Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 1/23

Words fail to do the job

Regarding Bob Cuddy’s column, “Whitman grabs lead in cliché race” (Jan 10). Hey Bob, don’t knock clichés. As much as we all like to ridicule clichés, they work in political campaigns. Just look at what “we cannot continue the failed policies of the past” did for Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats in 2008.

Bob Mongillo

Arroyo Grande

A money-saving idea

Presently, there are two public entrances to the courthouse in San Luis Obispo. Eliminate one and save the cost of two security people who tend the metal detector and scanner machine and relieve one deputy sheriff for patrol duties.

For the sake of the people with disabilities, the Palm Street entrance should be the one to remain open. In fact, there is handicap parking available on that side.

This will be a minimum inconvenience to the public in comparison to the money saved.

Allan Mayer

San Luis Obispo

Hiking, biking by code

I would like to respond to Skip Alfordʼs letter regarding safety on the Bob Jones trail (“Cyclist warnings needed,” Jan. 10). It certainly can become a daunting task to walk or bike on the Bob Jones trail and I can understand Alfordʼs concern. Bells and calling out “on your left” are excellent ways for a cyclist to warn others of their approach, but safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Much of the problem between cyclists and pedestrians can be eliminated if everyone plays by the same set of rules: the Motor Vehicle Code, in this instance. Bicyclists are required by law to ride on the right-hand side of the road, just like a motor vehicle. If there is no sidewalk and a pedestrian must walk on a road or trail, they are required by law to walk facing the oncoming traffic. In other words, on the left-hand side of the road.

When both the pedestrian and cyclist can see each other coming and make eye contact, the element of surprise is eliminated. The two parties can get past each other with a minimum of inconvenience. They might even have time to smile and greet each other with a kind word as they pass by.

Warren Hockenbary

Arroyo Grande

On good bike manners

With regard to Pandora Nash-Karner’s Viewpoint on good bicycle behavior on the Bob Jones trail, I wish to thank her and ask that we extend the wish for good bike manners throughout all our parks (“Keep it courteous on the trail,” Jan. 17).

I walk in Meadow Park every day and have felt quite surprised when a biker zooms by me and my dog with no warning. A simple “on your right/left” or a bell would really be nice.

Thanks, Pandora, for suggesting some great biker rules!

June Minikel

San Luis Obispo

No surprise on sewer

Wow. Surprise, surprise. Did anyone really think the Coastal Commission was going to approve the latest version of the sewer project? Does anyone really think the Coastal Commission cares that thousands of gallons of septic tank effluent goes into the groundwater on a daily basis? Does anyone really think they care about the cost to the residents?

Wake up. They don’t, they never have. Their only concern and goal is to stop anyone from building another house in the community. And we’re not talking about large, coastal developments, we’re talking about single-family houses on a previously subdivided property where the property owner has dutifully paid their taxes and has patiently waited for a sewer to hook up to.

It’s purely their anti-growth, private property rights-taking attitude that’s driving their actions. They’re thumbing their noses at the real needs of the community. Someone should have the backbone to tell them goodbye, we don’t want their approval and that the sewer is going to be built.

George Gibson

San Luis Obispo

Throw out unhealthy lot

Is health care in this country going to be determined by what the people want or by what the insurance and pharmaceutical corporations want? Our “representatives” seem to be more concerned about the corporations than the people who they are elected to represent. One easy way to deal with this is to throw out the current lot and elect representatives who truly represent us.

Tomos Morris

Paso Robles

Ken’s gracious nature

In this age, the term “gentleman” is often maligned and used to refer to any male. Ken Hampian personifies the meaning of gentle man. One proof of his gracious nature is his welcome and kind words toward the incoming manager who will be starting at a salary vastly exceeding what Hampian earned.

San Luis Obispo has been fortunate to have him acting on behalf of us, the populace, for these last 20 years. Much happiness to Ken and Susan in their next phase of life.

Wren Mead

San Luis Obispo