Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 6/16

Join in protest

To anyone who feels outrage and frustration regarding the disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico and the shorelines surrounding it, please join me and many other Central Coast residents at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 26 at Morro Rock or Avila Beach for Hands Across The Sand, an internationally coordinated effort to demonstrate our solidarity against offshore oil drilling and for timely development and implementation of renewable energy. Go to HandsAcrossTheSand.org for more information.

Genevieve Holloway

Morro Bay

Self-fixing problem

I just read an amazing set of statistics: the estimated number of children per woman in Mexico has dropped from 6.7 in 1970 to about 2.1 today, which is just about the replacement rate for a stable population. You can read the complete article by Arian Campo-Flores in the May 28 Newsweek.

This remarkable trend, one of the steepest declines in human history, has been noted in journals since at least 2005 but has played little role in the current heated debate over illegal immigration that has reached the boiling point with the passage of Arizona’s immigration law.

The implications of this decline have not been widely discussed. One very possible result is that Mexico may soon be producing more jobs than they can fill from the available work force, thereby reducing a major stimulus for illegal migration into the United States.

Many of the current expensive and divisive anti-immigration measures like fence building or racial profiling may be belated reactions to a situation that will rapidly resolve itself.

Norman Scott


Blemish on park

There’s a bee in my bonnet. As an entrepreneur, I appreciate endeavors that provide commerce and opportunity for the community.

However, I must voice my objection about the recent addition to Atascadero Lake Park. Recently, I saw the scale warship submarine at our lake park. I asked a half dozen or so people what they thought and none thought it was a good thing.

To me, the sight of an overbearing, industrial weapon of war, painted gray with a cannon, is a blemish to Atascadero Lake Park as well as the image of the city of Atascadero. It’s a bad statement the community is sending to tourists and outsiders, not to mention the bad energy it brings to the regular visitors of the lake.

I urge the citizens of Atascadero to speak up and urge our Parks and Recreation commissioners and City Council to remove this replica warship from lake park. It’s out of character and we must be diligent about what we want our children to fantasize about.

Greg Barbour


Hard to tell apart

Bill Morem and Bob Cuddy look too much alike in their column photos. This is my only complaint. Their columns are wonderful, funny and so perspicacious — deeply cool.

Evelyn Cole

Arroyo Grande

‘On-call’ Congress

The failure of Congress to perform its duties in an efficient manner is outrageous. Congress has taken Memorial Day leave without addressing the 21 percent Medicare pay reduction to physicians that took effect June 1.

When physicians are “on-call” for their patients, it would be considered unethical to go home with serious business left to be handled. As a solo practice, primary care doctor in San Luis Obispo, 70 to 75 percent of my visits are with Medicare patients.

Any disruption in my Medicare reimbursement is seriously disruptive to the management of my practice. Congress is “on-call” for this issue and has abandoned physicians and seniors for the third time this year.

Seniors, please write your Congress people and tell them to answer their “pager” and get busy doing their job. This pay reduction needs to be addressed immediately to maintain seniors’ access to primary care physicians in our county. A 21 percent pay reduction would likely severely limit Medicare patients access to primary care physicians.

This is the third time this year Congress has allowed a deadline to pass on this issue, and they need to get an earful about allowing deadlines they set for themselves lapse.

Stephen A. Hilty

San Luis Obispo

Morro Bay turnout

Regarding The Tribune’s “biggest question mark” lament in its editorial that Morro Bay did not eliminate any candidates for City Council with its primary election (“Winners, losers, head scratchers,” June 10):

A brickbat for you. The fact that the field was not narrowed was happenstance because there were only four candidates for two seats. Had there been more candidates (last election we had eight), there would have been a narrowing of the field.

And despite the field of four, one candidate, Nancy Johnson, was only 99 votes shy of being elected outright.

As for our mayor, if there were no primary, we’d now have a mayor who received only 35 percent of the vote. All three other candidates were business-friendly, progressive thinkers.

Lastly, and most importantly, the voter turnout in Morro Bay was the best in the county by a wide margin. Eight percent higher (53 percent versus 45 percent) as of this writing.

The Morro Bay primary is going to result in a new City Council majority elected by majority vote by an engaged electorate. No question mark about that. The real question is: When will the other cities in the county get with Morro Bay’s program?

John Barta

Morro Bay

Crumbling streets

Has anyone else noticed the condition of our streets in Paso Robles? I live off Rambouillet Road, and they are down to the rocks! No pavement on top of those.

Last week, the city painted the “stop” words and crosswalks (interesting timing since school just got out for the summer). The potholes keep getting filled up and reappear there again in a week.

I have lived here more than 30 years and can never remember the streets being in such poor condition. Some priorities need to be set and the streets need some attention desperately! Deferred maintenance is going to cost a lot more as the streets deteriorate.

Nancy Hendershot

Paso Robles