Let us be leaders
In his letter, Joseph J. Laraneta laments the county spending our money to fight climate change (“What people want,” Feb. 21). Something he claims is “obviously not scientific nor believed or wanted by the people.”
Must we go over this again? To claim that climate change is not scientific is just ignorance. Climate change has been studied for decades by scientists in numerous disciplines throughout the world, probably more than any other scientific topic. I think the only questions are how bad will it be and can we stop it?
However, Laraneta is correct when he writes that “government should be doing what the people want, which is to protect them and provide services they cannot do on their own.” I contend that people want fuel efficiency, clean air and less reliance on foreign oil.
The government should provide guidelines and benchmarks for these goals, then get out of the way. Let our engineers and businesses do what they do best, solve problems and make money. Let them innovate and succeed to enable our country to be leaders in conservation and smart energy.
Hear what’s ‘scientific’
In his letter to the editor, Joseph J. Laraneta complains the government should only do “what the people want” (“What people want,” Feb. 21). Do they want health? If so, then the government was right to take action against the tobacco companies. How about banning lead in gasoline when it was found to be harmful to health? How about clean air and clean water?
Today, we know we are dumping too much carbon dioxide into our air by burning fossil fuels. This is already adding further risks to our health, agriculture, water supplies and to the oceans.
I invite Laraneta and any others with even the tiniest chunk of an open mind to attend my talk at the AARP building in Atascadero on March 17 at 7:30 p.m. and hear what is (and what isn’t) “obviously not scientific.”
Disappointed in McCarthy
I am deeply disappointed with representation from Kevin McCarthy. Some of the recent votes in the House of Representatives are really outrageous. With the promise of concern for jobs, jobs, jobs, all we have seen is an attack on the middle-class people of this country.
Voting to kill funding for Planned Parenthood while giving millionaires a big tax break is not my idea of common sense. Doesn’t he know that killing family planning efforts will increase abortions, not decrease them? It attacks the health of many women who desperately need family planning services.
What are you thinking, McCarthy? The cuts so far suggested don’t even touch the deficit. Why not take a look at the huge Defense Department budget and find a few programs there that aren’t necessary? Why are you afraid of tackling that issue?
I’m pleased to inform you that the San Luis Obispo Planning Commission voted 4-0 to approve permitting of the 250-megawatt California Valley Solar Ranch proposed by SunPower.
SunPower is very appreciative of county staff and the Planning Commission for their hard work thoroughly evaluating the project. The approved project is designed to protect and conserve environmental resources while contributing significant economic benefits to the county. Some details:
California Valley Solar Ranch will provide for the protection of about 6,000 acres to offset project impacts and enhance and conserve species habitat.
California Valley Solar Ranch will deliver significant economic benefits to the county including the creation of more than 350 jobs, plus an estimated $315 million in direct and indirect expenditures and about $10 million in sales and property taxes.
California Valley Solar Ranch will avoid emissions of up to 333,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. That is equivalent to removing 49,000 cars from California’s highways annually.
California Valley Solar Ranch will help the state of California achieve its goal of sourcing 33 percent of power from renewable sources by 2020 and will advance the county’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and increase use of renewable energy.
SunPower Corporation director of corporate communications
Maintain the path
I enjoy staying in the hotels along Shell Beach Road. There are a lot of pretty places in the world, but none prettier than there. I like to walk. I was walking along the path that goes to Pirates Cove through a gated community. As I was walking along, I noticed how the fence had completely fallen apart in several places.
I saw some young men climbing over the fence. A woman came out of her home and asked the men if they had seen the sign saying, “Keep off bluff, no trespassing, private property.” They said they had, but they were locals and could do what they please.
Excuse me! Many paths have been worn on the bluff top, causing a lot of erosion. I asked the woman about the fence. She said that the homeowners pay to keep up the landscaping, but it is Pismo Beach’s responsibility to keep the path and fence up. Shame on Pismo Beach for not protecting this beautiful area.
I have seen the bluff top deteriorate in the six years I have been coming here. I would hate to lose this precious area. I love to walk along the path.
J. Bess Brown
Firefighters risk lives
Regarding Oscar Sheboygan’s letter to the editor titled, “Squirt smokers” (Feb. 15):
Are you really that big of an idiot? If you think the fire department doesn’t have anything to do other than ride around in a golf cart and squirt smokers, then you should ask someone whose home is on fire or perhaps a loved one who was in the home. Firefighters go in to try and rescue people they don’t even know.
Perhaps it’s a person involved in an automobile accident or someone stuck in a burning car or laying in the street. Better yet, when you have a life threatening emergency, call a clown. Don’t bother the fire department to deal with you when there are people in this world whose lives depend on a firefighter.
They risk their lives for strangers every day, even people like you.
I compared the effect President Barack Obama’s cutbacks in spending would have against his total budget to my household budget. It came out to something like this: My household spending budget is approximately $2,000 per month. Using the same ratio of his cutbacks vs. proposed budget, I would have to cut all the way back to $1,999.94 to arrive at the same ratio of spending cuts.
Gonna have to talk to the family about turning those lights off.
Ban leaf blowers
A single gas-powered leaf blower can emit as much pollution in one year as 80 cars. They are noisy, waste gas, are unhealthy for people, pets and plants, worsen allergies and asthma and irritate the lungs. Because they operate at such high velocities, leaf blowers stir up the mold, allergens and dust particles that otherwise have been tamped down by rain and decomposition.
And what about the poor person that is carrying this toxic time bomb around on their back without any protective gear? I can’t put little goggles and a face mask on my parakeets sunning themselves when the leaf blowers are out and about. Protective gear is not the answer. Outright banning is the only safe and sane thing to do.
Raking is good exercise. It doesn’t cost $4 a gallon or hit a deafening decibel level of 70 to 75. I would think the landscapers exposed to this kind of toxic, irritating, noisy, polluting lung irritant would be screaming bloody murder. I know I am.
Many cities with a concern for their residents and air quality have banned gas leaf blowers. So San Luis Obispo, what say you?
San Luis Obispo
Thank you, Elaine Thomas, for bringing attention to the wonderful series of classes titled, “A Taste of Islam” (“Equal time?,” Feb. 19). I have attended the two classes that have already been held. Both were also attended by standing room only crowds of more than 300 interested local citizens.
The classes have been extremely well taught and interesting, and when the series is complete, there will be 300 more people with a basic understanding of how a large percentage of the world’s people worships.
I was just thinking that it would be great if classes like this were held on other topics of interest to the community, as there has been such a tremendous response to this series.
Certainly, a series of classes on Christianity would be great, as well as Buddhism and Judaism classes. The more we know about our fellow humans, the better the chance is that we will someday be able to live in a peaceful world.
San Luis Obispo
I suppose it must be either carelessness or just bad judgment on your part, but your decision to print the photo of the robbery suspect with his inappropriate T-shirt clearly visible on the front of the local section and again on the website is in poor taste (Feb. 19). Not the vocabulary words I was planning on discussing with my children. I hope you learn something from this.
San Luis Obispo