Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 2/23

Help local children

Right on Carlotta Clymer! I totally agree with you (“Charity at home,” Feb. 15 ). I recently found out that there are 60 children in my town who have no food on weekends.

If there are 60 kids in Morro Bay that we know about, how many are there in Los Osos, San Luis Obispo, Atascadero, Paso Robles, Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach and on and on? We really need to start looking in our own backyards and take care of the kids because they are our future. I realize Haiti needs help, but what about our children?

It is wonderful that Hollywood jumped in and raised millions for the people of Haiti and the new “We are the World” record will bring in more. Charity does begin at home and I hope I can be a part of something local.

Teri Simmons

Morro Bay

Powered bikes

While riding my bicycle around town, I’ve encountered electric-powered bikes that go faster than I could have gone even on my best day as a bike racer.

The reason bikes are separated from general traffic is because of the difference in speed. Putting fast-moving powered bicycles on the paths and in the bike lanes defeats the whole purpose of segregating cyclists.

Moreover, the paths are not designed for speeds higher than what a normal bicycle would achieve. I’d suggest a law banning powered bikes from the bicycle specific lanes and paths. Those people ought to be pedaling anyway. We’ve got a fat epidemic to deal with in this country.

James Mason

San Luis Obispo

Viability vs. needs

In regard to the closing of the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital: We should be working to expand programs to ensure a heart-healthy community, not eliminating them. There are many in our community who need long-term rehabilitation and maintenance to prevent the reoccurrence of heart/lung problems or the diminishing of their lifestyle.

I have been a cardiac patient at French Hospital many times. Their dedicated staff provided excellent care. If it’s new and exciting, state-of-the-art or cutting edge (no pun intended), French Hospital will have it. But it makes you wonder about their “award-winning care” when programs to provide long-term heart health maintenance are lacking.

Rick Castro’s letter in the mail informing us that the program was closing stated that the programs are “no longer viable.” Can we say profit? In his viewpoint in The Tribune, he says Arroyo Grande Community Hospital is trying to meet community needs (“A hospital’s tough decision,” Feb. 7). They will focus on providing after surgery care and therapy. But those are paid for by insurance. Can we say profit again?

It’s amazing how a “not for profit” hospital makes its decisions on the services it provides on “viability” and not real community needs.

William Beeman

Arroyo Grande

Pitts right on facts

Regarding Leonard Pitts Jr.’s “Facts have no place in today’s arguments,” Feb. 21: I can’t agree more with Pitts argument that facts no longer have weight in political, personal and even historical debate. When our last president stood before the American people and deliberately promoted a fabrication and then insisted that all sign off on it (weapons of mass destruction), he gave license to all that found facts to be inconvenient.

The deliberate distortion and denial of facts (even well-known and generally accepted facts) in our country’s political and social life drives me to despair. Apparently nothing is worth knowing well and anything can be true if it is but expressed with the proper amount of zeal and outrage.

Michael Morin


Columnists welcome

Good choices! Charles Krauthammer and Gail Collins are intellectually brilliant, know what they’re writing about and civil in their discourse. And they’re also good writers.

Marvin Sosna

Morro Bay

Sharing the load

Let’s say that there are three of us: you, me and Leslie. We have a pool of money that we contribute to equally and we can dip into it if any of us gets sick. Well, Leslie’s been pretty sick lately and dipping into the pool pretty heavily.

Now I say that since I’m not sick, I’m not going to contribute to the pool anymore. Fine for me, as long as I don’t get sick. But now the pool has only two-thirds the amount of money coming into it, but the same amount being taken from it.

So you and Leslie now have to pay 50 percent more each into the pool.

But if I stay in the pool, then we’re sharing the risk equally. That’s how insurance is supposed to work. That’s why everyone should buy health insurance. And that, I believe, is why some insurers are raising their rates — the healthier people are no longer doing their part.

I look at it this way: I’m lucky to be healthy (knock on wood). Some of my friends aren’t so lucky. I’m helping them by spreading out the load a little more fairly.

Rosalie Valvo

Morro Bay

Dangerous location

Some years from now, when an airplane crashes into the proposed homeless center on South Higuera Street, killing guests and staff, The Tribune staff will print a scathing editorial about the poor judgment in allowing this facility to be built in the flight path to the airport (“Commission OKs shelter in flight path,” Feb. 18).

The above will happen. Everybody stop, rethink. You have made a very dangerous decision and people will perish in a ball of fire as a result.

Marvin Cowley

Paso Robles

Get involved, make difference

I have been a commercial fisherman out of Port San Luis for more than 30 years where I fish for crabs, salmon, albacore and black cod. Over the last 30 years, the California Department of Fish and Game has passed many laws to regulate these fisheries. Some of these laws were poorly written and not actively enforced by Fish and Game.

In 2008, I was charged with violating one of those Fish and Game laws. It was a law that made it a violation of the Fish and Game code to possess both rock crab and Dungeness crab on a boat at the same time, even if the fisherman had both permits and all the crab was legal size and caught using all legal gear.

I brought a couple of these laws to the attention of my state assemblyman, Sam Blakeslee, and he and his staff worked effectively with me to change the law to make commercial fishing off the Central Coast more efficient and profitable. It is comforting to know that our system of government can work when you participate in the process. My message to you is to communicate with your elected leaders and get involved.

Tom Capen

San Luis Obispo

Pick up your fishing line

This is a plaintive request to all fishermen, young and old. Please be kind and pick up your fishing line.

I took my dog for a leisurely walk (on a leash) at Atascadero Lake one recent morning, just like every morning. As we crossed the grassy area near the water, my dog found something interesting. Unbeknownst to me, it was fishing line with a hook attached. Guess where the hook ended up? Lodged in my dog’s mouth, of course.

And after the veterinary bill to remove it, I am now $207 poorer. Which is a lot of money when you’re out of work and wondering how you’re going to pay the bills you already have. This is not the first time I have become entangled in fishing line while walking near the water. Unfortunately, my dog was the victim this time.

If I am responsible enough to keep my dog on a leash, couldn’t the fishermen be responsible enough to know how dangerous their fishing line is, especially since it is virtually impossible to see. So to all you fishermen, please be kind and pick up your line.

V. Cristiana