Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 10/15

Cambrians proud

Recently, the Cambria Historical Society held our second annual Scarecrow and Harvest Festival. This event is a major fundraiser for the Cambria Historical Museum.

The Historical Society events committee decided this year to also make this event a FUNraiser for the entire community, so we put out the word that we wanted to see Cambria flooded with scarecrows.

The result was amazing!

There are close to 100 fun and creative scarecrows made by young and old, businesses, church groups, clubs and residents that just could not resist joining in on the fun. Our event was a huge success and just about everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

There was great music, delicious food, a living scarecrow, a cowboy shootout and tons of opportunities to have your picture taken with a wide variety of scarecrows. I have never seen so many people taking pictures in one place. I know Cambrians are proud as can be of what we all accomplished.

Check out our special website www.cambriascarecrows.com to get a sneak peek at some of the scarecrows that are scattered all over town.

A trip to Cambria right now is well worth it.

Sue Robinson

Cambria Historical Society

No work, no wonder

The county has spent $6 million on the Los Osos sewer and not one pipe has been laid. No wonder people are fed up with our government.

John Hyde

Paso Robles

What will be missed?

As a 40-year member of KCET, I must express my great disappointment and sadness over the coming loss of PBS programming.

Probably many of us remember programs like “Sesame Street” and “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” which entertained our young children while enriching their lives.

Families are now enjoying the last few months of “Antiques Road Show” and all of the different music, plays and opera performances offered. We’ll miss “Masterpiece Theater,” which brought us drama, comedy and mystery beautifully produced by British television. We’ll miss “News-Hour,” “Frontline” and interesting interviews by Charlie Rose, which shed light on current events.

But my sadness turns to anger and frustration when I remember how government funding has been chiseled away over the years by Congressional conservatives, while at the same time (I’m sorry to say) there probably have been quite a few “freeloaders” who have enjoyed KCET programming without giving any financial support at all. Not even $40 per year, which works out to around 11 cents a day.

What will you miss?

Carole Chimarusti

Nipomo

Celebrating what?

What exactly are we celebrating with Columbus Day? Exploration in the name of economic gain followed by the conquering of the weak by the strong?

Since there were indigenous people everywhere in America when Columbus arrived, what did he really discover? Why not change the name to Native American Day and honor those who were here before us as the original Americans?

Timothy John Peters

San Luis Obispo

A defining debate

Kudos to the League of Women Voters for putting on the recent sheriff’s debate, which did the best job yet of defining the differences between the two candidates.

On the one hand, we have a retired chief who has spent less than 20 percent of his law enforcement career in our county, has never managed a department larger than 27 officers, has no understanding of, or experience with, the operations of the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department and is endorsed by only a handful of law enforcement officers, most of whom are retired.

On the other hand, we have an active law enforcement officer, Capt. Ian Parkinson, who has spent his entire 26-year law enforcement career in our county, manages a department four times larger than the largest one ever managed by his opponent, is responsible for a $15 million a year budget, has spent the time to become familiar with the operations of the Sheriff’s Department and its current problems and has nearly unanimous support among the public safety professionals in our county who have worked with both candidates.

The choice is clear: vote Ian Parkinson for sheriff.

Don Day

Pismo Beach

Dedicated candidate

How can retired teachers serve their communities using the skills and knowledge of the educational system to benefit students and families?

One way is to serve on the local school board of education.

That is exactly what Jim Quesenberry wants to do. Before retiring in June 2010, he worked for 39 years in public education, 22 of those years in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District. He has a working knowledge of the district from the teachers’, parents’, and even grandparents’ perspective.

His children and step-children are graduates of Morro Bay High School where Quesenberry was a teacher. He’s a believer in public education and he supports core academics as well as the arts and physical education.

As a teacher in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District, I have worked with Quesenberry on the local teachers association’s executive board. I’ve always found him to be dedicated to students, teachers and the school district.

Please join me in voting for Jim Quesenberry for the San Luis Coastal Unified School District’s Board of Education.

Debbie Heck

Los Osos

It makes sense

Some of our elected positions result in the selection of a single individual who will be solely responsible for the operation and performance of a department or organization. Such a position is county sheriff.

This year, we have a candidate for sheriff with a vast array of demonstrated skills, high ethics, driven professionalism and a history of superior performance.

