Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 6/21

Thanks for leadership

San Luis Obispo’s successful public art program falls under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Department and the leadership of Betsy Kiser, who will soon be retiring.

Public art is very bureaucratic — a foreign land and language for most artists. Public artists, however, must learn the language of requests for proposals and quotations and architectural review committees.

This process can be very intimidating for an artist, but under Kiser’s leadership, it became an opportunity for artist education and maturity. She has been instrumental in making the process fair and comprehensible.

Always accessible, she has been continually sensitive to the voice of the citizens and to the voice of the artists. We have witnessed her answering questions, clarifying criteria and offering suggestions with a creative approach.

Kiser’s legacy is that she is leaving a gift of cultural uniqueness and an opportunity for all to find pleasure and challenge through their encounter with public art, the people’s art. Thank you, Betsy, for your commitment and heart.

Ann Ream

Chairperson, ARTS Obispo Art in Public Places Committee

More votes needed

Many, many thanks to those of you who voted for me in the June primary. I truly appreciate the confidence you have shown in my ability to work for you. I promise to do my very best as we tackle the difficult decisions that face the Morro Bay City Council in the next few years.

In order to fulfill my promise, I will need your vote again in November. Please get behind our campaign one more time and support me, Nancy Johnson, for Morro Bay City Council.

If you have any questions about where I stand on any issue, please either call me at 772-3738 or e-mail me at nanj93442@yahoo.com.

Thank you again for your support.

Nancy E. Johnson

Morro Bay

Ducks crossing

On a recent afternoon after leaving work, I was headed down South Higuera Street on my way to Costco to get gas. Traffic was heavy at that time of day, but as I reached a few yards past Prado Road, traffic came to a halt.

Two gentlemen were stopping traffic in both directions as a mama duck decided to take her six babies across the street. They managed to get them across to the curb, but the babies couldn’t make the leap up.

I pulled over and watched the babies still waddling next to the curb and a gentleman on his cell phone from the tire store across the way trying to help out.

We managed to corral the babies and put a sweatshirt down so the ducklings could get over the curb. Mama continued through the divider with the guy on his cell phone guiding them into the tire store parking lot.

It was just nice to know that in our busy lives, people will stop what they are doing to lend a hand. I just wanted to thank those gentlemen who helped that mama duck and her babies cross a very busy street safely.

Keli Kolaczyk

Paso Robles

Be library’s friend

The Friends of the Nipomo Library will sponsor the second annual Friends’ Fair at the Nipomo Library on August 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will be used to help offset expenses not covered in the library budget, such as the children’s summer reading program.

The Friends are seeking vendors for this event. By renting a booth, authors, artists, crafters and local businesses will have an opportunity to display and sell their wares while at the same time give community support to our libraries.

For booth space rentals, call Adele Zelena at 929-3615 or download an application from the Friends’ website: www.FONL.net.

Eva Betz


Natural particles

In response to David Georgi’s letter (“Dune inaction,” June 14): That crust on the sand is called moisture, which the sun dries up. And that thing that blows is called wind. When sand is blowing in the wind, it blows tiny particles.

The particles can get so dense that a cloud of sand will form over the Dunes, so much so that you can’t even see the Dunes. You should know that — living in Shell Beach, you can see it! It is so dense, you can’t drive on the Dunes because you can’t see. You are sand blasted by — you guessed it — sand.

On just one of these windy days that happen frequently on the Dunes, there are more tiny sand particles that will blow (as has happened for thousands of years) than 100 years of vehicle traffic alone can cause.

That’s why we have such sandy, sandy soil. In fact, that’s how Dunes are formed! And I suspect the Board of Supervisors know this.

However, Georgi, perhaps you can tear down your house and start a movement to restore Shell Beach back to the beautiful natural bluff it used to be.

Michael Van Belleghem

Arroyo Grande

No shortage of oil

Oil companies and governments of the world have perpetrated the biggest fraud ever on the world. Western countries have been fed lies about the world running out of oil for years now.

There are differing opinions on the way petroleum is made. Most popular in the Soviet Union between the 1950s to 1980s, the Abiotic Theory suggests that petroleum is not a fossil fuel, but instead is continuously generated by natural processes in the Earth’s magma.

Both of these theories have been debated for more than 50 years, and neither has been proved, but one example in favor of the Abiotic Theory is that the Eugene Island oil reservoir has been refilling itself.

If it works for Russia, why not for us? Prior to World War II, Russia had very limited petroleum reserves. Today, it is one of the largest producers of petroleum.

Al Gore, his cronies and our government will be laughing all the way to the bank if they can convince people to accept their findings of global warming and the need to find alternative energy. Why have we not heard of this before? Cap and trade — what a joke! Just another way for them to dig into our pockets.

Let’s demand more from these culprits.

Joan Le Grand

Arroyo Grande