Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 5/18

Traffic trouble

I am happy to see Target is coming our way. We have many great stores in our small community that make it easy for patrons to get what they need without going out of San Luis Obispo.

My concern is the impact traffic is going to have when there is just one lane at the Los Osos Valley Road off-ramp. This will not make me want to go to the stores if I have to sit in traffic trying to access them. Maybe I am missing something, but so far I don’t see any work being done other than repaving. Shouldn’t infrastructure be a consideration?

Susan Stern

Pismo Beach

The skills we learn

Julian Crocker’s five points of skills students have to learn are correct (“The skills our students need to succeed,” May 8). Every student in every school learns these skills.

The first skill I connect with from Crocker’s point is collaboration and team skills. I have been learning these skills as long as I can remember going to school. In every class, we practice these skills.

The second skill that I connect to is critical thinking and problem solving. I have learned critical thinking in English classes and from reading articles, essays, books, etc. I learn problem solving skills every day in class. For example, if I did the homework wrong, I have to fix it.

The biggest connection I noticed everyone had with Crocker’s viewpoint was with global and cultural awareness skills. Everyone knows how bad the economy is right now in the United States and that is because of topics we discuss in class. Students can understand the cultures of other countries by learning the language and by their interest in history around the world.

These points are not something new for students because students have learned them while going to school and learning from mistakes and opinions people have.

Josue Guerrero

Grade 11, Paso Robles High School

A grave disservice

The lead opinion of The Tribune in its “Bouquets and Brickbats” editorial is both outrageous and irresponsible (“Support of profiling law outrageous,” May 7).

To describe the recent law passed in Arizona as a “profiling law” is inflammatory nonsense. It’s difficult to believe that The Tribune has not researched the content of the law which specifically prohibits profiling.

On the other hand, if it has been researched, then this is a blatant example of the “big lie.” As written, the Arizona law closely parallels federal law in scope and intent — a law that our elected officials are loath to enforce, apparently for purely political reasons.

Controlling illegal immigration is one of the few activities legitimately required of the federal government. The populace of the nation favors Arizona’s action 2-to-1 (an IBD/TIPP poll reports that 60 percent are in favor, 30 percent oppose). You do a grave disservice to the local political candidates for castigating their support of it.

George Powers

Arroyo Grande