Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 7/11

Black cod program

Thanks for the story on Morro Bay’s fishermen (“Up from the depths,” July 4). I’m one of the Americans who didn’t know about black cod. Cal Poly’s community-supported fishery introduced me to it. Mark Tognazzini gave us some pointers on how to cook it and it’s delicious. The community-supported fishery has expanded my cooking and my appetite for fish.

The local community-supported fishery began delivering fish in June. It is a great way to enjoy fresh, local fish and support our local fishermen. It’s been wonderful. The fish is better than any I’ve ever eaten. I didn’t think I much liked fish, but this fresh, local fish is completely different.

I’ve already learned that fish isn’t just fish, the way meat doesn’t describe only beef, pork, lamb or chicken. The nuances of flavor, texture and appearance found in the fish are welcome additions to our table.

We were already members of Cal Poly’s community-supported agriculture program, reveling in a huge box of fragrant vegetables and fruits delivered fresh every week. It’s a great way to enjoy excellent local produce while supporting young farmers learning better ways to feed the world. Adding fish has been a great blessing.

Christine Heinrichs


A rare column to see

It is a rare thing to see a columnist in The Tribune writing about Israelis taking Palestinian land. I was pleasantly surprised recently to read Nicholas D. Kristof’s column (“In Israel, the noble vs. the ugly,” July 9) in which he referred to that contentious issue, writing about the Israelis who are trying to protect the Palestinians.

I have been critical of the editors of The Tribune for having writers whose weekly columns never mention the plight of the Palestinians. Perhaps its difficult to find a columnist who sympathizes with the Palestinians who have lost their land.

Ken Rice


Immigration laws good

Because a person chooses to want to protect the overall “health” of their nation doesn’t mean said person is a racist or an elitist or a NIMBY (or whatever the popular complaint is today that justifies illegal immigration).

I grew up in San Luis Obispo and spent five years working my way through much of college in the occupation of motel maid. It was a dirty job, but it taught me humility and pride. My co-workers were first generation immigrants from Mexico who honored their new country enough to enter it legally. They assimilated into their new home by learning English and became a welcome addition, not a separate part, of their new community.

The United States, in bending over backward so as to appear welcoming and tolerant no matter what, will reap what it sows. It’s not a gray line. This country “owes” no one a better life. Blanket acceptance has been the downfall of individual responsibility and it will be the downfall of this country.

When you quit asking people to meet standards, standards cease to exist. And that’s good for a country? Rationalizing the reasons it’s OK to break laws is good for a country? Really?

Jeri Luther


Homeless center support

I would like to applaud the many members of our community, our city and county agencies and our local churches for their herculean efforts to help our homeless population with the proposed Homeless Center.

Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County has been on the forefront by making a concerted effort to offer community meetings where citizens and hundreds of businesses were invited to give their input on the new center. Also, the county, city and the Airport Land Use Commission held public meetings where input was received from various groups and community members.

I have felt a real ground swell of support for this project and it humbles me to think that even in tough economic times, we have continued to pursue this most noble cause.

With the new center, children would have a place to go while their parents are at work. Medical and social services could be provided, along with career training. More beds will be available so families don’t have to be turned away.

How many of us or someone we know are only a couple of paychecks away from being homeless? Thank you for caring.

Kirt Collins

President of the Interfaith Coalition for the Homeless

Minor parties not covered

Bob Cuddy’s column continues to reinforce the voter’s misconceptions regarding elections by once more discussing only two of the four candidates on the ballot for the Senate seat (“Senate race mudslinging needs to stop,” July 4).

Of course, he is able to do this by focusing on something the other two are not doing, smearing their opponents. This has become par for the course of media coverage of campaigns. Find ways to discuss only the likely winners, thereby increasing their chances of being winners.

Does anyone else find this frightening? I do. It feels like the voters are being led to the polls by the media. It also feels like the media is influenced by the connections and campaign funds of the well-connected and well-funded who continue to win elections based on name recognition.

It feels like no one need bother to go up against the favored few attached to the two parties in power since voters will not see or hear about them unless they take the time to read the ballot start to finish and do their own research on the candidates not mentioned in the press or promoted by TV and radio ads.

Richard E. Venable

San Luis Obispo Libertarian Party

Let’s be clear on this

I’d like to help out Mark Sobowits (“A greedy mess,” July 8) as he’s a little unclear on just who cancelled unemployment benefits for millions of Americans and he needs some help focusing his justifiable outrage.

It wasn’t “our illustrious United States Senate” or “our government not working for us” or “our senators and representatives.” It was Republicans.

Specifically, nearly every Republican senator, plus Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson, who voted to make things even tougher for millions of Americans and to further cripple the economy.

So, Sobowits, with that sharpened focus, let’s make a slight adjustment to your call to action: “When we vote in November,” let’s “remember what our (Republican) senators have done,” vote every incumbent Republican out of office and make darn sure we don’t put any more in.

Joan Carter

Morro Bay

Be involved, learn

People have told me: “Gary, you are too involved in the city,” and that “you don’t know how, or when, to say ‘no’ ” when asked to help out.

Since 1973, I have been actively involved with Paso Robles youth all the way to the senior community and everywhere in between. I listen to the needs and concerns of our entire community.

By being involved as both an elected representative and a resident, we learn from all walks of life. I am proud of those dedicated to serving Toys for Tots to the Rides for Seniors, and those involved in the nonprofit community in Paso Robles.

Listening to the senior community, we learn what life’s lessons have taught. Our city’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders, with new ideas and concepts, only asking that we listen with an open mind to boundless possibilities. It is exciting to listen to our community and be involved.

“No” is not in my vocabulary. Listening to all points of view, even those that disagree, is a joy to me. Listening is the critical key to effective dialogue.

If our leaders would live to those principles and philosophies of others before themselves, our city would be in much better shape.

I listen — to you.

Gary Nemeth

Paso Robles City Council candidate

Santa Maria vs. SLO

San Luis Obispo residents seem to be very happy with where they live. And why shouldn’t they be?

My husband and I have visited nearly every mile of San Luis Obispo and have found it to be an ultra clean, safe city with residents taking pride in its beauty and amenities. Nearly every neighborhood is well maintained, and there is little graffiti or vandalism to be seen anywhere. San Luis Obispo has reason to be proud.

Contrast San Luis Obispo to Santa Maria and you will see what a difference 30 miles can make.

Much of the city has become a filthy and dangerous place, so much so that the FBI ranked it 132 on their 2009 most dangerous cities in America list. Those who are thinking of moving to the Santa Maria area because of affordable housing should look elsewhere.

And something tells me it’s only going to get a whole lot worse because our politicians no longer seem to care about its image.

Cathy Johnson

Santa Maria

Vote ‘yes’ on wine tax

This is to all those folks that enjoy a glass of wine for dinner. Wouldn’t that cabernet sauvignon or chardonnay taste even better if you knew that extra nickel you paid was going toward helping bail California out of debt?

Maybe it could be specified that the money be targeted toward rehiring teachers for our kids’ schools. I know there is huge opposition to this idea by the wine industry, but hey, who’s running this state, the liquor lobbyists or our spineless legislators?

Join the 80 percent of voters that approve this needed tax. Contact your representatives and demand that they rethink their opposition to a good idea.

Bonnie Wamsley

San Luis Obispo