Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 11/19

Thanksgiving hike

Build up your appetite by joining The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County for a morning hike on Thanksgiving Day. Start your holiday by bringing family and friends on a mildly strenuous trail hike through The Land Conservancy’s private Black Lake Ecological Area.

Land Conservancy restoration ecologist and hiking guide Mark Skinner will provide a behind-the-scenes tour of an active restoration area for dune scrub habitat.

Hikers will enjoy views of Black Lake (a rare freshwater dune lake) and fabulous birding opportunities. Hawks, owls, ducks and rare plants are regular attractions at the private natural area. This preserve is also well-known for the display of Monarch butterflies each winter.

The hike will be on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 25), starting promptly at 9 a.m. There is a suggested $5 donation per person or $10 donation per family. Space is limited and advanced sign-up is required.

Please RSVP to TeresaT@lcslo.org or 544-9096, ext. 18. The Black Lake Ecological Area is off Highway 1 in rural Arroyo Grande. Driving directions will be provided when hikers RSVP. Event is rain or shine. For more information, check out www.lcslo.org or call 544-9096.

Teresa Tibstra

The Land Conservancy membership and outreach coordinator

Climate change

The Last Glacial Period began 100,000 to 120,000 years ago. Evaporation from the oceans condensed as snow over land masses, leaving much of North America and other continents covered in ice two miles thick, leaving oceans 400 feet lower than today. 

About 15,000 years ago, the Last Glacial Maximum ended. Neither of these events was caused by human activity. The oceans are simply returning to their pre-ice age levels and they have a ways to go. It would be foolish to deny the effect of current human activity on climate change, and it would be equally foolish to attribute global warming solely to humans.  

The causes of the origin and the end of the last ice age are twofold: solar flares from our sun (temperature undulations in a vast, hydrogen-bomb furnace) and wobbles in the Earth’s axis, neither of which man has the ability to control.  

James Schaefer

Paso Robles

Continue education

Regarding the discontinuation of Cal Poly’s Adult Degree Program (“Proposed end prompts protest,” Nov. 10):

Because I married young, I missed a normal university experience. After having my five children, I yearned for an education and career.

With a husband who obtained his degree through the GI Bill and insisted on a “stay at home” Mom, I began attending junior college. “Mr.” approved of education as long as night classes and homework did not interfere with family or infringe upon my monthly budget.

After a 10-year struggle, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree and teaching credential from a California State University at age 40. My husband died in October, four months later.

As a widow, I taught school for 25 years and helped three children and four grandchildren financially through college. Please continue adult degree programs and continuing education.

Claire Greenwood

Pismo Beach

Rules have changed

I recently saw several protests about the new screening process at our airports. I realize this is a free country, but since 9/11, the rules have changed for fliers. 

Having flown for many years on business, I know it is more invasive these days to be screened, but I would rather fly safe than sorry.

My thought to those who object is to get over it. Accept that security is necessary to protect all of us. If you don’t like it, take the train or drive.

Steve Bennett

Shell Beach

Unmatched support

On behalf of the 2010 Atascadero High School Greyhound athletics program, we would like to take this opportunity to thank “our team” who, through great community effort, has made our program second to none.

Recently, Food-4-Less, through their endless generosity, successfully hosted the third annual “Battle of the North County” football rally and barbecue to kick off the big game week between Atascadero and Paso Robles.

The barbecue provided a great opportunity to bring both communities together. Booster, service and community groups, plus families, athletes and coaches donated their time and efforts to make the day a huge success.

In addition, we would like to gratefully thank store directors John Angel and Rick Gross and Food-4-Less employees. Thank you for being a part of our team. Your assistance and support is unmatched. It is the little things that make a big difference. Once again, thank you to all who have supported the Greyhound effort.

Sam DeRose

Atascadero High School athletic director