Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 4/5

Development guilt

Regarding “SLO Council OK’s plan to develop Orcutt Area” (March 3), a development plan that could lead to nearly 1,000 new homes on the southern end of San Luis Obispo: Great! A thousand houses worth of sprawl, smog, traffic, congestion and compromised resources. When is it going to end?

Why can’t we live in an underdeveloped/underpopulated town? During my numerous travels outside of the county, I am invariably caught in traffic in some random town, during which, I always have the thought: “Before politicians and developers got a hold of this town, it must have been a nice place to live.”

Do politicians and developers ever feel remorse or guilt for their actions? Do they ever feel bad for the folks whose neighborhoods have been infilled? Now the residents are no longer allowed to sleep at night due to the increase in noise. Plus, those folks have lost their privacy and parking.

Do the politicians and developers feel any shame that their children and grandchildren have lost a valuable resource because the politicians and developers insisted on paving over farm land with sprawl? Or is it a matter of all being right in their eyes as long as the dollar signs are lining up?

G.R. Flores

San Luis Obispo

Student loan math

The article in the March 31 newspaper titled “Law takes out middlemen in student loans” states that the government will become the issuer of student loans versus providing a subsidy to private banks to protect against defaults.

More Pell Grants will be awarded to students and at larger amounts, repayment amounts will be lowered, balances remaining after 20 years will be forgiven (instead of the current 25 years), public service workers will have debt forgiven after 10 years of the lower repayments and community colleges will receive $2 billion over the next four years for a competitive grant program.

I guess the assumption is there will be no defaults as all of the above will save $68 billion over the next 11 years. Those of us in the lower third of the class have trouble with this new math! Plus, last I heard, the Department of Veterans Affairs is behind in keeping up with the college assist payments for veterans. Good luck, students and taxpayers.

Dave Frayer


Back of the line

Almost daily, I see on TV and read in the newspaper about one politician or another supporting the “back of the line” option in some immigration reform process.

I also support a “back of the line” policy. The difference between what I support and what our inept and bumbling politicians support is in the definition of “back of the line.” They do not define their “back of the line” policy, but here’s the definition of mine:

Our great country has many lines of immigrants from many countries wanting to get in. These lines start at the legal entry points of our borders. The backs of those lines are in the countries of those waiting to enter.

So, to all the immigrants who are here illegally, it means you must return to your country of origin, willingly or through our deportation procedures, and get to the back of the line behind the honest citizens waiting patiently and legally for entry to our country.

Sounds simple to me. Any politician out there want to respond?

Ray Davis

Paso Robles

Time for Joe Cortez

As we move closer to the June primary election, it is imperative that voters in San Luis Obispo County truly understand the importance of the position of sheriff.

The sheriff serves as the people’s law enforcement representative and the chief law enforcement officer of the county. This vital office requires proven experience, documented education and real leadership.

Joe Cortez is the only candidate that has actually served as chief of police and has a proven track record of success. Cortez knows the challenges he will face and is no newcomer at turning around organizations. No other candidate has these qualifications.

We represent a strong law enforcement family tradition, and we know what it takes to be a successful leader. Cortez is hands down our choice for sheriff. It’s time for change. ... It’s time for proven leadership. ... It’s time for Joe Cortez.

Deb Annibali

Arroyo Grande

Nicholson fundraiser

Trent Nicholson lived his life to the fullest despite being diagnosed with insulin dependent diabetes at age 4.

Ten years later, on March 25, Trent received his angel wings.

Several friends are holding a fundraiser for the family April 17 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Sylvester’s Burgers in Atascadero. Please come and enjoy some good food and show your support.

Jill Webb Urmy