Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 10/18

Too many children

I just read the sob stories of three families who were waiting around in grocery stores on the night before their monthly government handout money was deposited into their government-issued credit card accounts (“The midnight run,” Oct. 7).

Did anyone catch the correlation with the families mentioned in the story? Each has four to six children. I’m supposed to feel sorry for these people?

If the parents had an ounce of responsibility, they wouldn’t have had all of these kids in the first place and saved themselves from ending up on the government dole.

The author sights the recession and tight credit as reasons why these and other families are in dire straits, but the heart of the matter is overpopulation. They should be ashamed of themselves!

David Hamilton

San Luis Obispo

Hospice’s helpers

Hospice Partners of the Central Coast wishes to thank the community for making the eighth annual Hospice “Pardners” Hoedown fundraiser and the communitywide hoedown raffle, held Aug. 21 at Hearst Ranch, such a success. It was a great afternoon at the Dairy Barn, with good food, good music and good friends.

As always, the net proceeds will benefit our hospice patients and their families. A special thank you to the Hearst Corp. and Steve Hearst for allowing us access to the ranch and the use of the Dairy Barn.

Because there were so many who helped us with the hoedown, we can’t list you all by name in this letter. We send out a huge thank you to all the businesses and individuals who sponsored and donated to make the event a success.

And to all the volunteers who helped on the day of the event and all the volunteer hoedown committee members who spent many hours planning the event, please know that you are our angels.

Thanks all of you! Your generosity and kindness touches the lives of many.

Ron McEvoy

Event and media coordinator for the Hospice Partners of the Central Coast

Upgrade bike lanes

In response to Paul A. Sweeney’s letter (“Slow the bikes down,” Sept. 21): I sympathize with his position of having to share sidewalks with fast moving bicycles.

However, a better alternative to brandishing the stick of speed bumps on sidewalks would be to use the carrot of more bicycle-friendly roadways.

According to the California Vehicle Code, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists, and, just like drivers of motorcycles and scooters, bicyclists are expected to use the roadway as opposed to the sidewalks.

However, given the limited extent of bike lanes, as well as their often limited width and the poor condition of road shoulders in the Five Cities area, cyclists retreating to the sidewalk is understandable.

Improving the quality of roadway bicycle accommodations in the Five Cities would likely reduce the problems Sweeney encounters with cyclists on sidewalks, as well as make bicycling a safer, less frightening and more practical form of transportation.

Ben Walther

Arroyo Grande

Rocky roads

To guarantee a nicely paved street in your neighborhood, make certain you live in or near the touristy part of town. Your city fathers would rather kill your car by allowing crummy roads all over town just so the tourist trap portion can have the newest asphalt and brick pavement to impress the tourists.

No need bothering to ask local officials how they prioritize their pavement money. The proof is in the pavement, or lack of ...

Mitch Rust

Arroyo Grande

How taxpayers feel

The Viewpoint written by the mayors of San Luis Obispo County titled “Prop. 22: Stop raids on local governments” (Oct. 9) states, “In recent years, politicians in Sacramento have taken billions of dollars from cities and other local governments to help balance California’s budget.”

Well, now maybe mayors and city councils will get an idea of how the taxpayers feel when the cities and counties take our money. I’m voting against Proposition 22 in the hope they will have a reminder of that next year.

Robert Parkhurst

Atascadero

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