Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 5/11

Speedway wanted

Landon Carter, you can complain about the smell when you have nowhere else to play (“Smelly fields,” May 6).

I say turn the field into an oval dirt track for speedway motorcycles, a sport with nowhere to race in the county.

We will not care about the smell, we will pay more to ride and we will add to the economy with bike sales, clothing and fuel.

However, our sport does lack steroid use, tobacco spit and overpaid, scandal-riddled “heroes.” Speedway also has a real world championship.

A family-friendly, tough sport that entertains, creates jobs, demands personal responsibility and rewards team work. For those who know the sport also know the smell of the bikes will sweeten the neighborhood stench.

Malcolm Roe


A basic right

The recognition that a country is truly working to ensure that all of its citizens will be able to enjoy a rewarding life is its educational system. The ancient Greeks understood this and established a viable educational program.

We in the United States, however, have tied our educational program into a financial Gordian knot with the result that millions are denied an adequate chance to better themselves through our schools. We also failed to understand that there is a direct connection between an increase in crime and the neglect of our schools.

Classes of thirty or more students certainly are creating the scenario for failure leading to high dropouts and increase in neighborhood gangs.

One solution is to increase taxes on a sliding scale to ensure a functional educational program that will meet the needs of every child.

Another approach would be to develop a national school system that would ensure equal funding for all schools. This would mean that school boards would be removed and closer ties between districts, counties, states and the nation would be made.

Education is a basic right and must be made available free of charge for all; our country depends upon it!

W.R. Cole

Arroyo Grande

Track coverage

As a track coach at J.F.K. High School in Sacramento, I relied on The Sacramento Bee coverage of track results to plan strategy and motivate my team. Not only were results published for first through fifth place, there was also a once a month update on county and state best marks for the first five places.

To The Tribune, track and field is an Olympic year sport. Had it not been for Jordan Hasay, track statistics would be a secret in San Luis Obispo County. It has not always been that way. When I was a high school track athlete at San Luis Obispo High School, although rarely a winner, I could always count on finding my name on The Tribune sports page for my third-or fourth-place finish.

The teams in this county have posted some print-worthy marks and deserve a little attention. Baseball isn’t the only sport in the Spring. We have some world champions from San Luis Obispo County. Let your subscribers know how good they are.

Wayne Roberts