Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 12/29

Merry Christmas

I want to thank The Tribune publicly for saying Merry Christmas on the front page. In these days of the most absurd lengths to which political correctness has taken us, it was a joy to see our local paper actually saying Merry Christmas before the more neutral happy holidays.

While I know not everyone is Christian and celebrates Christmas (remembering the birth of Christ), there are many of us who do and are proud of it and having our local paper put it right out front just made my day.

Merry Christmas to the staff of the Trib. May you continue to remember that expressing a true feeling isn’t incorrect politically or otherwise so long as it harms no one — and this certainly did not.

Carol Kiessig


Print in decline

Bill Morem’s columns (“News print isn’t dead, at least not yet,” Dec. 16 and “Morem calls it on the print business,” Dec. 23) are more examples of this industry’s myopia. Newspapers are dead and Morem called nothing.

A 25-year prediction on news print is like predicting that Barack Obama won’t be president at the close of this decade. We no longer use clay tablets for a reason. That ink in your blood has turned to blood in your ink.

I’ve worked with McClatchy, Knight Ridder, Hearst, Scripps and even a couple Chandlers way back. Now, working with Google, Facebook, Twitter and others, I tell you it’s over. You guys in print still think the fight is on.

Your protests are muffled by the echo of the final gunshot.

Selling out to conglomerates, failing to invest in the future and raiding the cash drawer are the ingredients of irreversible self- destruction. If you doubt what I say, one need only observe how McClatchy is managing its digital properties. You remind me of the knight in “Monty Python” with no arms or legs, insisting that you can fight on. The digital traffic McClatchy is “enjoying” is nothing but a dead cat bounce.

Pete Ryan

Arroyo Grande

Check Paso gauge

Here we have a near-epic rainfall event and the automated rain gauge at the Paso Robles airport again has failed to record the correct amount of precipitation.

Every one of my friends (including one friend who lives near Highway 46, not far from the airport) and I have measured 5 inches of rain or more from the storm and more than 9 inches for the season. At the same time, the airport gauge has reported a meager 1.64 inches for the storm and 3.38 inches for the season.

My guess is that the defective gauge at the airport is either partially plugged, shielded or, more likely, it is simply broken mechanically.

If anyone from the National Weather Service is reading this, the Automated Surface Observing Systems precipitation accumulation measuring device at the Paso Robles airport is apparently malfunctioning.

First, I would examine the funnel, bucket and the switch that counts .01 inch of precipitation every time the bucket tips and empties itself. If that checks out, I would then look for any impediments that might be blocking the falling precipitation.

It is important to know that there are many weather watchers in this town who would very much like to see the Paso Robles Automated Surface Observing Systems functioning properly.

Alan Moore

Paso Robles

Where are pitchforks?

Two weeks ago, we witnessed the spectacle of the “Incredible Shrinking Presidency” of Barack Obama. There he was at the podium, before the nation with former President Bill Clinton, when he “excused” himself to attend a party rather than dealing with the most urgent economic matter of our time, the tax cuts plan. He voted “not present!”

That was sad enough. What is even sadder is the virtual embargo by the media of such an abdication of leadership. It seems that the media is much too busy trying to morph the “Bush tax cuts” into the “Obama tax cuts” after Obama’s capitulation on his banner campaign promise to raise taxes on the “rich.”

Why aren’t the media picking up their “pitchforks” and storming the White House over the Federal Communications Commission’s unprecedented takeover of the Internet?

Joseph Brocato

San Luis Obispo

Teacher stress

So, a high school teacher has 153 students in five classes and works up to 60 hours a week (“Lesson in subtraction,” Dec. 26). He could hire out of his own pocket, at minimum wage, a student to check tests. It would be better than burning himself out.

I am sure his salary is high enough that up to $40 a week wouldn’t require any real sacrifice for him or his family, compared to what overstressing will do.

Roy Berger

Arroyo Grande

Access check

Hats off to Cynthia Lambert and the cadre of reporters who spanned out countywide to seek “Statements of Economic Interests” for City Council members (“In test of access, 6 cities fare well,” Dec. 19).

Those of us in public office are assured public records are “available,” but we can’t be certain on a day-to-day basis.

I’m grateful for the interest and service of media professionals. We need to be vigilant about our public information responsibility.

Kathy Smith

San Luis Obispo

Credit where due

I continually read letters sent to the media and comments on articles that are very critical of the State Parks Department’s efforts to provide a safe environment for the enjoyment of the general public at the Oceano Dunes. I am of the opinion that the California State Parks Department staff in Oceano doesn’t get the credit they deserve for the task they’re charged with.

I just wanted to let you know that the Parks Department staff has been feverishly working with Sen. Sam Blakeslee to improve safety at the Oceano Dunes. I have optimism that the result of this collaboration will be an improvement in dunes safety and the end result will be to ensure that families are able to continue to enjoy this great natural resource for many more generations to come.

Randy Jordan

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