Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 12/26

Enough fault studies

Jane Swanson’s letter to the editor concerning the Shoreline fault near the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant has me distressed (“Study fault more,” Dec. 20).

Of course Mothers for Peace would do and say anything to stop the licensing renewal for the Diablo power plant. They’ve been intervening since when, the late 1980s?

But nuclear power plants in the United States and Europe have been the safest industrial facilities in the world and throughout time. Of course the ratepayers — that means you and I — must pay for the licensing renewal — where else could the money come from?

PG&E cannot print money for licensing and studies — they are not a government. PG&E is a conduit to exchange our money for a reliable and safe electrical supply.

How much more money must we, all of us, spend to appease the ridiculous intervention of those who oppose nuclear power? Enough is enough. I’m not ready to go back to kerosene lamps and log fires.

Doug Stevens

San Luis Obispo

‘Nutcracker’ thanks

The board of directors of the Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo would like to thank all of the sponsors, donors, volunteers, Performing Arts Center staff and dancers who made “The Nutcracker” possible.

The performances held at the Performing Arts Center were amazing. We are so fortunate to have such a quality production with local artists on the Central Coast.

Mostly, we would like to thank Sammy Pineau and The Walter Hill and Family Foundation for sponsoring this year’s gift performance for those who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to see a ballet.

Because of a generous donation, we were able to put on a free performance for Community Action Partnership, Hospice of San Luis Obispo, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the women’s shelter, Wilshire Community Services, The Villages, The Manse on Marsh and others in need from local churches.

Tim Campbell

Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo board member

Grateful for books

On behalf of the students, staff and myself, I would like to thank Barnes & Noble and its customers from the bottom of our hearts for their extremely kind and generous donations to our school library.

As you know, we are a new school that began running just as the money crunch hit. Consequently, we have many empty library shelves.

The customers’ kind donations and the store’s generosity in encouraging their unbelievably generous shopper elves to donate books have made the magic of the holiday season happen for us.

Thank you for helping to fill the Dorothea Lange library’s shelves!

Suzanne Champeau

Dorothea Lange Elementary School librarian

Excellent choice

Kudos to the San Luis Obispo City Council for its unanimous appointment of Dan Carpenter to complete the term of newly elected Mayor Jan Marx (“Council decides on 5th member,” Dec. 22).

While I believe the city charter should be amended to avoid this situation in the future, the four sitting members made a sensible and honorable decision in their selection.

Carpenter has been an outstanding citizen/advocate in this community, and with his service on several advisory bodies, he is well versed in city functions. A real bonus to the City Council is his background in business and finance.

Thank you Andrew Carter, John Ashbaugh, Kathy Smith and Marx — and congratulations Dan Carpenter!

Dodie Williams

San Luis Obispo

Generous donation

We would like to offer a resounding and heartfelt thank you to the wonderful elementary school children of Old Mission Catholic School who collected donations on Halloween for the eighth consecutive year for the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program.

This year, Old Mission’s school children collected $661 to help other children in need, bringing the total collected and donated to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund since 2003 to $3,454. Old Mission School of San Luis Obispo will again be acknowledged on UNICEF’s international website as a “delegate” level school starting in January!

Generous American children have collected and donated nearly $160 million for children in need of assistance throughout our world since 1950. As UNICEF celebrates its 60th anniversary, we salute all of these wonderful school children as genuine “UNICEF world heroes!”

If you would like to learn how simple it is for your school to make a huge difference in the lives of our world’s children through the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program held each Halloween, please contact Mary Donnelly at 543-9955 or worlddance@sbcglobal.net or UNICEF directly via their website at www.unicefusa.org.

Mary Donnelly

Old Mission Catholic School coordinator

Friends of children

I would like to congratulate Central Coast Funds for Children on the remarkable achievement of raising more than $1 million since 1984. This group of dedicated women set a goal to make a difference in the lives of children throughout San Luis Obispo County. Boy, what a difference they have made.

The members of Central Coast Funds for Children are role models for the future volunteers of our county, and their contributions are felt in all areas of children’s needs.

As a donor to Central Coast Funds for Children, no matter if your heart lies in child-abuse prevention, the arts or recreation, you can be assured your money funds these worthy causes. Please check the website for a list of all the agencies that have benefited from the organization: www.centralcoastfundsforchildren.org. Kudos ladies.

Shelly Higginbotham

Pismo Beach

Disruptive students

As an educator in a local school district, I am appalled by the notorious behavior displayed by a significant group of students, especially at the high school level. This particular group displays chronic tardiness, outright disrespect for school staff and peers, disruptions in class and absenteeism, as well as poor to failing grades.

The domino effect from this negative behavior translates into an assortment of collateral damage. Teachers are forced to stop class and become disciplinarians, losing valuable class time.

Students who desire to learn are cheated as a result. Is it fair to them? Your hard-earned taxpayer dollars are siphoned out without any academic benefit. To the parents of these disruptive students, my message to you is this: Do a better job as a parent and stop making teachers a scapegoat for your mistakes.

The concepts of good/ bad, right/wrong, respect, courtesy, honesty and discipline are part of chapter one in the book of good parenting. It should be taught at home at an early age.

Children are a product of their environment and if devoid of good parenting, the result will be detrimental not just to the child, but to the community.

Christopher Maccarone

Grover Beach

Harsh punishment

If Julian Assange was a starting NFL quarterback, he’d get a $50,000 fine and a six-game suspension, commuted to four, plus a new shoe deal from a company that pays no American taxes and has outsourced its jobs to China. His first game back will be broadcast to American Armed Forces dying and maimed for corporate profits everywhere, as the oceans rise.

Bill Weatherford

Morro Bay