Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 11/23

Building bikes

The employees of South County Sanitation, the San Luis Garbage Company, Cold Canyon Landfill, Coastal Rolloff Service, etc. will be building more than a hundred bicycles to donate to the San Luis Obispo chapter of Toys for Tots.

We will be building the bikes Dec. 1 at the Madonna construction yard, 284 S. Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo. We will start building the at 5:30 p.m. Hope to see you there.

Mike L. Neeley

South County Sanitation

Height of hypocrisy

In his Nov. 15 letter, Bob Blair criticizes voters for defeating Proposition 23, whose passage would have prevented California from enforcing its anti-pollution law (“Way to go, California”). Blair ridicules the voters’ action as “clean air at any cost.”

Blair’s statements are both myopic and arrogant. He is interested not in clean air, but cheap gas, regardless of the environmental damage. He must be ignorant of the extensive damage humans have already done to the environment during recent decades.

While Earth has been in existence for 4.5 billion years, humans have existed for just 200,000 years. We only have the privilege of living on the planet. We do not own it. The planet will be here after both Blair and I are long gone.

When you do not own, but can use, something, it is the moral duty to do it with utmost care to avoid any possible harm.

It is the height of hypocrisy that those who express great concern about the impact of budget deficits on future generations turn a blind eye when it comes to the environment.

Attitudes like those of Blair would do such irreparable harm to Earth that it would eventually become inhabitable for future generations.

Zaf Iqbal

San Luis Obispo

Island of sanity

My heart goes out to distraught California Republicans and tea party members wailing that California chose not to join in the big red tidal wave that swept the rest of the country Nov. 2, so therefore, California is going to fall off a cliff. The Tribune apparently intends to keep printing their letters indefinitely.

Let me clarify for those folks: the rest of the country just got stampeded by an assortment of dimwits and empty suits bank-rolled by corporate millions, which bought a lot of amnesia and resulted in the people and the ideology that wrecked the country from 2001 to 2008 returning to political power.

Childish, relentlessly obstructionist, power-mad, reality-challenged extremists are about to jump back in the saddle. They think global warming is a hoax, still believe in “voodoo economics” and think that slashing government spending in the depths of a recession is a great idea.

Except in an island of grown-up sanity known as California.

Understandably, some folks are confused by this. So to recap: the election results in California mean we have a chance of surviving a very long two years promised by the election results in the rest of the country.

Joan Carter

San Luis Obispo