Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 4/25

Sent to the dump

Sadly, Bill Morem’s column (“Historical District standards run amok,” April 1) attempted satire to denigrate a valuable community effort to preserve its past.

Today is tomorrow’s history. What we do now can enhance or detract from our community’s tomorrows.

Why didn’t he walk with the ghost of San Luis Obispo past and wonder what happened to the homes and buildings of the community whose pedigree is older than any other municipality of its size in California?

Unfortunately, no time was taken to explore the San Luis Obispo razed and consigned to the dump in its pursuit of “progress.” No effort was made reviewing the endeavors of our civic ancestors to preserve the history we now enjoy.

Obviously, good will is not free from ridicule. A concocted vision of a “Cosmetic Regulation Unit” swooping down to penalize a homeowner for planting the wrong kind of pansy simply adds to the misinformation.

Rather than helping to understand a process to remember our past and protect responsible homeowners, the article belittles the effort as some sort of elitist attack on unsuspecting residents.

Now, maybe, we might read some news (based not on opinion) on the process to salvage some of today for tomorrow.

Joseph A. Carotenuti

San Luis Obispo

Freedom from smoke

A recent letter writer complained that San Luis Obispo’s law banning smoking on public sidewalks is an “Assault on freedoms,” (April 13). People who suffer from asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease feel that his contamination of the fresh air with his second-hand smoke is a definite assault on their freedom to walk down a sidewalk and breathe fresh air.

I detest the smell of cigarette and cigar smoke and I also resent feeling the constriction of my airway when it is assaulted by smoke from some stupid person’s cigar or cigarette.

One of our freedoms is the right to inflict damage on our own bodies by smoking, but in my opinion, nobody should have the freedom to inflict damage on others by polluting the air we all breathe.

Jean Rouff

Paso Robles

Paying to interfere

I just read an article about how the San Luis Obispo County airport decided it was tired of a local cab company, so they are not going to renew their permit.

Outdoor cigarette smoke, “unruly gatherings,” sand from sand dunes, farmers plowing “incorrectly.” Give me a break.

When did our whole lives become entangled with the wishes and whims of people who are supposed to work for us?

Twenty-one percent of the people in this county work for one government agency or another. Why do we have so many government employees that they have time for such nonsense?

And how much are we paying them to interfere in every little thing and then charge us for the “service?” Far more than most of us earn and that’s the truth.

Pam Silva

Arroyo Grande

Quota of thanks

Quota International of Morro Bay would like to thank all those who participated in and donated to our recent “Quota Cares Lock Up” in Morro Bay. All proceeds from this event will benefit children with speech and hearing difficulties at Camp Hapitok this summer.

Some of the funds will provide the children with a fun day at the beach in Morro Bay, including transportation, lunch, games and decorating and flying kites.

Special thanks go to Dan Reddell and David Owens, who graciously allowed us the use of their busy corner on Morro Bay Boulevard.

Rita McCallum

Past President, Quota International of Morro Bay

Good for baaarrrs

It was with great sadness that I read that there will be no bear hunting in the county (“State tables bear hunting proposal for county,” April 22). I’m not so sad for myself, but for the many hunters who were salivating at the chance to go out and “kill me a baarrr.”

I can just see them sitting around in their dens filled with mounted deer heads with glass eyes staring down and imagining how much fun this will be. Well, I’m sorry guys, but you’re just going to have to find yourselves some other fun diversion like tying a firecracker to your dogs tail and watching him scream in agony. That should brighten your day.

Patti Launders


Turn off the lights

I retired from the Marine Corps, moved to Arroyo Grande in 1973 and bought a home here. I have been paying taxes since then.

I recently read of the need the schools have for funds.

Since April 16, I have noticed that the security lights at the middle school on the hill north of Grand Avenue are on night and day.

Why? If security lights at all San Luis Obispo schools are left on in the daytime, that could seem to be a minor expense, but reducing electrical costs might pay for some books.

I think the county superintendent of schools should look into this. Will Julian Crocker look into this small problem?

Myron A. May

Arroyo Grande

Right to protest

I find it interesting how my liberal friends are so worried about the “inflaming” rhetoric of the tea party movement leading our country toward the path of violence. Bill Clinton recently warned of the slippery slope from “angry” anti-government rhetoric to violence like the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Of course, I am sure Clinton remembers the sometimes “hateful” rhetoric of certain participants in the anti-government demonstrations of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Fortunately, we all know that there were not any violent organizations spawned from this movement which would warrant discrediting its “noble” cause.

This must mean that the Weather Underground, Students for a Democratic Society and Symbionese Liberation Army, just to name a few, did not exist.

All kidding aside, I can only hope that liberal politicians and their media, so concerned about our civil liberties, would never indulge in such hypocritical tactics as linking tea party rhetoric to potential terrorist acts or organizations.

The first amendment of the Constitution guarantees the right of its citizens to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Tea partiers have the right to be angry and protest, just like the Vietnam war protesters did 40 years ago.

Norm Williams

Morro Bay

It’s biblical

Let me get this straight. The Obama plan is to take $500 million from Medicare to offset the cost of the new health care program. Now the Congressional Budget Office tells us that Medicare is broke. So, isn’t that like stealing from Peter to pay Peter?

Rex Thornhill

Paso Robles

Information available

At the April meeting of the Los Osos Community Services District, there were a number of public comments regarding the availability of the county’s response to the California Coastal Commission.

As a result of these comments, the district committed to making sure that the county’s response was more readily available to the public. The very next day, the district through Director Maria Kelly, requested a copy of that material and paid a deposit for copying costs. A week later, the county has finally completed the copying.

The hard copy is now available for review by the public at the Community Services District office located at 2122 Ninth St., Suite 102 in Los Osos. The district will also have the information available on its Web site. The district is committed to making all the information related to the wastewater project and our groundwater basin readily available to the public.

Marshall Ochylski

Los Osos Community Services District

What happened?

Where did San Luis Obispo go? I do not know, but it is not the welcoming, friendly place I grew up in. It is beautiful, but the beauty is lost due to the unfriendly, snobby feeling you get downtown.

When I was young, we had big celebrations. None was bigger than “Fiesta” — a two-hour parade with all the county bands, floats and followed by a barbecue and dancing at night.

Everyone came, everyone was involved and we all knew each other.

I’ve stopped going downtown. Unfriendly people with designer shades pass with their cell phones glued to their ear (and they will die much quicker from that than from a puff of smoke).

Interestingly, I go to any other town around and strike up a conversation and feel at home. So, in my opinion, you might as well start putting up billboards as you reach the city limits that say: “If you want to have fun, keep right on truckin’!”

Oh, and no whining when tax dollars go to Paso Robles, Avila Beach, Cambria, etc. because you did it to yourself and to this town!

Judy Dunlap

San Luis Obispo