Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 11/8

Compromise needed

The Tribune’s post-election letters — from the bitter condemnations of the Obamas and the snide name-calling of Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer to the sour grapes gloating over a Democratic victory in California — prove once again that it is unlikely the government will ever be able to accomplish much for the common good. The two sides of our political spectrum are lined up against one another and locked in mortal combat.

In President Barack Obama’s two years in office, everything he tried to do was met with a resounding “no” from the Republicans in Congress. That negativity was accompanied by the often illogical rantings of a burgeoning tea party movement.

Now that control of the House of Representatives has shifted to the right, the president may well wreak his vengeance by exercising his power of veto.

Meanwhile, the American people will continue to be mired in unemployment, foreclosure and concern for their children’s futures.

The United States has always been proud of a government where dissent and compromise have been a formula for progress. Lately, it seems that compromise has taken a back seat. Let’s hope the new alignment in Washington will prove this assessment wrong.

Tom Bauer

Morro Bay

Great author visit

The communities of San Luis Obispo County and Cal Poly were given a wonderful presentation recently when author Mark Mathabane came to speak. His autobiographical story about growing up in apartheid South Africa was both chilling and uplifting. He recounted the horrors of his childhood while steadfastly maintaining the message of forgiveness and humanity toward others.

I want to extend my deepest gratitude to the San Luis Coastal Unified School District and Cal Poly for working together to give us this enlightening evening. What began as an outcry by the San Luis Obispo High School newspaper class to the possible banning of Mathabane’s book led to school board member Kathryn Eisendrath Rogers’ phone call to bring Mathabane to San Luis Obispo.

Fundraising efforts led by Cal Poly professor John Hampsey made the event free and open to the public. I am proud to be a member of this community that worked together to fill Spanos Theatre to hear this amazing author and hope we will continue these collaborative efforts in the future.

Sheryl Daane Chesnut

San Luis Obispo

Invasion of territory

Kudos to Joseph Codispoti, who had the courage to point out one of our country’s essential hypocrisies (“Criminal or patriot?,” Nov. 5). Sending one’s military to a faraway land constitutes an invasion of sovereign territory. It is not the altruistic act that we believe it to be. Unfortunately, most of the American public is, like the Roman Empire’s citizens, trapped in foolish patriotism and ignores universal human issues of fairness.

We neglect them, however, at our cost. If there is a Judgment Day, many of us are going to suffer mightily. Back here on Earth, we steadily promote the agendas of those who wish us ill.

When will we take President Dwight D. Eisenhower seriously? He warned of the coming “military industrial complex.” We now see a quasi-military state (us) where few question the wisdom of building an economy on the production of weaponry and an unending succession of foreign wars, economic and military.

Tom Neuhaus

San Luis Obispo

Speak out on plan

The Local Agency Formation Commission recently reviewed the Price Canyon Specific Plan draft environmental impact report. I was shocked to learn that the city of Pismo Beach was asking the commission to include these parcels in its sphere of influence and consider annexation simultaneously, which is unusual. Key items to this development are vague, but the most important to the Local Agency Formation Commission was lack of a sustainable water supply.

Currently, the General and Specific plans do not align with this project. It makes more sense to first put together new plans that align with how our representatives see our quaint town growing. Then analyze these revised plans to see if they align with the proposed project as opposed to developer-driven revisions to the General and Specific plans to fit their project.

This will affect all the Five Cities areas due to increased traffic on Price Canyon Road, Oak Park Boulevard, 4th Street and any local Highway 101 access. The Pismo Beach Planning Commission will be holding a public hearing addressing this environmental impact report Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Pismo Beach City Hall. This is the time to have your spoken or written comments heard.

Marcia Guthrie

Pismo Beach

Shelter appreciation

Nov. 7 to 13 marks National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, an event sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States to recognize and celebrate the lifesaving services provided by animal shelters such as the North County Humane Society.

The North County Humane Society seeks to improve the health and well-being of animals in San Luis Obispo County by providing critical support services to animals, promoting positive human-animal relationships and responsible guardianship and advocating for animal welfare issues.

The North County Humane Society has a number of cats available for adoption and we would like to encourage you to come visit the shelter to meet the animals and the incredibly devoted and hard-working staff and volunteers.

We are located at 2300 Ramona Road in Atascadero, and you can contact us at 466-5403.  You can explore our website at www.slonchs.org, or you can also find us at www.Petfinder.com or on Facebook.

Come learn about our shelter and the many ways you can volunteer or become a member. And don’t forget to thank the dedicated individuals who take care of these animals, no matter what animal shelter you visit.

Julie Bell

North County Humane Society

Imports, deficits

To properly understand the huge trade deficit, one only needs to visit any of our grocery stores, whether it be Albertsons, Scolari’s or Vons.

Take a look at their fish departments. We just got back from Hawaii, and there was an abundance of fresh fish, not only at the restaurants, but also for sale at the retail shops. I had never seen most of the fish for sale there. Is Hawaii a foreign country? I think not.

So the question is this: What is available in our grocery stores here is usually farm raised. If it is not farm raised, it is imported from Thailand, Vietnam, China or a host of other countries. Why do we not “import” fish from Hawaii?

It is the same whether it is fish or 99 percent of whatever else is sold in our stores these days — imported. Until that changes, we will continue with the huge trade deficits.

George Pistoresi

Paso Robles