Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 2/13

Shame on the shamers

I would like to address the local unions that are constantly shaming our local businesses — everything from retailers and hotels to hospitals.

Every time I drive by one of those “shame on you” signs, I get sick to my stomach as I realize they are spreading shame all over our community.

Sometimes we become so focused on our needs that we aren’t aware of the larger message we are giving to those we live with. Many people spend much of their adult lives seeking to overcome shame put on them by their parents and families. Now the local unions are decreeing it all over our community. San Luis Obispo residents and businesses have suffered greatly during this economic recession.

I believe it is time the unions take note of the message they are giving and stop it. There are many ways to get your needs met without shaming your neighbors.

It is time we bless our neighbors, bless our local businesses and bless our hospitals and health care workers. I say “stop shaming our community.”

Cheryl Kippen

San Luis Obispo

Taking action

For those interested in the elimination of unnecessary noise and disruption in our neighborhoods, the big story in The Tribune is not the baby step our City Council made in its noise ordinance decision, but the story out of Oakland in the State Roundup (“SLO gets tougher on noise violators” and State Roundup, Jan. 20).

After being ignored by a city government corrupted by its affiliation with local property owners, residents filed suit against obnoxious student groups and inconsiderate property owners, a strategy I proposed at the recent City Council meeting and have successfully threatened several property owners with.

The next best thing when government officials ignore you is to hit the perpetrator in the pocketbook. Are you going to wait until they start shooting pellets at your house before you demand your right to a peaceful neighborhood?

With thousands of students applying to Cal Poly annually, the troublemakers can easily be replaced with students intent on an education.

Terry Mohan

San Luis Obispo

More news wanted

I am in full agreement with Lon Allan about the quiet pleasures of reading a newspaper (“The quiet of a newspaper vs. the noise of television,” Jan. 26).

The printed, as opposed to spoken, word gives me time to think about the issues that I am reading about, whether they be local, state, national or international, rather than be loudly lectured at by various TV broadcasters.

I appreciated Paul Krugman’s column about Ben Bernanke’s problems concerning his reappointment as chairman to the Federal Reserve; while I will have no direct say in that decision, it behooves me as a citizen to understand the questions (“The Ben Bernanke conundrum,” Jan. 26).

Which is what a newspaper should do.

I hope this recession winds down soon, advertising comes back and The Tribune will have room for more news.

Clement Salvadori


Maintain the bluffs

Your report of the collapse of a section of the bluff at Dinosaur Caves Park does not surprise this part-time (temporarily) resident of Pismo Beach (“Coastal cave-in almost claims strolling couple,” Jan. 28).

Ever since 1996, as both a resident and as a candidate for City Council, my constant plea was to do something about all the bluffs in Pismo Beach. They are a natural beauty to be maintained, to no avail. We must find ways to divert rain waters from plunging down, thus eroding the base of these bluffs.

Yes, development does bring in revenue, but at a very high cost of losing the priceless beauty of natural formation that probably took thousands of years to form and cannot be replaced.

It is easy to think of costs in the short term, but wisdom to preserve nature’s gift is somehow nonexistent in the minds of the presently elected council members who were so enthusiastically endorsed by The Tribune. Federal help should have been solicited in 1996.

Brahama D. Sharma

Chico, CA

Change in the weather

To those who gleefully belittle global warming as the East digs out of a severe blizzard, I suggest you take seriously the scientific evidence that global warming increases severe weather in all seasons, including winter (“Snowstorms latest talking points for climate debaters,” Feb. 11).

Your children and grandchildren are likely to take a very dim view of your flippant denial of the evidence as they experience the effects of a changing climate.

Ray Bracken

Los Osos