Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 8/16

Not quite the same

Ken Koenen has it wrong (“Not a business,” Aug. 12). Comparing owning rental property to owning stocks and bonds is ludicrous.

My stock portfolio does not require police response in the middle of the night. I’ve never known a stock investor to go outside at 2 a.m. and start screaming or urinating in the neighbor’s yard.

There were not approximately 3,000 police responses last year to stock trader’s homes (as there were for noise complaints in San Luis Obispo).

San Luis Obispo has a problem that needs money to address and Koenen, living in Paso Robles, is unaware of it. It’s called student rentals in family neighborhoods and it is a financial and labor burden to the city of San Luis Obispo. The $59 yearly tax is a small expense for these businesses to pay.

John Sherry

San Luis Obispo

Libraries live!

Thank you for your editorial Aug. 1 titled, “Libraries thrive in the age of computers — no joke.” Our libraries certainly do thrive in the computer age. Many people use the libraries’ computers or their Wi-Fi connections every day. And libraries in our county are expanding services to include writing workshops and adult reading programs despite the “hiring chill” that has reduced staff.

On a recent Wednesday, the Atascadero library set a record with more than 900 people coming into the library in one day. With more than 27,000 card holders, 100 children’s programs a year and continuous use of the community room, it is truly amazing what this small library (which also serves as the North County hub) has accomplished.

Because the community has outgrown the 7,500-square-foot building on Morro Road and needs more access to computers, Atascadero Friends of the Library is currently raising funds to expand the library.

We are fortunate to live in a county that recognizes the vital function that libraries serve and that has pledged matching funds for the expansion project. Even in this electronic age, libraries continue to be the cornerstone of a vibrant community.

Marguerite Kelly Pulley

Atascadero

Best public servants

In view of the current uproar over salaries and benefits of public employees, a small word on behalf of some of our local folk seems in order.

Recently, I needed to do some complex research on property boundaries. It required visits to both the city of Arroyo Grande and San Luis Obispo County offices. Everyone I spoke with was courteous, helpful and, most importantly, competent. These people all did their level best to respond to my search for obscure information.

So whatever we think about the pay and benefit levels of our public employees versus the private sector, let us at least be grateful that our local public servants know their jobs and are very customer-service oriented.

Mary Talbot

Arroyo Grande

Pay for your own

Regarding the letter titled, “Nickels and dimes,” Aug. 13:

I am quite concerned as a married, 65-year-old retired husband and father trying to get by on a fixed income. My concern? That some of my neighbors can’t get along with two incomes (presumably) and raise two kids without asking all the rest of us to pay (through our taxes) for their Kleenex, snacks and art supplies.

Most of us have raised children and had budget crunches, but most of us do not ask others to subsidize our personal transportation or expect nonprofits such as the Boys and Girls Club to go into the red for us.

As for the high cost of living in America, it hits all of us, not just the ones who want others to cover their share. Thank you Lucia Mar School District, Arroyo Grande and the Boys and Girls Clubs for asking the users to pay for their use.

Jon A. Hartz Sr.

Arroyo Grande

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