Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 3/10

Save our schools

After I dropped my child off at school this morning, I sat in my car to compose myself. I was struck with a paralysis that was hard to explain. I looked at all the young children waiting for their school day to begin and wondered about their future. We trust that our teachers will prepare our children for future opportunities. Our children have the expectation that we will guide them along the path of a brighter future. They trust us, and we are letting them down. We are girdling their dreams, their ambitions. We are sending them unprepared and unable to compete in a world that will pass us by if we falter.

I sat in front of San Benito Elementary School listening to the sounds of the peaceful protest that occurred on March 5. Parents, teachers and about 40 children united today to chant “save our school.” I see our future lawyers, doctors and teachers who will not be given the skills they need to meet their full potential if we do not support them now. I am moved to tears for their opportunities lost. I pray their pleas will not fall upon deaf ears. Please save our schools.

Lisa Segler


No pros here

I’ve been watching Meg Whitman’s commercials in which she blames California’s problems on “professional politicians in Sacramento.”

It seems to me that part of the problem is that we don’t have any professionals there. Rather, we have a group of amateurish, incompetent ideologues who, thanks to term limits, are promptly replaced by another group of incompetents before they have a chance to become professional.

Tom Weiss

Paso Robles

Water matters

To Paso Robles residents, please do not protest the proposed water rate increases. I agree with Phil Dirkx (“Water-rate dispute is like an illness,” March 5). These rates are fair, affordable and will be among the lowest rates in our county. For many residents who already conserve water or live in a modest home, their bill will actually decrease.

To Paso Robles city officials, please rethink your mandatory water-rationing program. Your current incentives and education program are right-on. The new rates will encourage conservation more effectively than last year’s heavy-handed policing that offended many residents.

To Concerned Citizens for Paso Robles, please drop your lawsuit for $8 million against the City of Paso Robles. The attorneys will surely benefit but the rest of us will likely face a loss of city services to pay the legal bill.

I don’t want further cutbacks such as reduced library hours, park and street maintenance and recreation programs.

We appreciate your watchdog efforts that brought us a good outcome. Your point has been made, so please stop wasting city staff time and resources on this issue.

Paula O'Farrell

Paso Robles

An old problem

Unintended acceleration problems have been with us since man rode on a horse. If the horse was spooked, an unskilled rider was usually injured. In the past 110 years, people driving engine-powered vehicles have experienced unintended acceleration events.

As a retired engineer with six years at Buick and 28 at Ford, I believe that most of these “unintended acceleration events” are driver caused. The true unintended acceleration events that do happen could be ended by turning off the engine and/or shifting to neutral. At least a hundred cars a day run out of gas (engine stops) and drivers steer and stop without incident.

Toyota, like Ford, has a long family management history and tries to run an honorable company. Toyota may have a unique unintended acceleration problem, and the government should monitor it, but watching the congressional oversight committee huff and puff and beat up on Toyota President Akio Toyoda was pretty nauseating.

Rod MacLeod

Pismo Beach

Ease up on teachers

Another big bunch of pink slips for teachers (“100 plus pink slips going out,” March 3)!

Why not an across-the-board cut, from superintendent to janitor, of 10 percent instead?

Teachers are a vital part of our community and should not bear the brunt of this reduction in education funds. When things get better, it’s a lot easier to get another superintendent than good, experienced teachers.

Roy Berger

Arroyo Grande

Stop the war

It’s time to stop the war in Afghanistan. We are doing more harm than good. Why can’t we be there in another more constructive capacity than as a purely military presence? In addition, we can’t afford to fight this war or any war. Can’t we think of anything to do but fight?

Troy Farr

San Luis Obispo