Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 4/12

Government lauded

Marianna Hargrave, in her anti-government letter, “Just fish in a tank” (April 4), misses the fact that, in our society, many of the most worthwhile things we do are done by government.

This is how we defend the nation, keep our communities safe, support the aged, educate the young, provide

health care for the ill and assist to the less able, etc. Just think what selfish, miserable creatures we would be without government.

Jesus showed us the way as he said to those in his kingdom, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me” (Matthew 25:35-36).

F. Stewart Thomson


Airport a lifeline

What is the value of Oceano County Airport to our Five Cities comminutes?

Fact is, the airport currently provides medical and emergency services. The county sheriff’s Aero Squadron provides donor organ transportation. Blood supplies are flown into Oceano airport in support of Arroyo Grande Hospital. CalStar flights provide medical patient transportation. California Highway Patrol uses the airport.

It is a fact that small rural airstrips, such as Oceano airport, provide major evacuation, medical, food, water and other life sustaining relief via general aviation aircraft and small airstrips.

Highway 101 and a few small back roads, provide ingress/egress to the Five Cities area.

In the unfortunate event of a major disaster, these land arteries could become heavily congested or closed, rendering us landlocked.

With a major disaster and the possibility of losing highway access, Oceano Airport may become the lifeline to our community. This is exactly what occurred in Watsonville in 1989.

Mitch Latting

Grover Beach

My point is made

I would like to thank Laura J. Dickinson for so clearly making my point ( “Pitts’ point,” April 8). Although I did not title my letter on April 6 about Leonard Pitts Jr. as “His liberal side” (I had titled it “Pitts falls short”), she has definitely shown hers by lambasting me for my comments.

In my letter, I did not call Pitts any names; in fact, I agreed with his article. I was just pointing out that he did not give Bill O’Reilly’s humanitarian gesture any credit because they are on opposite political poles. On the other hand, Dickinson chose to refer to O’Reilly as a “bozo TV commentator” and his gesture as a “publicity stunt.”

Nearly 40 years ago, I registered as a nonpartisan— now called independent — and have remained such.

I espouse no political affiliation and made my comments based on my observation, not on politics. I have voted on both sides of the ticket all my adult life, voting for the person, not the party. Dickinson’s words show me how she chooses to vote.

Incidentally, had Michael Moore, Chris Matthews or even Keith Olbermann offered to pay the Snyder’s costs, I would have considered that a humanitarian gesture as well, but I won’t hold my breath.

Adrian M. Hurtado


Endorsing Cortez

We are proudly endorsing Joe Cortez for San Luis Obispo County sheriff.

We have known Joe in both a professional and personal capacity and believe he would be an outstanding county sheriff.

Terry was a member of the Pismo Beach City Council when Joe Cortez was selected for chief of police from among many fine applicants.

He stood out as an excellent candidate and was an even better police chief. He displayed integrity and honesty, and he earned respect from his fellow officers.

Cortez provided his police force with leadership education, career advancement training and state-of-the-art equipment.

He is well liked and respected by those he serves and protects.

In all our dealings, we have found Cortez to have an accurate knowledge of and responsiveness to community needs and an appreciation for diverse opinions.

As residents of the community, we were able to see firsthand that his leadership enhanced the safety and security of city residents.

We urge all San Luis Obispo County voters to support Cortez for sheriff of San Luis Obispo County in the upcoming election!

Terry and Paul Henlin

Arroyo Grande