Think of a rink
Atascadero should consider permitting an ice skating rink. The vacant El Camino Real lot owned by the Hoff family would be an ideal location (see the recent article titled, “Developer pulls plug on theater showdown,” Feb. 14).
The bowling alley I used in high school is long gone and the high volume on the temporary ice rinks in previous years indicates a keen interest in this sport.
Skills gained in ice hockey and figure skating build confidence and self- esteem, plus the physical exertion combats obesity. An ice rink is a great place for people of any age, especially teens, to socialize and “hang out” in a safe, supervised environment.
A nonprofit association is building an ice rink in Goleta on donated property (visit www.iceinparadise.com) and the rink is expected to pay for itself. UCSB students will provide skating instruction and ticket prices will be kept low to make it affordable.
While thrift stores serve a purpose, I believe a permanent ice rink would put Atascadero on the map for residents and tourists alike. Right now, the closest ice skating is in Oxnard or San Jose. Atascadero would be a very cool place to ice skate, especially in the summer!
Suzette Murray Lees
San Luis Obispo
Great melting pot
Before 1954, when I learned to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, the phrase “under God” was not in the pledge. We were also taught in school that the United States of America was a melting pot of all kinds of people with all kinds of different views.
That’s what has made this country so great. The separation of church and state is necessary to maintain harmony in this great melting pot of a country.
The phrase “under God” should be taken back out of the Pledge of Allegiance or we should allow each citizen to incorporate his own god into the pledge. We could accept “under Allah,” “under Buddha,” “under Confucius” or any other god that someone believes in.
I, for one, plan to keep reciting the Pledge of Allegiance as I learned it, with no gods in it.
I support peace with Israel through face-to-face negotiations in the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict.
Israel has always done its best to bring peace by giving in, giving land and protecting citizens.
I implore, no pray, that there will be a resolution with the least amount of conflict.
Thanks for flag
At last, we finally got a new flagpole and a new flag to fly proudly over the Shell Beach post office.
I want to thank Vinny and the supervisors at the Pismo Beach main post office for helping to get this accomplished.
James E. Witt
Greece, Spain and now Wisconsin; the fall of socialism is at hand. The world economy can no longer bear the onerous load put upon it by social programs.
Nor can the economy any longer withstand the stratospheric pensions, benefits and wages of government workers. This includes teachers unions and police unions that are robbing the taxpayer blind through binding arbitration.
Get rid of the arbitration and let them strike and hit the streets like private unions must do. We can take care of ourselves. If they are forced to fight for what they bargain for, the wages of public employees will tend to fall in line with the private worker who, by the way, pays the public employees’ wages.
I urge private workers to watch the public employees protests carefully and decide, should we continue to meet their demands when they live in the biggest house on the block?