Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 11/12

Glad to serve

Thank you residents of San Luis Obispo County for electing me to serve as your new sheriff! I am keenly aware of the trust you have placed in me and will work diligently to continue to earn that trust each day I am in office.

Thank you also to the many volunteers, donors and supporters who campaigned so tirelessly on my behalf. I am proud of the campaign we ran and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your hard work, financial support and your constant encouragement.

The road ahead will present many significant challenges, the most pressing of which will be to restore your trust in our Sheriff’s Department. But I am confident that with your continued support and valuable input, we can overcome them all.

Thank you again for your support and encouragement. I look forward to serving you as your next sheriff.

Ian Parkinson

San Luis Obispo County sheriff-elect

No stores needed

Will the innovative side of Nick Tompkins, of NKT Commercial, please stand up and build something that our community lacks? We do not need another grocery store, drugstore, liquor store, etc.

What is the rationale of robbing Peter to pay Paul? That is, taking revenue from one store to give to another?

Will people on a tight budget, with the high cost of gasoline, think it prudent to drive from Nipomo to Arroyo Grande to shop for groceries?

Neighbors, remember the fight a few years ago that would not allow Walmart to bring in groceries? That could have been the answer to low cost.

Personally, I shop at Spencer’s. I feel that helps many local farmers and people of our community. I hope to see you there.

Barbara Smith

Grover Beach

Project Amend

On Oct. 15, Project Amend, Inc. was forced to close its doors. Since 1999, Project Amend had operated as a sober living facility and served the recovery needs of scores of San Luis Obispo County men.

In November of 2008, after many years of trying, Project Amend was able to obtain state licensing to provide residential treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. During the time Project Amend was in operation as a licensed residential treatment facility, it was the only such facility in San Luis Obispo.

Now, sadly, those in need will be forced to seek treatment elsewhere.

Over the years, The Tribune ran several articles on Project Amend and helped to create an awareness of the work being done there. I want to take this opportunity to thank the staff for their efforts.

Also, Project Amend was able to survive as long as it did only due to the support of the citizens of this county. Many people contributed their time, financial resources and services to help Project Amend in its efforts to fight the good fight against the disease of addiction. Thank you all so much.

If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail projectamend@aol.com.

Michael Axelrod

Project Amend former executive director

Volunteer memorial

On Oct. 15, the San Luis Obispo community lost four dedicated, talented and selfless volunteers — Roger Lyon, Graciela Sarmiento, Andrew Thiel and James Thornton.

I speak for all our staff when I say that the whole French Hospital family is devastated by this enormous loss. These four gifted people exemplified the spirit of generosity, compassion and caring that we all aspire to. They will be greatly missed.

To honor their sacrifice and their memory, French Hospital is placing a memorial plaque in our Healing Garden located in the center of the hospital. If you would like to join us in this memorial tribute through a donation, please call the French Hospital Foundation at 542-6496.

Our hearts grieve and go out to the family and friends affected by this loss.

Alan Iftiniuk

French Hospital Medical Center president and CEO

State not for sale

Several months ago, two new faces appeared on the California political scene. These wealthy former CEOs decided to run for the offices of governor and senator.

They came with tens of millions of their own money, plus added millions from the Republican Party. Their premise was that all you had to do to win an office in California was to spread buckets of cash around and the electorate would fall into line.

In spite of the torrent of money, Californians refused to be bought and returned both candidates to a nonpolitical life.

Bravo California! The state that could not be bought.

Donald O’Connor

San Luis Obispo