Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 3/21

Closing Oceano airport

Los Osos developer Jeff Edwards recently advertised a “public meeting” at Rabobank in Grover Beach for Wednesday, March 17, to discuss his plans for the Oceano County Airport.

I attended that meeting ... make that I “tried” to attend that meeting, so I could learn what his ideas are. It turned out that Edwards controlled who came to his meeting. As far as the public was concerned, we were told we couldn’t come in. So 50 or so of us who were denied entry stood outside and talked about what a country we live in where a person can claim to have invited the public and then deny them entrance.

All I can say is that Edwards must think the public (who own that little airport) are really stupid and will give him permission to put millions of their dollars in his pocket.

Someone is putting up significant dollars to try and destroy the Oceano airport and deprive this community of something that is nonreplaceable. It would be my guess that this money is coming in from outside the county and is to be used through Edwards to try to influence the Board of Supervisors.

I wonder who is footing the bill?

Tom Hunter

Paso Robles

Vital children’s program

I am writing to commend the City of Arroyo Grande’s Children in Motion program. At a time when we are bombarded with reports of neglected/endangered children and when state budget cuts threaten the quality of our children’s educations, it’s reassuring to know that on a local level, our city leaders are committed to our children’s well-being.

The Children in Motion program fills a need for dependable, quality child care that not only keeps our children safe and engaged in fun, challenging activities, but also enables parents to work and contribute to the community with the assurance that the program reflects local values and interests while building upon the top-notch educations our area schools provide.

The commitment of the staff is evident in the wide variety of activities offered and in the individualized attention the children receive. 

Although the program most directly benefits the families served, it also provides a vital service to the entire community in keeping our children safe, engaged and out of trouble; in complementing the efforts of our overburdened school teachers; and in reinforcing the sense of community our area is known for. 

Vicki Vance

Arroyo Grande

Classes should stay free

I only partially agree with your editorial “Fees better than loss of classes” (March 11) regarding the upcoming plan to charge for classes in Cuesta College’s Emeritus Program for people over age 50.

Yes, class fees may be fair for all who attend Cuesta College as students seeking degrees or certificates or people who only want to expand their knowledge of the world and their friendship circles.

However, the Emeritus Program allows low-income seniors the same opportunities open to those who can afford memberships in health clubs like Kennedy Club Fitness, classes at the Osher Institute at Cal Poly or classes costing money via city recreation departments and at private studios of music, art, dance, etc.

The Emeritus free classes leveled the playing field. Now I fear the playing field will be bumpy and lower-income seniors will have to do without the classes or go without some essentials. I did note that scholarships will be offered and can only hope that your readers will generously support this effort to help.

Judith Bernstein

Paso Robles

Listen to your soul

How much did it cost taxpayers for morons to mail out 120 million census letters telling us we will receive a census letter next week? We know who the head moron is because he signed the letter: Robert M. Groves, Director, United States Census Bureau. This is one of the reasons why the national debt rises out of control. Every government agency deliberately spends more than it has so they can ask for more next year. As their departments grow, so do their salaries and their illusions of grandeur.

Human systems of government do not work and may never work for everyone. Personal peace is the best we can hope to achieve, so choose ethical investing. Our life and our death will go more smoothly if we invest in food crops than if we invest in weapons and exploitation of others. Don’t wait until you are on your deathbed before you realize the harm and pain your actions may have caused to others. Listen to your soul.

Francis Howard


No second chances

I am writing with a sad and heavy heart. I’ve grown tired of hearing about innocent, beautiful children being hurt and killed by multiple sex offenders.

Why do these people get more than one chance? I understand that there’s always a possibility that someone could be wrongfully convicted. However, with the new DNA technology, I feel the odds of wrongful conviction have changed drastically. Our laws should state if you hurt a child (for example: rape, murder or molest), you must be in prison forever. Period.

There should be no good behavior, no second chances and no reduced sentences. I am done with turning on the news and hearing these gut-wrenching stories. I’ve reached the point in my heart where I am going to start holding my law-making representatives fully accountable for these horrific crimes. At this point, the ball’s in their court.

Lori R. Anderson

Los Osos