Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 12/20

Obama’s birthplace

A recent CNN poll found that 71 percent of respondents think President Barack Obama was definitely/probably born in the United States while 27 percent think that he definitely/probably was not born in the United States.

We could say that one of the pieces of information that convinces the 71 percent, aside from his birth certificate, is the fact that the president’s birth was announced in a local Hawaiian newspaper.

They can logically assume that you could not make this stuff up ... or could you?

About the 27 percent, we could assume two possible reasons: They either are not logical (possible) or they have other reasons to believe that the president was not born in the United States and will not state them.

Fabrizio Griguoli

Shell Beach

Toy Run needs toys

The 30th anniversary of the San Luis Obispo County Toy Run was Dec. 5. Even though our run is rain or shine, the chance of bad weather kept attendance down this year.

I would like to thank everyone that did show up and support this year’s toy run. I would also like to add that if there was anyone who was planning to attend the run but couldn’t, and they still have a toy they would like to donate, we would greatly appreciate it.

We are short this year on toys, especially toys for girls. You can drop off any toy at Bernard’s Specialty Cycle in Oceano at 1506 Railroad Street, Unit C or call 489-7001. We do appreciate all the help we receive from the community every year and couldn’t hold this run without them.

Mike L. Neeley

San Luis Obispo County Toy Run committee

Study fault more

In his Dec. 5 Viewpoint, Loren Sharp of PG&E claims that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission agrees with PG&E that Diablo Canyon would be able to withstand any earthquake that the Shoreline Fault is capable of generating.

But PG&E has only preliminary information regarding the hazards of this fault, which lies 600 meters from the reactors and the radioactive waste storage facilities. The lack of data has compelled PG&E, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to plan extensive studies to be completed in 2013.

Furthermore, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board stated in a judicial review Aug. 4 that “although the NRC staff’s initial review of the Shoreline Fault accepts PG&E’s ‘preliminary assessment that the hazard potential of the Shoreline Fault is bounded by the current review ground motion spectrum for the facility’ ... that review is rife with disclaimers and limitations.”

The San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace is using legal channels to oppose PG&E’s application for license renewal. License renewal should not even be considered until the studies of the Shoreline Fault are complete.

Jane Swanson

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace spokesperson

Magic at the Dunes

When businesses, schools and government agencies work together, wonderful things can happen.

On Nov. 12, 30 students and 30 staff members from Yosemite Middle School in Fresno went to Pismo Beach for an amazing field trip. Gene Schroeder, a local business owner and member of Friends of Oceano Dunes, arranged for our students to ride quads on the dunes near Pismo Beach.

The children were chosen by submitting essays, telling what an experience such as this would mean to them. Staff members, many of them moved to tears by what they read, chose the participants.

Cheers erupted from the bus as the Pacific Ocean appeared, a new sight for many of our students. Fifteen kids were taught to ride quads by Creg Angelo of Angelo’s ATV Rental. The other children learned about waves from state park volunteers and toured the monarch butterfly preserve. Meanwhile, some teachers, thanks to Poncho’s Surf Shop, received a surf lesson.

Lunch was provided by the Pacific Plaza Resort Hotel, Yo Banana Boy and DC Construction. Friends of Oceano Dunes helped supervise the students and prepared the meal.

Thank you all for a day our children will never forget. Magic happens.

Tom Snyder

Yosemite Middle School teacher, Fresno