Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 6/24

Rate of consumption

As Americans watch the unfolding oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, they seem upset with everything from BP to President Barack Obama, but virtually never do they point fingers at themselves.

I would like to provide one simple perspective on how our addiction to oil compares to the Gulf spill. Remember that even George W. Bush once said we were oil addicts; we are the real problem.

According to the latest United States Energy Information Administration figures, Americans consumed an average of 18,528,000 barrels of oil per day in January 2010, the latest figure available, down from an average daily consumption of 20,680,000 barrels per day in 2007.

If we use one estimate of oil now in the Gulf of Mexico from the BP spill, it is around 100 million gallons. If we ask how that compares to our consumption of oil, the answer is this: It represents just over three hours worth at the January 2010 rate. How could that be? The answer is barrels versus gallons. In January 2010, we were consuming 772,000 barrels per hour, which is 32,424,000 gallons per hour.

Gary Peters

Paso Robles

French FIFA failure

At 64 years old, I never thought that I would be so ashamed of being French, but after watching my so-called countrymen play in the FIFA World Cup, I would welcome being a North Korean.

Next time I want to see such baboonery, I will rent a Laurel and Hardy DVD!

I sincerely hope the team can find a country to take them, because I doubt very much France wants them back.

I know where I would like to put my “foot,” and I can assure you, it would be dead-on!

Claude Durand-Thurston

Grover Beach

Lying words

How to make sure you become a liar: End a statement with the words: “So that this will never happen again.”

Jack McLaughlin

Paso Robles

Where was outrage?

It is very puzzling to me. The vociferous “tea party” crowds are now screaming about the federal government backing programs that they see as wasteful spending.

They cry about saddling our grandchildren with the bills. They insist that the federal government is too big, but they want their pet programs (Medicare, Social Security) protected.

We had a $230 billion surplus in 2000 when George W. Bush was installed in the Oval Office. During his eight disastrous years, he started two illegal wars and spent money we did not have. He ended his “service to our country” with a $454.8 billion deficit as his parting gift.

Where were the watchdog “tea partiers” during those eight years? Where was their outrage? Do they really think our current crisis was caused by a president who has been in office less than two years? It simply boggles the mind.

Mary Ross


Thanks for support

I would like to thank everyone who supported me in the recent June primary election.

Like many other small communities across America, Morro Bay is facing serious issues. To move forward and make Morro Bay a better place to live and visit, hard work, creative thinking, teamwork and strong leadership will be required.

If elected, I promise the citizens of Morro Bay an honest and complete effort in tackling the issues we are facing. Enjoy your summer!

Jack Smith

Candidate for Morro Bay City Council

End talk of ban

According to the testimony state experts presented before the Air Pollution Control District, David Georgi does not “have it straight” regarding dune crust at Oceano (“Dunes inaction,” June 13).

The state revealed the Phase 2 study used high-desert Owens Dry Lake soda crust studies to quantify alleged retention effects of dune crust. As entirely dissimilar materials, there is no comparison.

State experts also noted Phase 2 featured a 12-month study containing 13 months of collected data, misapplied formulas and basic math errors. All affected the study’s conclusions.

With the errors corrected, it appears off-highway vehicle operation may result in just “One-tenth of 1 percent of the reported PM10 pollution,” the balance resulting from “high wind events.” Study data did not associate off-highway vehicle operation with high levels of PM10 pollution.

Offering to fully fund and staff both mitigation and monitoring efforts, off-highway vehicle department head Phil Jenkins stated the department is “not doing so in the belief that off-highway vehicle operation is behind the high pollution levels.”

Clearly it is time to end all talk of “banning off-highway vehicles” or “closing the state vehicle recreation area” when discussing Nipomo Mesa pollution. Closure will not reduce PM10.

Bradley Zane


Fuel tax drain

The California Legislature should not give the off-highway vehicle division of state Parks and Recreation another dime. While it asks us to support state parks, it fails to mention its rich little fossil-fuel-burning, environment-destroying, public-health-threatening, carnage-and-nuisance division: the Off-Highway Vehicle Division.

How can the Legislature, in these hard times, fail to notice that the Off-Highway Vehicle Division skims $65 million a year from our fuel tax that should be going to cities, counties and road maintenance?

The scandalous Chappie-Z’berg legislation in the 1970s cooked up this fuel tax scam in Sacramento to provide the off-highway vehicle industry with places for its products, like the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. The Legislature should stop hiding this information from the public and stop cozying up.

Nell Langford

Pismo Beach

Driving moratorium

Off-roaders and campers on our beaches and dunes do not bring to our community as much money as the off-road industry and state bureaucrats make us believe. Most tourists camping on the beach eat inexpensive food usually brought from home or bought at big local grocery stores.

One trailer parked on the beach might accommodate more than one family for a modest fee of $10 per night. A hotel around here might charge, for two or three nights, up to $500 or $600. Camping on Oceano Beach is much cheaper.

A $10 campsite allows a vehicle and up to eight people. A thousand vehicles per night could mean up to 8,000 people spending no more than $10,000 for sleeping. The fees go to the state and selected off-road businesses who rent big toys for big money, while the rest of us idiots have to pay for fire trucks, ambulances, hospitals, cleanups and, worst of all, have to breathe their dust.

A moratorium on driving on our beach and dunes would certainly result in less tourists altogether in our area, but more of them would be sleeping in hotels and eating at restaurants, bringing in more money for everyone, not just for the off-road magnates and the state.

Lucia Casalinuovo