be willing to pay a little more for an airline ticket that was safer and had a deterrent value. Specifically, I’d pay a surcharge so I could fly with air marshals on board airlines.

Since 9/11, the government has gotten lax about air marshals and heightened air security. The financial meltdown was a big distraction. Next time, the government should let the risk-prone banks and AIGs fall out of the sky and fund air security as it should.

Mitch Rust

Arroyo Grande

Deed brightens day

There are many good and honest people amongst us. With so many negative letters, I thought it would be nice to hear about something positive.

While shopping at the mall in Santa Maria recently, I lost my coin purse with a fairly large amount of cash in it. The person who found it called security at the mall, and I was able to get my money back.

Her name is Tarina, and she should be very proud of herself. She was very kind, and pleasant. Look around and look for the good in people and not always the bad. Thanks to her, my holiday was much brighter.

Darlene Hagadus


Toy drive a success

Re/Max Del Oro and Grass Roots II Inc. would like to give a big thanks to all of those who participated in our eighth annual toy drive this year. Because of the immense support and generosity from our community, we have been able to help more than 150 local families in need have a brighter, merrier Christmas.

Eden Elissague

San Luis Obispo

Thanks for helping homeless

The true spirit of the holidays is a reverence for our fellow humankind and respect for the beauty of the natural world.

Sharing with our brothers is what the season is about and so many reached out this year in many ways. Thank you to those of you who supported the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter benefit, you know who you are.

This year, we exceeded last year’s $38,000 by 18 percent, more than $45,000. How wonderful. There is no budget for this event, and with 100 percent going directly to the shelter, it’s truly a wonder and we’re all proud to be a part of this.

I want to thank Richard Margetson and Jerri Walsh, especially their conception of a Christmas event to help the shelter that had no support group and now with a handful of local folks, has become a reality.

Please know that there is an ongoing need at the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter and Prado Day Center. Essential items like toiletries, food cards and sleeping bags are always welcome. Dee Torres, the Director of Homeless Services, can be reached at 786-0617 and for any other information, please call Peti Johnson at 528-7638. All items to be donated need to be clean.

Peti Johnson

Los Osos

She aided homeowners

Whatever you think about Sarah Christie, you must admit she did one thing that was beneficial for property owners in San Luis Obispo County (“Planning Commissioner Christie steps down,” Dec. 18).

By being so quick to deny building requests and making it so difficult for some applicants, she effectively limited the supply of housing. By limiting the supply, she inadvertently contributed to keeping the prices artificially high. The irony is, she was such a vociferous proponent of “affordable” housing.

Donald Anderson

Arroyo Grande

She lost objectivity

Sarah Christie feels betrayed in being pushed off the Planning Commission (“Ex-commissioner says she was betrayed,” Dec. 23). By placing her personal environmental agenda above those of the public she was supposed to represent, everything became personal. She wasn’t betrayed, she was rebuffed. But like anyone who has lost objectivity, she can’t see the difference.

There are important lessons here for those so invested in their one-sided point of view that they cannot tolerate others. You cannot build consensus for even modest, common sense solutions that way. That’s the difference between being a rational conservationist and an environmental extremist.

There is one other lesson here. Once again, The Tribune finds no difficulty in labeling some as “conservatives.” But in the very same article discussing the likes of Sarah Christie and Jim Patterson, not once does the word “liberal” appear. Do you suppose this one-sidedness has anything to do with The Tribune shrinking from a newspaper to a news pamphlet?

Art Young


She was a proxy

The point that seems to be getting lost in all the drama over Sarah Christie’s departure from the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission is that Christie was a political appointee. That means essentially her role was to act as proxy for Supervisor Jim Patterson and carry out the mandate of the voters who elected him to office.

If she was about to vote differently than he would on any major planning issue, than it was his right and his duty to replace her. Any other course of action would have been unfair to the majority that elected him.

If Christie would wish that it was otherwise, then she should run for office herself. She has certainly proved to have a passionate following. Whether they constitute a majority of voters is another question.

Anne Quinn


She became a liability

A fault line divides San Luis Obispo County’s center-left progressives. It separates melodramatic idealists from practical realists, San Luis Obispo County Planning Commissioner Sarah Christie from county Supervisor Jim Patterson. This division sometimes generates tart disagreements, like Christie’s claimed “betrayal” by Patterson (“Ex-commissioner says she was betrayed,” Dec. 23).

When President Barack Obama’s green jobs adviser Van Jones resigned, no great ripple of controversy ensued because Jones refused to encourage one. Same for White House Counsel Greg Craig, who also refused to make a hullabaloo upon tendering his resignation. They both knew that when their service to the president became a liability, they were both obliged to step quietly aside.

But Christie doesn’t think such ethics should apply to her. She believes she’s an exception. As such, she’s assumed the role of victim, undone by sinister, shadowy forces.

It’s the American paranoid style, played to perfection. She simply can’t imagine that a long-suffering Patterson might simply have grown weary of her theatrics, which have lately grown truly extravagant.

Jay Salter