Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 4/10

Achadjian praised

Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian should be applauded for standing up to the tsunami of mass hysteria calling for the immediate suspension of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant license renewal application. By continuing the process, any significant safety issues can be identified sooner rather than later.

Nowadays, it is becoming less and less common to find representatives at either the state or national level who exhibit a similar degree of intelligence and character, especially when facing such a chorus of strident voices.

William Bojduj

Pismo Beach

Give the discount

In regards to the March 31 letter “No Discount?”— my question is regarding the clerk: It’s possible they didn’t have the authority to change company-mandated policy on their own, in order to give a military discount on the weekend.

However, they could have said “Let me check with the powers that be” before saying “no” to a discount for our servicemen. Do you think they stop fighting for us on Fridays? They don’t take the weekend off! Any military discounts should not be restricted on weekends.

I am curious as to who the owner of the hotel is and what their response is to this situation. My mother owned and managed a local motel for more than 10 years, and I am sure she would have “comped” the room completely. I think that is the least we could do for our local servicemen and women.

Jean Coho

Arroyo Grande

CAPS applauded

I would like to call your attention to a wonderful, community-minded group called CAPS, or Committee for Atascadero Public Schools. The group was founded four years ago with 40 active volunteers who meet monthly to plan and execute a fun-filled night consisting of dining, dancing and auctions.

Many charitable people attend this event and have raised $224,558 to go toward teacher-requested grants for their classrooms.

This year, I received a grant for musical instruments for my classroom. Other grant recipients have received dance costumes, school gardens, sets of books for libraries, geometers, projectors and document cameras, field trips, as well as a special contribution toward band uniforms.

It is these economically hard times in which we should especially acknowledge their hard work and efforts to make public education the shining star in a free society. A good, free public education is the basis of a democracy and we should strive to keep it that way. Many thanks to this organization for continuing to support that goal!

Susan Seliskar

Atascadero

Organizer’s great job

Just got back from the Santa Margarita Wild Flower Festival and learned a lot about the area while having great fun and good food. It was held in the Antique Sale Barn. 

Jill Gallagher did a wonderful job of organizing these festivities. Go, Jill, Go.   

Linda Wedel

Cayucos

Hooray for ugly cans

I was happy to have it pointed out to me by Bob Cuddy and The Tribune editorial staff that our hardworking City Council members have passed another ordinance to keep all of us garbage-container scofflaws in line.

I have no doubt there are a few neighborhoods that have an issue with garbage containers; but surely not everyone in the entire city. No way. This ordinance is just one more way for the city to paint everyone (using an approved city color) with the broad brush of conformity and to raise city revenues.

Since the city mandates garbage collection for all, why not mandate that garbage containers be aesthetically pleasing to view? I know the shape and colors of the containers I was given do not go well with the design and hues the city said I had to choose from for my home. This could really bother me, but I choose to be a happy person in one of the happiest places in North America.

Why can’t we all be happy and appreciate the beauty around us, and quit with these ridiculous, repressive and redundant laws and ordinances?

Herb Alloway

San Luis Obispo

Argument hardly works

In the April 4 letter “Racism a problem,” five Cal Poly professors tell us that we must combat embedded institutional racism and promote diversity because some nut burned a cross on a multiracial family’s lawn. But this is like saying that we must root out communism in the State Department because some nut assassinated Kennedy. The simplest way to explain the data is always the best: If we can explain the cross burning without institutionalized racism, then there is no reason to invoke it, or to endorse the liberal agenda these professors prescribe as its cure.

A. C. W. Bethel

Cal Poly professor emeritus of philosophy, Arroyo Grande

Hazard of public sector unions

Bill Bianchi (Letters, April 1) misstated the impact of the Citizens United decision. The Supreme Court did not allow corporations to make unlimited donations to politicians. The ban on corporations (and unions) funding politicians still stands. Citizens United merely allowed corporations (and unions) to spend their own money to independently advocate for the defeat or election of a particular candidate — a situation that was already the law of the land in California regarding state and municipal elections.

The problem that many in the public are beginning to have with public sector unions is that by their very existence they create a moral hazard. Public employee unions, when they become powerful enough, effectively hire their own bosses (elected officials.) Their bosses are then indebted to them and therefore give them more in salary and benefits, to the detriment of the taxpayers. Instead of having two opposing sides with competing interests bargaining, you have “management” and labor conspiring to screw the public.

If a member of the public dislikes how a corporation is lobbying the government, they can stop buying that company’s products or divest themselves of that company’s stock. The same cannot be done when it is the government effectively lobbying itself.

Matthew Hoy

San Luis Obispo

Company is not bipartisan

What is the purpose of hiring ordinary citizens to sit on the redistricting panel to make decisions on drawing the map lines for 177 legislative, congressional and Board of Equalization districts that are drawn up by any company that has interests in either the Democratic or the Republican Party? I think I smell a rat here!

Who is overseeing the company that draws the maps? Commissioner Jeanne Raya, a Democrat, says she has not detected bias or criticism with the choice of hiring Q2 Data and Research that was involved with the controversial 1981 redistricting — but it is inevitable there will be criticisms. Duh! 

Of course it is inevitable if the map company is in any way connected with either party or had previous connections with the drawing of political districts. This is supposed to be a bipartisan effort. How can that be, if the same company that gerrymandered the previous lines is involved? Come on California — do you care? Where is your outrage!

Joan LeGrand

Arroyo Grande

Sad about Muzio’s

I am very sorry to read about Muzio’s Grocery & Deli closing. I regularly visit San Luis Obispo from the Midwest. For years, one of my most favorite, looked-forward-to pleasures has been to pick up a turkey and brie on a baguette from Lori Miller and her friendly staff. It saddens me to think that I won’t be able to do that any more.

Missy Williams

Jerseyville, Ill.

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