Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 5/14

We share the blame

While the immediate blame for the oil spill off Louisiana lies with BP and perhaps lack of government oversight, it should be clear that much of the blame lies with us.

The world, and especially the United States, is hooked on cheap energy and apparently is willing to sanction any method for getting more. Thus each of us must share in the fundamental blame for this spill.

To drill wells off the coast cost tens of billions of dollars and the oil extracted only slows the decline in worldwide production but does not stop it. We can never become “energy independent” by just drilling, baby, drilling. Such a concept flies in the face of the usage data.

With some foresight (and starting decades ago) these monies would have been better spent on research and development of renewable sources of energy. If we don’t invest in renewables and (equally important) deal with population control, we are doomed to keep hunting for rarer, more expensive and environmentally harmful sources of energy until one day we sadly realize what we should have done and, because of our addiction to cheap energy, did not do.

Anthony Buffa

San Luis Obispo

Too much negativity

I will be glad when these elections are over. Too much negativity out there. Good luck California, your future needs all it can get. It’s high time we get it out there and fix the problem at the executive levels of government instead of cutting the small people out. Medi-Cal and schools are feeling the greed of Sacramento’s trickle down effect of budget cuts.

Let Arnold Schwarz-enegger know that we as a people are tired of getting shafted by lower level budget cuts. Start at the top and clear out the waste in government. Start putting California first instead of local pet projects. Get the infrastructure fix started and hire people to do it. Push our state economy back to the black and get out of the red.

On the subject of immigration, Arizona is all wrong with that unconstitutional law. Give illegal immigrants a chance to register without conviction before ousting them. If they do not comply within a certain time period, then they should leave the country voluntarily or be forcibly deported. Pulling someone over because of the color of their skin is wrong in this country. I grew up seeing segregationism and it’s not pretty.

Raymond C. Porter

Paso Robles

Refreshing weather

How refreshing to wake up in the morning on Sunday, find your newspaper on my driveway, and know that it will contain the only column in any newspaper by a meteorologist that is reliable.

John Lindsey’s passion for the mostly unpredict-able is infectious. I love the way that he blends the past’s extreme unbelievable wrath produced by weather with talks about the current situation, but letting you know that weather is in charge.

He is a humble expert, sharing his latest information, all the while keeping those that understand cautious without creating fear.

Thank you Lindsey for keeping an eye out for all of us on the Central Coast.

Tobias S. Brekke

San Luis Obispo

Keep counselor

A letter to Jim Hogeboom Superintendent of the Lucia Mar School District:

It has recently come to my attention that Kevin Anderson, a counselor at Arroyo Grande High School, has received a pink slip. I know the school district is in dire need of funds to meet its working budget, but the release of Anderson is not a move that you want to risk taking.

I don’t know if my daughter would have gotten into a four-year university if it weren’t for Anderson. This has nothing to do with her grades but has to do with the whole process of high school requirements, on-line classes, SAT prep and testing, college applications and enrollment. Anderson’s experience has helped us sift through the many, many details.

We’ve come to Anderson several times. His advice has been invaluable and his current position as head counselor has also been invaluable to us and, therefore, must be also to many other families. He loves his job, is dedicated to the success of his students and is loyal to Arroyo Grande High School and the school district. You must absolutely find a way to keep him working for you and us.

Julie Gavin

Pismo Beach

Selling a dream

Regarding the two recent letters to the editor concerning the Dalidio property: While the $70 million Dalidio overpass may have relieved some of the overcrowding on Los Osos Valley Road, it would have exacerbated the congestion on Los Osos Valley and Madonna roads, which is already an intersection in trouble.

As far as the cost of the Dalidio overpass, the majority of its funding was based on sales tax revenue. Plummeting sales tax revenue, which is now crippling the city, would have been compounded by this unnecessary overpass.

The city knows how to alleviate the congestion at Los Osos Valley Road and Highway 101 but will not do it, as that would make the Dalidio overpass obviously a waste of money.

