Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 8/13

Nickels and dimes

I am quite concerned as a married, 35-year-old working mother trying to raise two children, because with each passing year, I am finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet.

The Lucia Mar School District recently sent home a packet for students notifying parents one month before school is to begin that bus fare rates have increased to $270 a year. This is in addition to having to supply classrooms with Kleenex, art supplies and snacks for the kids.

In addition, Arroyo Grande is considering cutting or limiting its Children in Motion program. This is on top of the changes to the local Boys and Girls Club, which recently began charging for summer services this year. This makes being a working mother that much more stressful, as it is difficult to find safe and affordable child care in this community.

It may seem like nickels and dimes to some, but when a person’s salary has not increased at all in three years, these nickels and dimes, in addition to increased health care insurance, utility, food and gas costs, all add up.

High costs and decreasing family-friendly policies make me wonder if San Luis Obispo County doesn’t want working families in their communities.

Crystal Taylor

Grover Beach

Adding to pollution

Dean Carlson would have us believe that climate change is a hoax because humans are not responsible for ever-increasing carbon emissions (“Dangerous theory,” Aug. 2).

I wonder why we do not get letters denying that harmful levels of nitrates in many water systems are due to the runoff of fertilizers from farmland. Nor are there ever letters denying increased mercury levels in certain fish populations.

And where are those letters denying that episodes like the Love Canal pollution or American rivers catching on fire ever happened? All of these previous issues were caused by the carelessness of humans, and the effects are serious.

Suppose for a moment that Carlson is correct. But what harm would it do to reduce our carbon footprint? How would this hurt you or your children and grandchildren?

Additionally, such steps would reduce the amount of foreign oil we must import, thus reducing our trade deficit. No, Carlson, you and similar ilk who can only think in black-and-white terms are the ones who have politicized others’ efforts to reduce the use of carbon-based products, and in so doing, have helped to push up our foreign trade deficit and added to the world’s pollution.

Fred Raleigh


Road long planned

Regarding the letter titled, “Road isn’t wanted” (Aug. 1): How absurd! The Willow Road extension has been planned for many years. It was originally estimated to cost $2 million, then it was planned and planned until it now costs more than $40 million.

We do not need another election, we need the extension as soon as possible. I have been an advocate for 40 years and have never met anyone who thought this road was not necessary. Let’s all help pay and get on with it.

James Pudwill


Exception to the rule

When I worked in Sacramento, from 2003 to 2004, I was appalled by the lack of depth, understanding and caring from the vast majority of the legislators I had contact with. Most seemed to be self-centered dimwits who cared only about playing the “game” to their personal advantage.

John Laird is a shining exception to this sorry state of affairs. Laird is bright, engaged and truly cares about California and the issues we face. We are extremely fortunate to have an opportunity to have Laird represent our county in the state Senate.

The governor has cynically scheduled an expensive special election because he thinks low voter turnout will give Laird’s opponent the advantage. We must prove him wrong. Mark your calendar now and remember to vote for John Laird on Tuesday.

Pat Veesart

Santa Margarita

A decent man

Ah, the spirit of elections! We have the opportunity to support one of our own home-grown young men and send him off to represent us in Sacramento.

Mr. Blakeslee goes to Sacramento ... has a familiar ring to it!

I may not agree with Sam Blakeslee 100 percent of the time; however, I understand the importance of fighting for a decent man who has San Luis Obispo County and California at heart. It is sad to think that politics have become more important in (and a justification for) selecting a candidate to office than looking at their plain old common sense, intelligence and spirit.

Please vote for Sam Blakeslee.

Darlene F. Kellett

Los Osos

Dogs are family

Regardless of any mistakes made or who made them, I beg the people who recently adopted the dog, Annie, from the county animal shelter to please return her to Chuck Hoage, her owner of approximately seven years. Dogs are not just dogs, they are family. There are many more beautiful “Annies” in the world who need good homes that you can adopt, just ask the people who work or volunteer at San Luis Obispo County Animal Services or the Woods Humane Society.  

And for all parties who may be in any way personally involved in this sad and horrific debacle, please consider Annie’s welfare and find it in your hearts to show some forgiveness and compassion in dealing with the situation. In the end, it will do your hearts good.  

Jane Russell


We pollute too much

In general, if you want to get a job done requiring many people from disparate groups, it helps to start from a point of common ground, otherwise little is likely to be accomplished.

That’s a big problem with the anthropogenic global warming theory. There is too much divisiveness over this issue, resulting in policy gridlock.

Instead of focusing on this red herring, we as a species should focus on what almost all of us can agree on. We pollute way too much.

From this commonly held belief, we can then focus on the best ways to solve the problem. No small task, but one made easier by starting from common ground. Less pollution will result in less man-made greenhouse gas emissions and thus be effective in addressing the global warming issue as well.

Arguing about this issue has partially hamstrung us from doing what we all know needs to be done, which is to clean up the planet sooner rather than later. Wake up. The polluters are using the global warming issue as a wedge to divide us and allow them to continue their polluting ways.

Without that wedge, congressional members will be harder pressed to support the status quo.

Donald Merrill

Grover Beach

Prudent choice

Thanks to both Councilmen Allen Settle and Mayor Dave Romero for their years of good service to the city of San Luis Obispo. Settle has graciously stepped aside to support Jan Marx for mayor.

Marx has my vote, too, because she is a hard worker and an experienced City Council member who learns from the past and fully understands our obligation to shape the future.

As mayor, Marx would work with council and staff to continue the smart policies and prudent management that have made this city a great place to live.

Patty Andreen

San Luis Obispo

Justice for all

In response to Allan Mayer’s letter of Aug. 8, critical of Chief Justice Ron George, I have to say that without the Chief Justice’s work to make forms and information readily available to common folk like me, I would not have been able to reclaim the money owed me by my landlord (“Goodbye, Judge George”).

We are blessed that with some persistence, you can find everything you need to know to handle most legal matters yourself right on the Internet. Before, forms were only available at law libraries and information was difficult to find. Not everyone can afford a lawyer. Being a lawyer himself, Mayer must know how prohibitive the fees can be.

If some people show up in court without as much savvy as the opposing attorney, that is the cost of opening up justice to everyone!

Mary Ann Rundell

Palo Alto, CA

Local control

Local control has been a conservative mantra. Then New York decided to let an Islamic community center be built near the former site of the World Trade Center.

I guess the conservatives believe in local control unless the locals disagree with America’s conservatives.

Richard Moore

Arroyo Grande