Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 4/19

No feeding, please

I found the photo “A close encounter in Morro Bay” (April 5) very interesting as there are signs posted at the ocean side of Morro Rock and on the bay side at the Rock that clearly state to not feed the wildlife.

I regularly go to both these areas to read your newspaper. My guess is that there needs to be more signs along the stretch where cars park to enjoy the views.

Any time someone throws bread, Captain Crunch or anything to the birds, they go wild, and I might add there are ground squirrels who act the same way. Maybe a photo of the posted sign would be good.

Eleanor Wardean

Morro Bay

Thanks to dancers

Kudos to the dancing ladies of the Central Coast Follies. Not only do they donate their time and talent to raise money for Parkinson’s disease research, they also pay for and make their own costumes. In the last seven years, Central Coast Follies has donated a total of $158,000 to The Parkinson Alliance.

Award-winning designer Randal Sumabat designs and builds the fabulous feather costumes the dancers wear. This year, Sumabat designed 22 pieces for the October show called “Follies’ World Tour.” With music from many countries of the world, the costumes will reflect the native dress of each country showcased.

The ladies gather every day to trace patterns, pin, cut and sew. It is a group effort with Sumabat giving instructions and guiding the process. The dancers range in age from 50 to 80-plus and are a true inspiration to all. They epitomize the spirit of giving.

To pay for their costumes, the dancers hold a yearly Sidewalk Sale in the parking lot of the Edgewater Inn in Pismo Beach. This year’s sale is May 8 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come on out and support the efforts of these fabulous senior citizens and take home a bargain from the sale.

Mary Fahey

Pismo Beach

He wants to rule us

H.L. Mencken said that “the urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it.”

Signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act proves President Barack Obama’s “urge to rule it.”

He now has under his thumb one-sixth of the American economy plus the complete chunk of the student loan business (how did that get into a health care reform bill?). Pretty sneaky, huh? How many surprises are in that idiotic, ill-conceived, monstrous, job-killing piece of cr—, er, legislation?

Government tells us that Medicare is broke, and Obama says he’ll take $500 billion out of Medicare to help pay for the 32 million more people on his new entitlement program. How do you take $500 billion from nothing? The only way is to borrow the money or print more.

Either way, the funding goes into the deficit column that leads to a bleak future for our kids and, further, it gives the lie to Obama’s promise of not raising the deficit. All the funding is predicated upon unsubstantiated assumptions.

Rex Allen

Paso Robles

Stop the pollution

I find that the Oceano Dunes are a great place to roam and mob around with off-highway vehicles. But to tell you the truth, I like to breathe a lot more than doing such recreational activities.

Studies have shown that the high levels of dust being blown are polluting the Oceano residents’ air. It is considered a serious health hazard by the Air Pollution Control District. An easy solution to this is limiting the number of users each weekend or simply closing the Dunes down for good.

As someone who loves the beach and the environment, I hope everyone realizes that the beach isn’t the only option for off-road vehicles. Many people do not realize what these off-road vehicles are doing. It’s time to stop the pollution and enjoy the majestic beauty of the beach.

Parker Patterson


Why the Rotunda?

I note with some concern that the federal government, the city of Atascadero and the California Cultural and Historical Endowment are investing $43 million into the retrofit of the Rotunda (“Rebuffed Rotunda set for retrofit,” April 11). Why, and for what reasonably grounded purpose?

I daresay that any banker would quickly escort you to the door when the outcome is to preserve only a part of the city’s structural history. Truly a horrible investment, especially in this depressed economy. Think, but for a moment, how that money could keep teachers employed, provide for the homeless and unemployed and a whole host of other more pressing social issues that people now so desperately need.

Put this one to a vote to the citizens of Atascadero, and I would almost guarantee you the outcome.

August Runte