I had to smile when I saw the photo of the men protesting on the streets of Egypt having their hair cut by volunteer barbers (Feb. 8). Just goes to show the importance of hair and appearance to us humans, even in the midst of chaos and upheaval. I love it!
Council did its job
In his recent column titled, “People deserve to know why police chief left” (Feb. 8), Lon Allan states that former City Council member Mike Brennler “took a lot of flak because he constantly accused the city staff and some of his fellow council members of not being transparent, making back-room deals that had a slight odor and denied the public from knowing what was going on and why.”
Then Allan goes on to say that “too many government agencies hide behind the “personnel issue” and keep what should be “the people’s business from the people.”
Allan’s premise seems to be there is a back-room deal that is being hid from the public surrounding the settlement being paid to Atascadero police Chief Jim Mulhall. The fact is the city has released everything it can by law and it is forbidden by law from releasing the information Allan wants to know.
It is a cheap shot to say the City Council is not transparent or hiding when it is complying with state law. I can only imagine the article he would write if the City Council knowingly violated state law.
Former mayor of Atascadero
We now have a no-smoking ordinance in our community. Who is going to enforce it? Why should I call the police when there are other things they need to be doing other than enforcing a no-smoking ordinance. I would rather have our police department working on more serious crimes than smoking.
Why not call the fire department? They have nothing else to do. We could give them a red golf cart with a squirt gun. They could patrol public areas and squirt offenders in the face. This would be a good use of tax money, and it would give someone something to do.
San Luis Obispo
A true Cubs fan
Every September, in my case since 1946, Chicago Cubs fans, with sorrow in their hearts say, “Just wait till next year.” Well, next year is here!
As I write this, Cubs fans across the country look forward with hope and optimism for the coming season. I only hope that this coming September we will not have to say once more, “Wait until next season.”
San Luis Obispo