Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 8/12

War is not fair

I read so often that people are aghast at the stories and images of war. Some say the violence of war is unfair. Get over it!

Wars generally start when an unfairness has already occurred. War is not a game of cards. Get with the program and stop voting criminals into positions of power that the people cannot oversee or stop.

Jeffrey Lockwood

Paso Robles

Warming is real

Don Asquith’s letter hit the mark (“Climate is changing,” July 30). Global warming is real. It can’t be stopped. Earth is getting warmer because its current ice age of 20 million years ago is ending.

Science suggests that at times, Earth’s average temperatures were much higher than they are now, with no ice anywhere on the planet. The last ice ages have created much lower temperatures with an abundance of ice covering the world.

What caused these ice ages? Changes in Earth’s distance from the sun, fluctuations in the sun’s energy output, and movements of the tectonic plates caused Earth’s temperature changes and ice ages.

Earth’s tectonic plates affect carbon dioxide levels because active volcanoes release carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has an impact on global temperatures. This gas reduces the radiation of energy from Earth. Falls and rises in carbon dioxide levels are factors in starting and ending ice ages.

At what percentage, if any, are we 7 billion humans on Earth contributing toward global warming?

I think we humans will self-evaporate before Earth gets warm enough for us to agree to do anything about the carbon dioxide levels on a global level.

Wallace McCray

Morro Bay


Politician shenanigans are not limited to Washington, D.C. For instance:

Abel Maldonado wouldn’t talk about the cost to the taxpayers in his district for the special election that would be needed to fill his seat if he took the appointment as lieutenant governor because he was too busy “working on the budget.” However, when his family’s tax evasion issue came out, he suddenly had time to visit the Gulf states to inspect the oil spill.

Sam Blakeslee kept a low profile during the oil spill, only broadcasting negative ads about his opponent. He also was too busy “working on the budget” to participate in a debate with his three opponents. 

Recently, however, he has come out and is running an ad about how he has also been an educator and how much he did for education in this state. Very low-key.

And then we have our governor. He was so busy “working on the budget” that he barely had time to make a movie with his two pals, Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone.

Schwarzenegger did state many times that he had a great career to fall back on. Didn’t know his current career as governor was already over!

Edith Mascolo

Los Osos

Learning enhanced

In a time of draconian cuts to education budgets, Atascadero Junior High School looks forward to expanding academic enrichment activities for our students, thanks to the generosity of local businesses.

We are especially grateful to Vons (our largest contributor), Spencer’s Fresh Market, Target and others who contribute to our Academic Enrichment Fund through the eScrip program of automatic contributions.

We also appreciate the parents and community members who have registered their customer loyalty and credit cards for the benefit of our students.

A special thank you goes to Serge Fragione, manager of Atascadero Vons, who helped provide the initial vision and support for the Academic Enrichment Fund and who continues to help us in so many ways.

Through the generosity of these businesses, learning has been enhanced through academic competitions, Civil War re-enactors, science lab equipment, poets in the classroom, field trips and much more that would not otherwise be available.

This year, with the support and generosity of Vons/Safeway, we are adding nutrition and fitness activities to our enrichment program.

We thank our partners in the community for their generous contributions that have so enriched our educational programs.

Amelia Sherman

Atascadero Junior High School Academic Enrichment Fund

Minority control

Pat Byrne (“Democracy’s death,” Aug. 7) criticizes the recent Proposition 8 decision and says the judge overlooked the fact that minority rule is the death of democracy and unconstitutional.

Byrne conveniently overlooks that the minority party in the Senate uses the filibuster rule to control the majority. Now that should be against the law.

Joe Hugh


Winemakers left out

Regarding the article titled, “Basement’s best vintages” (Aug. 1):

I was disappointed in the lack of recognition for the Central Coast Home Vintners Association. We have more than 100 members and have been in operation for more than 20 years. Participants enjoy sharing their knowledge of making wine with new members, as well as learning at seminars.

In addition to the seminars and social events, the vintners association coordinates and conducts the amateur wine judging for the Santa Barbara County Fair.

They also serve as a source of grapes for home winemakers. Membership includes the use of the crusher/destemmer, presses and other winemaking equipment.

If you have been thinking about making wine at your home, now is the perfect time to join. The 2010 grape catalog is out, and grapes from premium vineyards such as Lucas and Lewellen and Filipponi and Thompson will be available to members this fall.

Most vineyards do not sell small lots of grapes to individuals, but through the association’s grape co-op, amounts from 100 pounds to half a ton are available to members. We encourage anyone planning to make wine this year to join our association.

Check out the grape co-op catalog at www.cchva.org.

Linda Thunen

Board of Directors, Central Coast Home Vintners Association

Selfish decision

I have never written a letter to the editor until now. I had to write in after reading Annie’s story in The Tribune (“Sad story of two families and one dog,” Aug. 8).

It is indeed a sad situation for Chuck Hoage, Annie’s original owner. I would hope that the adoptive parents recognize the kind of pain he is going through.

But what bothers me most about the refusal of the adoptive parents to return Annie to Hoage is that they are putting their needs and wants above the very dog they say they love too much to give up.

Annie has lived with and loved Hoage for seven years. How about doing the right thing for Annie? If Annie had been their dog originally and someone refused to give her back, I’m sure they would be heartbroken and outraged that people could be so selfish.

Come on, put Annie’s needs above your own and reunite her with the one she loves most in this world.

Carole Chapman-Cordova

San Luis Obispo

Not a business

You have erred by describing rental property as a business (“All landlords should be licensed,” Aug. 4). It is an investment, not unlike stocks and bonds.

Unless the city plans to require a business tax from those who invest in stocks, your justification that landlords are a business does not carry any weight.

If owning rental property were a business, then owners would be completing “schedule C” on their tax returns, not “schedule E.”

Second, they are already taxed by the county (property taxes) at a higher rate than a homeowner. Not much, but more than $59.

Let’s face it. This is just another way for the City Council to raise revenue from someone who, in most cases, has a negative cash flow, instead of trimming the pork out of their budget and operating the government in an efficient manner.

I guess rental property owners need to get tog-ether, hire a lobbyist, and make some campaign contributions. That usually solves the problem.

Ken Koenen

Paso Robles

A quick call

At first, it made sense to me that Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee was hard at work and couldn’t make the League of Women Voters debate.

Then I realized that they could have easily taken care of the budget advisory meeting by phone. How long does it take to say, “OK, everyone say no?”

Michael Morin