Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 7/14

Protect open space

As a soccer Grandma, I know how much the Damon-Garcia Sports Fields mean to our youth. In an age of increasing obesity, diabetes and asthma, we need to encourage healthy lifestyles.

Unfortunately, the city’s proposed “northern alignment” for Prado Road does the opposite, transforming acres of the Damon-Garcia site into a four-lane truck route with a bridge over Acacia Creek.

Citizens dedicated to Saving Our Sports Fields have qualified an initiative for the November ballot that will require the city to consider alternatives, such as moving truck traffic more logically through a truck route from Prado Road via an extension of Santa Fe Road to Tank Farm Road and onto Broad Street. The acres would be left for recreation, as was the intent of the purchase.

I urge the city to invite citizens on site and stake their plan so we can imagine the noise and smell for families sitting a few feet away cheering kids as they exercise their lungs out, downwind of diesel trucks idling at the new signal. The initiative supports health and safety of children and ultimately, tourism and business by protecting our beautiful city’s open space recreation.

Rosemary Wilvert

San Luis Obispo

Doesn’t add up

Regarding The Tribune editorial on July 4, titled “Hearst Castle, state parks need Prop. 21 funding:”

Your editorial opinion and support regarding the proposed Proposition 21 funding is without merit. Generating $500 million annually for park funding through Proposition 21 and asserting it is needed (in part) for Hearst Castle is totally misleading.

Hearst Castle’s own numbers document the funding is not needed. Let’s do the math. Admission to Hearst Castle is $24 and last year’s reported numbers documented 646,000 people visited Hearst Castle. That’s a whopping $15.5 million per year. What do they do with all that money?

It’s time to wake up and smell the flowers (or cash, as it relates to this matter). Let’s let the people who use Hearst Castle pay for it. California’s problem is not its lack of funds. Its problem is its expenditure of taxpayers’ dollars. The taxpayers will no longer blindly pass tax initiatives when the numbers don’t add up!

Frank Skrah

Morro Bay

Read the documents

Independence Day is celebrated annually with parades and fireworks, but how many celebrants have actually read the Declaration of Independence? For that matter, how many of our elected officials in Washington, D.C. have read it?

I recommend that our elected officials do read it, to refresh their memories of what caused the revolt against the tyrannical practices of the King of England. Perhaps they should also read the Constitution. It may help them understand their respective roles.

They might actually put two and two together and realize the similarities between 1776 and today. But I doubt they will, because in Washington, D.C., two plus two results in some complex value that would boggle the mind of a first-grade math teacher.

John Conforti

San Luis Obispo

Think in November

I agree with Gerald Manata’s letter to the editor and his thoughts that Congress unfortunately reflects our society (“Congress reflects us,” July 10). It made me think.

In view of the negative election campaigns that are increasing, people should remember one fact: The candidates who throw the most mud end up with the dirtiest hands and probably have the most to hide. There are two “ladies” who fit into this category quite nicely. Think carefully when voting in November.

June Wright

Los Osos

A great event

Imagine my surprise on a recent Saturday afternoon as I returned home (located only yards from Morro Bay Boulevard and Main Street) to see that the Morro Bay Farmers Market appeared much more populated than normal.

I experienced even more surprise a few minutes later when a great blues band fired up. Hey, I love blues. However, what I was most surprised by were the missing elements: unruly drunks and nary a speck of trash littering our streets.

How did such a great event happen with such calm and cleanliness?

Kudos to those who are willing to work their tails off for our city’s benefit.

I, for one, hope the outdoor music becomes a monthly occurrence in our community, and I feel we owe a big thank you to Pat and Suzanne at Top Dog Coffee Bar for hosting the music and helping to make Farmers Market such a great event.

Christian Hesch

Morro Bay

Sign here, please

I couldn’t agree more with Bob Cuddy’s recent column about the negative campaigning coming from the Sam Blakeslee and John Laird camps (“Senate race mudslinging needs to stop,” July 4). I would like to see the two candidates sign the following statement:

“My opponent, (name), is an honorable person.

He has held local and state elective offices and has many accomplishments. His election to the state Senate would not be a catastrophe or lead to Armageddon. By the same token, my background and experience make me very well qualified to serve.

During the remainder of this senatorial campaign, myself and those in my campaign will focus solely on my strengths and ideas for solving the state’s many problems. I fully trust in the voter’s ability and good judgment in deciding which of us is the best person to serve as the District’s next senator.”

Kent M. Taylor

San Luis Obispo

A simple solution

Stanley D. Schaffer, in his letter in the July 7 Tribune (“Do the job”), presented a most effective way of achieving an annual state budget. To briefly reiterate his article, if the California Legislature can’t get the job done within the prescribed time frame, they immediately lose their jobs and we elect new representatives that same year. 

What a wonderfully simplistic, yet highly effective way of ensuring the state has an operating budget. 

It removes biases, pet peeves, party squabbling and poor, unqualified, indecisive leaders. It places the onus of responsibility on those we elect to get the job done, or else. 

Schaffer, you’ve got my vote for governor and I’ll be glad to man a table in front of some store to gather signatures for this state proposition.

August Runte


What are we doing?

I read two articles in the July 4 Tribune, side by side. One was about the sale of surplus equipment in Iraq (“U.S. military’s junk becoming Iraqis’ treasure”). One of the people buying an item was disgusted that it had been used by the “invaders.”

The other article was about a sewer we were trying to build in an Iraqi city (“Sewer is a symptom of Iraq rebuilding troubles,” July 4). After $104 million, we have decided not to finish because of the “violence.”

Two articles, two comments about the continuing violence and disgust of the population in Iraq toward us. This is after the surge. Yet we are using the same “surge” model to achieve what in Afghanistan?

At the same time, two votes in Congress. One on extending unemployment benefits. It is voted down because the deficit is too high. The next vote is on funding the Iraq/Afghanistan war. It passes.

Have we, as a nation, taken leave of our senses?

Patrick Moloney

Los Osos

Lack of respect

To whomever removed the rainbow decorations from the Los Osos bear:

I understand your homophobic heteronormative need to exterminate anything gay. In fact, I was surprised the decorations lasted a whole two days. But I do not appreciate your lack of respect when it came to our belongings. 

When we put up the rainbow decorations in honor of San Luis Obispo’s Pride celebrations, we left the patriotic necklaces on the bear and removed the United States flags (since they interfered with our decorations), but secured them in the necklaces so that whoever put them there would be able to retrieve them. 

You, on the other hand, removed our belongings (but still left the patriotic necklaces on the bear) and took them. I would appreciate it (if you haven’t already thrown them in the trash) if you would return the flags and feather boas to the bear on South Bay Boulevard so that we can retrieve our belongings.

Jessi O’Cady

Morro Bay

Reason to consolidate

Congratulations to the Five Cities area for coordinating a completion of consolidation of fire protection services to lower costs. 

The estimated savings per city was up to $500,000 per year, depending on the city.  The area is sufficiently compact such that efficient services and citizen control will be maintained.

The higher the ratio of citizens served to employees, the lower the cost per property. Most officials would increase fees or taxes or cut services, which match the methods of Socialistic governments. It is a refreshing change from the property owner or his income being visualized as an ATM for every conceivable want of mankind.

This sets a reason for other communities in this county to consolidate.

Another example of consolidation is in Maywood, Calif., where the City Council decided to have a neighbor run its operations. This is why it is important to elect innovative officials who can “live within the budget,” implement contractual expertise and communicate effectively with the populace.

Werner Koch