Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 1/20

Two simple steps

If the city of San Luis Obispo and the county are serious about being green, there is no need to wait for renewables to come online and new programs to be developed. Two simple steps taken now would quickly demonstrate our leadership.

The first is to require businesses to close their doors when the heater or air conditioner is operating. The natural push back is that stores will look less inviting, but not if it is universally applied.

The second is to ban outdoor space heaters. I often wondered about our “green credential” when we try so hard to heat the planet one square meter at a time.

I respectfully request our supervisors and City Council act now on these two simple green ideas.

John Handy

San Luis Obispo

Move toward future

On Jan. 14, the White House moved to make it easier for United States schools, churches and cultural groups to visit Cuba. President Barack Obama is to be commended for taking a bold step toward changing a failed and unjust policy.

The travel prohibition to Cuba has been an infringement upon Americans’ rights (contrary to our ideals and national best interests). Without American travelers visiting Cuba, the only “American” idea that most Cubans are exposed to on a daily basis is the United States’ punitive economic embargo.

Giving Americans the freedom to travel anywhere and to exchange with anyone, regardless of whether or not the two governments get along, is the right thing to do. And, in the case of Cuba, now is the time to do it.

Congress must take a cue from President Obama and move United States/Cuba policy out of the Cold War and toward a brighter future.

Delvis Fernandez Levy

San Luis Obispo

A man of honor

Regarding Joe Tarica’s column blasting our Assemblyman, Katcho Achadjian, for being a man of principles and displaying them in his position on no new California taxes (“So far, he’s no Jack, Sam or Abel,” Jan. 15):

Achadjian has always placed principles above politics. Once he voted in opposition to my position, but he proved to be right, because he does not test the political wind before speaking (or signing a pledge). We are fortunate to have a man of honor and virtue representing us in our crippled state. He has not “changed his stripes”!

Tarica writes, “many taxpayers are grossly uninformed.” Evidently, enough of us are informed about our candidates to choose those who represent our best interests, at least we did in electing Achadjian.

Joanie Brown

San Luis Obispo

JFK always missed

In June of 1960, John F. Kennedy was nominated in Los Angeles to run for president of the United States. My then 18-month-old daughter, Therese, and I drove to LAX in hopes of seeing him before he went home.

LAX had a circular driveway in front and as we were walking, a white Cadillac pulled up and stopped. Inside were John and Robert Kennedy. John rolled down the car window to talk to us.

He was very handsome and charismatic and so very friendly. I told him how much I admired him and that this was my first time voting (I was then 21 years old). He patted my child on the knee and told her he had a daughter also.

I was so surprised and delighted to be so close to him and to talk to him with no one else around. To me, this was a lifetime experience that I will never forget.

It is hard to believe it has been 50 years since he became president. He will always be missed.

Penny Gillan

San Luis Obispo

Time for reform

In 1775, Thomas Paine wrote in “Common Sense” that “the elected might never form to themselves an interest separate from the electors.”

If that were true today, members of the federal government would have the same health care and retirement benefits that we, the electors, have.

Time for congressional reform!

Doug Ward

Grover Beach


Bill Weitkamp (“Too bad for Booth,” Jan. 15) is correct that radio talk shows and TV could not have incited John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln, but there are similarities between his act and the attack on Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson.

Both incidents were premeditated and caused by apparently deranged individuals who were becoming increasingly disturbed by the state of their country. Both killers were witnesses to a deeply divided nation. And, perhaps most importantly, both had easy access to a gun.

Valerie Endres

San Luis Obispo

Not good enough?

A simple question for Congress as the House of Representatives votes on repeal of the Affordable Care Act:

If government-managed health insurance is good enough for you, why isn’t it good enough for me?

Daniella Sapriel