Better to try and sell a dream.

Ernie Dalidio could sell his property at any time, but like all the landowners of large tracts, annexation to the city is the gold mine as taxpayer funds will be used to upgrade their profits.

Terry Mohan

San Luis Obispo

Name change?

I am really starting to wonder if your publication should be renamed to reflect the target group of subscribers you consistently write for in your news and editorials.

Recently, Joe Tarica wrote a column entitled, “Support for Arizona law is disgusting” (May 8). It was yet another example of distortion of facts by a left-winger meant to inflame the delusion of his buddies. The misinformation and lies he spread about “racial profiling” and conservative representatives was shameful.

I doubt many conservative folks even bother to read your paper anymore. It is only because I feel it is important to read as many points of view as possible before reaching an educated decision that I even bother to open it. However, I am constantly left shaking my head at the poor, poor choices of your editing to achieve a balanced publication and the lack of demand in citing sources from your writers.

If you can’t accomplish this task, consider changing your publication’s heading to read, “The Tribune: Newspaper of the Central Coast Liberal Loons.”

Brian Morrow

Cambria

Thanks from shelter

The North County Women’s Shelter and Resource Center would like to thank everyone who joined us for our gala event “From Black Tie to Jeans” at the Taft Barn on March 27.

Those in attendance enjoyed a delicious dinner, a silent and live auction, gambling and dancing. The evening would not have been possible without the support the community members that donated their time and services. Thank you for making this event so special and successful.

A special thank you to Vina Robles Winery, Kohl’s, Idlers, Eufloria, All-in-Fun Casino, the Knights of Columbus and the Paso Robles Optimist Club. This annual event is put on by the Friends of the North County Women’s Shelter and benefits North County families who are victims of domestic violence.

Nearly one in four women reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life. Last year, the North County Women’s Shelter and Resource Center provided shelter to 113 women and children who were fleeing domestic violence in their homes. We also provided counseling to more than 1,100 clients, more than 80 percent of whom were children. We thank you for supporting our efforts in ending domestic violence in our communities.

Jennifer Adams

Executive Director, North County Women’s Shelter and Resource Center

An American icon

Lena Horne was an American icon. Although I was only 6 years old at the time, I had the pleasure of meeting her. What a classy lady!

My father, the late actor Ricardo Montalban, worked with Horne on Broadway in 1958. The play was called “Jamaica,” with music by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg.

It had a fairly long run of about one year. Both actors were nominated that season for Tony Awards.

I recall my father receiving hate mail from bigoted fans. They were upset by a particular scene in which he, a white man, kissed Horne who was African-American. That was rather controversial, especially in the pre-civil rights era.

My father used to say that knowledge defeats prejudice. “If you get to know someone, regardless of the color of their skin, chances are you’ll like them. Trust me.”

Horne was a very likable and down-to-Earth person. Despite her having experienced the effects of discrimination, she enjoyed much success in her 60-plus-year show business career. In the process, she paved the way for countless current and future African-American artists.  

Vic Montalban

San Luis Obispo

Are we sheep?

Something is amiss when “diversity” means a choice of Harvard graduates for the Supreme Court nomination. The hubris in all Harvard graduates is evident and it is time to have real diversity. I want a grad-uate of some law school in Montana, Kansas, California or (horrors!) Arizona. 

Someone from “the people” who graduated Harvard? Get real. Give us someone who could at least pretend they don’t know what is best for the rest of us. 

The pity of it all is that we recognize the bias.

I have been trying for a month now to get someone to bet on the nomination. I said it would be a woman from Harvard. 

No takers. Why is that? Are we all sheep?

Lorenzo Lowe

Avila Beach

Choose wisely

Regarding how to vote in the upcoming election, I suggest the following:

Those running for office with the biggest signs and ads often have the most money and least qualifications. Those with the smallest signs and ads often have the least money and most qualifications. Choose wisely.

Dale Sutliff

San Luis Obispo

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