Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 3/22

Count on Katcho

I am endorsing 4th District Supervisor Katcho Achadjian for the seat being vacated by Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee.

Katcho’s efforts have benefited more than just Nipomo, and his accomplishments are numerous. He has:

Other candidates have good intentions; Katcho has proven he can deliver.

Mike Winn


Particle dangers

In response to “Bare knuckles dust-up over the Dunes” (March 14): I hope the Board of Supervisors and public stay focused on the real issue here. The health of thousands of residents is in danger.

The American Lung Association clearly states the risk: “Short-term exposure to particle pollution can kill. Peaks or spikes in particle pollution can last for hours to days.

Deaths can occur on the very day that particle levels are high or within one to two months afterward. Particle pollution does not just make people die a few days earlier than they might otherwise — these are deaths that would not have occurred if the air were cleaner.”

According to the county Air Pollution Control District report, the standards were exceeded 25 percent of the days studied.

That means about 90 days a year, residents need to avoid breathing this air and watch for health problems up to two months following these dates.

If you live on the Nipomo Mesa, I urge you to communicate with your elected representatives about this issue. If you have health issues that may be attributed to or worsened by the particle pollution, it is even more important to act now.

If you can attend the Air Pollution Control District meeting Wednesday, do so. I’ll see you there.

Rachelle Toti

Arroyo Grande

Income vs. wildlife

Regarding The Tribune’s editorial on bear hunts (“No bear hunting without local hearing,” Feb. 9): The California Department of Fish and Game seems to consider itself above reproach. It acknowledges there are those who protest the bear hunt, but it does nothing about it.

It’s the same with brant geese hunting in Morro Bay. So many protest this action, and Fish and Game does nothing about it.

It seems that the income from a few hunting licenses far outweighs anything else, including public opinion.

It is interesting that the mission statement of the Fish and Game is, in summary, to manage natural resources for the benefit of the public. It would sure be appreciated if the department would honor its own mission statement.

Robert R. Lyon

Morro Bay

Dog-search thanks

I wish to thank all the wonderful people in San Miguel, Bradley, San Ardo and King City who helped us look for our beautiful standard white poodle, Rusty. Unfortunately, he is deceased.

I especially want to thank Templeton Caltrans for all its help and encouragement. Also Shawn Chapman, who I called every day for a week. Her caring advice helped so much in our hunt for Rusty.

Thanks to Caltrans and most of the CHP officers who tried to catch him.

Please, no more Caltrans jokes — the drivers who tried to capture Rusty were wonderful!

Thanks also to the superintendent of San Ardo Union Elementary, Carlos Vega, who went out of his way to help our multiple-day search there.

We can’t thank all of you enough.

Joan & Howard Scholz

San Luis Obispo

Help is available

Steven Smith, who allegedly shot a pregnant woman three times at her Paso Robles home on Nov. 6, 2009, had his bail lowered from $1 million to $250,000 on March 4, allowing him to bail out of jail. Smith has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted premeditated murder of the woman, attempted premeditated murder of an unborn child and burglary along with enhancements for using a firearm.

The North County Women’s Shelter and Resource Center received several calls this week about Smith’s release. The callers were extremely concerned and did not understand why Smith’s bail was reduced. We at the center share these concerns and want to remind the community of our services for victims of domestic violence and their families. We offer a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, legal support for temporary restraining orders, referrals and counseling.

One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. On average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in this country every day.

If you or someone you care about is being abused, please call the North County Women’s Shelter and Resource Center at 461-1338 for help. All services are free of charge and confidential.

Jennifer Adams

Executive director, North County Women’s Shelter and Resource Center

Prius software bug?

Recently, The Tribune ran a story saying Toyota engineers ran tests on that Prius from San Diego that raced away at up to 94 mph, and they couldn’t replicate the problem (“Toyota not buying runaway Prius story,” March 16). They said that when they got up to high speed and pushed very hard on the brake that the brake-override system kicked in and stopped the car, just as intended. They claimed that an electronics failure would be consistent once it occurred.

However, has Toyota ever heard of something called software and something called a software bug? A bug might only occur when many different preconditions all happen in a certain order and would not occur if only a few of those conditions exist.

If Toyota truly understood software, maybe they could find this. And if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had more than one software engineer out of 125 engineers in their test group, then maybe they could find this. With up to 50 microprocessors in a luxury automobile and maybe a million lines of software connecting all of these to hundreds of sensors, you can probably never get 100 percent of the bugs out of the software.

Wendell Shultz

Arroyo Grande

Football rescued

My family and I were in Morro Bay in January. My son and I decided to go to Morro Bay Park to throw the football. After a short time, I accidentally threw it into a large pine tree, and it did not come out. Despite my best attempts to shake it free from where it was lodged, I could not. My son was heartbroken, as this was his favorite toy football.

The next day, I went to the local stores for breakfast and on the way back drove past the park. I noticed something that looked like the ball sitting on the ground near the picnic benches. Could it be? No way. I stopped and walked over and, sure enough, it was his Raiders football.

I don’t know if someone saw us lose it up there and retrieved it later or the afternoon winds blew it out of the tree, but the result is that my son is happy once again with his toy football.

My sincerest thanks to whomever may have found it. I know there are still good, caring people, and some of them live in Morro Bay, a place we love dearly.

Jim Duino


What about car dust?

I wonder if your readers who are concerned about air pollution from the Oceano Dunes have considered how much dust particles are kicked up into the air by motor vehicles.

Those of us who live east of Elm Street in Arroyo Grande probably get just as much, if not more, dangerous air pollution pushed our way by the prevailing ocean winds. Motor vehicles cause this by driving over our streets.

Has any study looked into this?

Myron May

Arroyo Grande