Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 1/28

Not just for soccer

In your article titled, “San Luis Obispo residents outline what matters to them” (Jan. 13), you twice mentioned that the Damon-Garcia Sports Complex were “soccer fields.” The truth of the matter is that they are also rugby fields.

Lief McKay, chairman of the San Luis Obispo Rugby Football Club, Inc. Board of Directors, also spoke toward the need “to improve the turf conditions to allow for more play time.”

When I was a soccer dad and helped to get youth and high school soccer started in San Luis Obispo “back in the day,” rugby in San Luis Obispo had already been in existence for more than a decade. As a matter of fact, it was San Luis Obispo Rugby that first pushed for the Damon-Garcia Sports Complex, before youth soccer got on board to promote the concept.

San Luis Obispo Rugby Football Club, Inc. is a unified organization of youth, high school and adult men and women athletes. Cal Poly also has a great history of rugby. Rugby was well represented at the City Council forum held Jan. 12.

Thanks for your continued positive coverage on community action.

Terry W. Conner

San Luis Obispo Rugby Football Club Inc. executive director

Thanks for words

An answer to LaVerne Hawkinson’s letter to the editor titled, “Thanks for cooking” (Jan. 10):

We want to thank you for the nice words about the food delivery you receive every day. We are very glad that we are able to help you in your time of need and just want you to know that the Senior Nutrition Program serves and delivers to you and 1,900 other seniors in our county nutritious, well-balanced hot lunches daily through a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers.

We are glad to have you in our program and to assist you in staying strong and healthy.

Elias Nimeh

Senior Nutrition Program


Regarding the letter titled, “Too bad for Booth” (Jan. 15): I presume the author’s message is that words don’t have influence. If so, I must question why he wrote his letter.

J.B. Thomas

Arroyo Grande

Main remembered

My favorite memory of Joanne Main is the rumba she did with Miguel Figueroa at the Atascadero Friends of the Library fundraiser, Dancing With Our Stars, in 2010. Main had assured us that she was not a dancer, but she embraced our expansion campaign and was willing to be part of our event, even if it meant stepping outside her comfort zone.

This attitude typifies the kind of person Main was. She was always willing to help and always willing to be part of the process. She was regularly helpful to the Friends of the Library and played a prominent part in bringing our cause to the community.

And it is also typical of Main that her dance was a show-stopper. She was radiant and her smooth, elegant dancing was wonderful to watch. We will miss this talented, bright woman, a cheerleader for us and for the community that she loved.

Grenda Ernst

Atascadero Friends of the Library president

Who’s at helm?

Paso Robles is cutting police services, the state has hiring and pay freezes, the governor wants to cut services and the new president of Cal Poly is going to make more than $350,000 per year. Who’s steering this boat?

Jim Lemmon

Paso Robles

Words, consequences

Some radical right extremists are stating that either flat-out statements or inferences that words have consequences is a move by the pot-smoking liberal left to deny people their First Amendment rights of free speech, thereby attempting to bring down our American form of government and subvert the Constitution. 

Who would have thought that the author of the Book of Proverbs, written some 2,700 years ago, was actually a pot-smoking liberal lefty attempting to deny Americans their First Amendment rights of free speech. Amazing, is it not?  Proverbs 15-1: “A mild answer calms wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” 

In short, words have consequences.

Shirley Bianchi


Demonizing cartoon

The Tribune ran a political cartoon in the newspaper on Jan. 21 titled, “Recklessness.” In the cartoon, Republican Party members of Congress are portrayed with axes, pitchforks and torches, wild eyes, crazy hair, running around Washington, D.C., burning hospitals and the Capitol.

I thought that with the recent tragedy in Arizona, we were going to dial down the political rhetoric, on both sides of the aisle. The Tribune’s running of this cartoon does just the opposite. It is just the type of over-the-top exaggeration/demonization that causes the vitriol level we have experienced with our politics.

I know The Tribune buys into the conservative-equals-evil mindset, so choosing to run this cartoon was not surprising. But show some class, people. This type of hate speech hurts everyone.

Until we dial down the rhetoric and act like we mean it, we will make little progress in this country. The editors of The Tribune should be ashamed.

Gary Stitch


Outlandish claims

Victor Davis Hanson, holder of a doctorate from Stanford University and possessor of an endowed fellowship from the same prestigious institution, discourages the current crop of parents from spending to send their offspring to elite colleges (“The loud passing of the old order,” Jan. 27).

According to Hanson, trade schools now turn out people with skills, so why spend money needlessly when students will just graduate with massive debt and probably be unemployed to boot?

Earth to Hanson: private, for-profit trade schools also “graduate” students with massive debt. The colleges are designed to make money, hence the term “for profit.” And their graduates often experience even higher unemployment.

Hanson can tout all of the wealthy, celebrity non-college graduates he wants, but the facts remain clear. In this depressing economy, the unemployment rate for college graduates last year stood at slightly more than 5 percent, compared to 10 percent for those with less education.

Given this reality (and his background), why would Hanson make such outlandish claims? Those dratted tenured professors teach students to think critically, ask questions and see the larger world in complex, rather than simplistic, terms. No good can come of that.

Kathleen A. Cairns

Paso Robles