Letters to the Editor

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Nothing happening

I am curious. If indeed Atascadero’s mission is to “become more business friendly” (“Atascadero to guarantee eatery loans,” Jan. 3), then why have we seen nothing about building a Walmart?

Even though approved by a majority of the voters some time ago, we still see nothing happening! 

Edith E. Welter


Readings wrong

I agree with Theresa White in her letter to the editor titled, “Check A.G. gauge too” (Jan. 3) and any other writers who have written in concerned about the readings of the Arroyo Grande rain gauge.

This new person, whomever it is, has been incorrect in their readings for about the last four years or so. The person who The Tribune had about four or so years ago was spot on with their readings. This new person must have their rain gauge between some buildings or under a tree.

During the recent big storm, I received a total of 11.5 inches and The Tribune only reported 7.66 inches total. This most recent two-day storm was reported at .75 inches in the paper and I received 2.25 inches from readings in two different locations at my house. White’s letter says it all, please re-read it.

John Hanna

Arroyo Grande

Punish offenders

One of the most invidious twists of history was the censure of Rep. Charles Rangel for seemingly inconsequential acts while there are two former public officials walking free after being a part of a far more reaching heinous crime, approving the use of torture.

Both former President George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have made admonition that they approve of what they euphemistically call “enhanced interrogation,” but what the world regards as torture. In his recent book, Bush actually stated that he had personally given permission to waterboard Khalid Mohammed in 2003. The United States helped draft the convention against torture and we also had signed and ratified it. 

It is our responsibility, as a country dedicated to upholding our laws, to see that those who break them are punished. It is our moral responsibility and our standing in the world certainly demands it. 

Finally, there is the principal of “universal jurisdiction” that refers to action any country can take to prosecute someone who is guilty of being a perpetrator. This principal considers torture as an act beyond the laws of human dignity.

W.R. Cole

Arroyo Grande


Regarding the Viewpoint article by Ed Cob-leigh titled, “Teachers need to make sacrifices, too” (Jan. 2):

The esteemed and, I assume, lucrative career of Cobleigh in international marketing can’t hold a candle to the importance and value of a teacher.

Jeff Legato

San Luis Obispo

Infection control

I was interested in the article titled, “Report on hospital infections disappoints” (Jan. 4). I am a retired nurse. I spent the last few years of my employment as the infection control coordinator at a small rehabilitation/extended care facility, so I know the problems one faces when trying to provide a clean, safe environment for patients.

Training of staff is essential, but with overworked caregivers, everyone cuts corners. Hand washing is No. 1, as we all know, but on visits to local hospitals, I see very lax efforts. Because gloves are available, people tend to forego hand washing in their hurry to get to the next duty. Some of the other problems I see could be easily fixed, but it takes time and more staff.

My intention is not to criticize the staff, but to point out that a lack of essential numbers of nurses and other caregivers leads to lackadaisical practices. We need a statewide infection control program, trained overseers and dedicated workers. This takes money.

Does California have enough to invest in this area? I hope so. It is up to all of us to obtain more information about this issue and talk to our representatives.  

H.D. Burson


Some nerve

Ed Cobleigh: Shame on you (“Teachers need to make sacrifices, too,” Jan. 2)! Overworked and underpaid teachers should make further sacrifices? No Social Security or military COLA increases prove no rise in the cost of living?

Government services strive to pay out as little in benefits as possible. Has he noticed the rising costs of health care or housing in California markets (for example, San Luis Obispo County, where middle-class workers like teachers have been shut out of the housing market)?

As to “the working people who pay their salaries, the taxpayers:” How many billions of taxpayer dollars does Raytheon suck up in fat government defense contracts, which pay the excessive salaries of executives like him?

Why don’t Cobleigh and other wealthy executives volunteer to pay more taxes? Cobleigh knows nothing about education and he has some nerve lecturing members of the vanishing middle class from his lofty income level.

Johanna Rubba

Grover Beach

Breaking the bank

How true the article titled, “What you pay in Medicare won’t cover your costs” (Dec. 31) is. New knees, hips, cataract surgery, you name it and the old folks are rushing to get it, usually at zero additional cost to them.

Why suffer a sore knee like grandma did? Medicare will fix it.

If Medicare was a private company, the rates would be skyrocketing to cover the costs, so why doesn’t the federal government do the same? Surely the underfunded dollars should not come out of the general fund. The Medicare folks should be paying for it themselves.

Yeah, it could be said people are living too long, but at 83, I’m glad to still be here.

I think it’s time for those who can afford it to pay for what they get and not bankrupt this wonderful country. Unless it’s fixed, the baby boomers will more than break the bank. Don’t expect our mealy-mouthed, spineless career politicians to fix it. I recommend reading, “Trickle Up Poverty,” by Michael Savage. Let’s save this country!

Hugh Robinson


A vital format

Regarding the letter titled “Print in decline” by Pete Ryan (Dec. 29): The pendulum seems to always swing back the other way.

In our culture, everything old becomes new again. My prediction is that print reporting will continue to suffer, but will eventually realize a resurgence. Print is as history-making as our country’s Founding Fathers. Placing all our eggs in one virtual news basket risks losing a crucial source of communication to the masses should hacking or terrorism occur.

Not everyone will want or even be required to fire up a computer to obtain news. But lest we forget, print is a vital format for realizing our right to freedom of speech.

Not even iPads or Kindles can replace plunking down change for the anticipation of opening up the day’s news over a cup of coffee. Sure, one can print a feature of their high school kid’s accomplishment or Grandma’s obituary. But yellowed newspaper clippings seem more appropriate than photocopies. Print media doesn’t depend on cable companies or $600 laptops.

Print reporting just may shrink another 40- or 70-fold. But if we are wise, we’ll each support print so that it’s always here to stay.

Melissa Chavez


Big story left out

Concerning The Tribune’s Top 10 Stories of 2010: I am compelled to use a line from Claude Raines: “I am shocked, shocked” to learn that a once-in-a-lifetime happening did not make the list!

I am referring to the miracle of Aug. 27, when a beyond lucky Morro Bay barber hit the Mega Millions Jackpot to the tune of $133 million, yet you have budget cuts ranked as story No. 2.

You had better make budget cuts the No. 2 story in 2011 as well, because I guarantee you, there will more budget cuts in 2011.

Another guarantee: There will never, I repeat, never be another $133 million winner in Morro Bay. The Oakland Raiders will move to San Luis Obispo before that ever happens again!

King Bollong

Morro Bay

A gold mine

I have an idea. I think Morro Bay is sitting on a gold mine. Why not develop the power plant smoke stacks as a tourist attraction?

The plant is hardly ever used to produce power and it sits in a prime tourist location. How good would the view be from the top? Why not use it for bungee jumping and maybe zip-lining over to Morro Rock?

The place could easily become a world-class destination for adventures of this type. I will be amongst the throngs watching from the Embarcadero eateries.

­Dan Salyer

Los Osos