Doesn’t it make sense to elect a sheriff who chose service to his country, to the police officers he led and to the citizens he committed to serve? Doesn’t it make sense to elect a sheriff who has completed the educational level required by most of the cities in our county and who led his police department(s) as chief to exceptionally high professional standards?

Doesn’t it make sense to elect a sheriff with a demonstrated sense of responsibility to taxpayers by returning unused funds so that other needed programs could be addressed? Doesn’t it make sense to elect a sheriff with experience in collaboration with other policing and public agencies to address social and financial issues?

Doesn’t it just make sense to elect Joe Cortez for sheriff of San Luis Obispo County? Yes, it makes sense, so let’s do it.

Ken Sage

Arroyo Grande

Our priorities

Politicians in Sacramento have spent too much, invested far too little and have borrowed more than any of us — or our children — can afford. Fewer companies remain in California. We need someone who will vote our priorities: jobs, jobs and jobs.

As a small business owner, Katcho Achadjian understands how difficult it is to do business in California. That’s why he will fight to keep down the taxes and fees on those who create jobs. And that’s why Achadjian will work to ensure California’s businesses are not hampered by excessive regulation.

To get jobs back to the Central Coast and to get the California economy moving again, we need to send Achadjian to the State Assembly.

Daniel Holliday

San Luis Obispo

Vital experience

I recommend voters support Jan Marx for mayor along with Andrew Carter and Kathy Smith for City Council. These three have the policy experience in areas vital to a successful city such as an understanding of budget issues, land use policy and growth management.

Two are now serving on the City Council and Smith is seeking a return to the City Council.

As a City Council member, I have worked with and observed all three over the last several years and find them able to represent all the voters in the city. They are all accessible, accountable and approachable and deserve your vote on Nov. 2.

Allen K. Settle

San Luis Obispo

Dues are paid

Who is Paul Brown, running for mayor of San Luis Obispo?

Brown served one undistinguished term on the City Council. He was often noted showing his disdain for persons appearing before the City Council with whom he disagreed.

While on the City Council, Brown was served with a restraining order obtained by his then-wife, alleging that she was a victim of physical abuse.

Why should we think he would be a successful mayor for our town?

On the other hand, his opponent, Jan Marx, has been a longtime successful San Luis Obispo attorney who has devoted years of service to our city on various boards, commissions and on the City Council. She has paid her dues, is steady and reliable and deserves your vote.

James M. Duenow

San Luis Obispo

Serious questions

I have to question The Tribune’s endorsement of Kathy Smith for San Luis Obispo City Council (“Carter, Smith best fit for council,” Oct. 10). Smith has served on the council in the past. She left one year after being elected to pursue a better job. Her choice to leave raises serious questions about the depth of her commitment to the voters of San Luis Obispo.

Given her demonstrated lack of commitment to voters, we must question why Smith is now running for a seat on the San Luis Obispo City Council? Running for an office one has already deserted does not seem like the honorable thing to do.

Smith’s desire to run appears to be based more on a desire to serve herself rather than the voters of San Luis Obispo. We are living in gravely serious times and we need council members who are able to live up to their campaign promises. People who will not quit when things get tough or a better offer comes a long.

You got this one wrong, Tribune. There are at least two excellent candidates running for San Luis Obispo City Council who I feel deserve my vote. None of whom are Smith.

Paul Baca

San Luis Obispo

Misleading measure

Measure I in Atascadero is being presented in a very misleading manner. District literature promises that this bond will decrease the annual tax rate on property. In actuality, this measure will add a new tax to our property bills.

How can they claim that this bond will reduce our tax rate? By comparing what the added tax will be on our property bills for this bond measure with what is currently on our property tax bills for an old bond measure in place since 1976?

This previous bond expires in June 2011. Our property tax bills will be reduced next year already because the old bond levy will be gone. This new bond will add a new tax to our property tax.

Measure I is being labeled a “replacement bond,” misleading the taxpayers of Atascadero to believe that they must continue to carry the cost of a bond on their tax bills. This is a choice, not a mandate.

In these difficult economic times, it is wrong to mislead the citizens of Atascadero to increase their tax bills when many are having a difficult time paying the taxes that are already there. Vote “no” on Measure I.

Lane Berry

Atascadero

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