Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 5/4

Low-risk pigs

After a pleasant Easter Sunday hike on the Johnson Ranch property, I was amused to read The Tribune Viewpoint of April 15 that we had been exposed to such dangers as wild pig attacks (“Be aware of hiking hazards,” April 15). We saw no pigs but were watched by several cows, peacefully munching the lush grass in a very bucolic setting. The greater threat here is to the cows from unleashed dogs. Mountain bikers were also present but shared the trail with consideration.

While pig attack fatality statistics are hard to find, there are 35,000 traffic fatalities each year. The risk of driving to the Johnson Ranch trailhead is greater than that of attack by wild pigs. It is sad to spread the fear of experiencing nature in such a peaceful setting with the use of a single anecdotal incident.

Ken Shamordola


Never enough

The Tribune’s editorial on April 20 gave the appearance of support for an “additional” parcel levy to help keep the sports, music and drama programs in schools (“For the sake of students, consider tax”).

Isn’t there a parcel levy in existence already? In the years of living here, my property and sales taxes have never gone down. In 32 years of voting, I can’t think of a single election where some bond or levy was not on the ballot, and more times then not, it passed.

Where does it all go?

And still it’s never enough.

It’s sickening, the greed of America. Power, control and money corrupt, and public education is no exception. Public education is one example of us decaying from within.

Things cannot continue to operate with the current state of mind. We are at a dangerous teetering point between the balance of public versus private sector regarding jobs.

How many of the children coming out of the schools today will actually be paying taxes or even working in the private sector to support all this public largesse?

The business of America is business in the private sector, not the public. You go back to this and education will benefit as well.

Ken Sutliff


Ticket bikers

In response to Roger D. Barnes’ March 25 letter about the cyclists running stop signs: As an avid cyclist I want to say that I agree with Mr. Barnes completely.

I believe many, if not most, cyclists are not aware of the laws they are supposed to follow. I have encountered cyclists doing the same thing while I was driving my truck. When I ride, I enjoy the cardio of starting and stopping at the stop signs with sprints in between.

If I want a ride without stops, I find a country road where I can do so. The cyclists Roger referred to are not helping to improve the relationship between drivers and cyclists. I wish law enforcement would begin doing something in the way of warnings and writing tickets when a third violation occurs.

Fred Gaalswyk

Grover Beach