Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 4/17

Take our money, please

The newspaper and TV news keep telling us that gas prices will hit $4 a gallon, and bam! Just like that they did.

So I would like to take this time to thank the oil companies, Wall Street and the Republicans for allowing gas prices to rise out of control and take food money away from our household, my kids’ household and my grandkids.

In time of a crisis, the rich get greedy.

Jim Grooms


Stop the SLO blight

There was recently a proposal before the San Luis Obispo City Council to spend about $600,000 to beautify two or three blocks of downtown. What good is beautifying downtown and having ugly, ugly neighborhoods?

The Tribune editorial of March 17 panning the city’s trash ordinance was not helpful at all.

I defy anyone who is not in favor of this ordinance to ride all around the city and take a good look at the blight in our neighborhoods.

Not removing trash cans from the streets can be a safety hazard when they lie horizontally and vehicles must drive around them.

Too often, these cans sit out in the street for weeks at a time. And all over town, these trash recepticals take up parking spaces.

If the public no longer wants the trash can ordinance, then neighborhoods will remain as ugly as they are now.

It is sad that property owners do not have enough pride to take care of their properties on their own in this matter.

This would be a good time for landlords to put this matter in their leases before they get fined or need to pass a fine on to their tenants.

Naoma Wright

San Luis Obispo

Get on the bandwagon

Psssst, you on the couch there — yah you — I have something that can get you off that couch and into the mountain air.

Its called SLO Skiers. That’s right: It’s a ski club whose members are skiers of all levels. The club can get you to the finest of ski areas for the cheapest prices you will ever pay.

As a member of the club, I just went to Aspen/Snowmass ski area for half the price I would have paid had I attempted it on my own.

The club, although primarily a ski club, also dabbles in hiking, biking, parties, etc. Its members are male, female, married and single.

So what — are you waiting for me, bucko? Get off that couch and contact the club at www.sloskiers.org. 

Mike Morgan

Los Osos

Really frightening

As scary as Bonnie Wamsley’s poem about waters and crows is (“No wings to fly,” March 30), allow me to add my humble effort in an attempt to get really scary:

“Did you hear them? Did you hear the cackling of the unions as the swamp of noncongressional, bureaucratic Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Communications Commission, Obamacare, et al regulations closed around the people? ‘Watch us’, they said, ‘it’s easy — reach out and grab a waiver!’ But the people had no voice in Chicago or Washington, and were not allowed to get waivers, and could not escape the choking mass of freedom-killing regulations tightening around them. Fortunately, many people were unaware of the danger, and went peacefully into the morass. But they too were consumed when the unions returned to feast.”

Jon A. Hartz, Sr.

Arroyo Grande

Shelter thanks

On behalf of the staff of the Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the young ladies of Sigma Omega Nu at Cal Poly.

These ladies worked diligently for many months to coordinate the 2nd Annual Walk Away From Intimate Partner Violence, held April 2. This successful event raised more than $1,000 in funds to help support the programs at the Women’s Shelter, as well as raised awareness about the serious problem of intimate partner violence in our community. Their hard work will make a real difference for the agency and serves to remind us all that the students at Cal Poly can have a profoundly positive impact on the community as a whole.

Erin White

Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County

Smiling appreciation

Give Kids A Smile is an annual initiative of the American Dental Association to provide dental care and education to low-income children.

On March 5 and 26, two such clinics were held at La Clinica de Tolosa in Paso Robles. As a result, a total of 51 children, referred by school nurses and several collaborating agencies, received a comprehensive exam, X-rays and necessary treatments including cleanings, fillings and extractions. Dental supplies were donated by Henry Schein, Kerr, 3M ESPE, Septodont and Kavo.

On behalf of Partnership for the Children of San Luis Obispo County board of directors, I would like to thank doctors Deborah Amorteguy, Duffy DeGraw, Martin Dunne, James Forester, Lee Hollister, Giancarlo Lauriente, Ian Leopold, Brack Linscott, Craig Main, Irma Perez Martinez, Dan Solomon and Theron Stout; dental hygienists Joyce Helmintoller and Angela Kentosh; dental assistants Anid, Kari, Emma, Laurel, Wendi, Izabel, Cristina, Veronica, Leslie and Hailey; interns from Alan Hancock Dental Assisting Program Kelly, McKenna, Katie and Tiffany; and La Clinica de Tolosa’s front office staff, Mario, Jeanne, Angie and Stephanie.

Although volunteerism and charity care alone will not solve the problem of access to care, efforts like this certainly help make a difference.

Barbara Nicholson

Executive director of Partnership for the Children of San Luis Obispo County

Joetopia on the ball

Kudos to Joe Tarica for his April 2 article regarding excessive state agencies!

It is about time that someone reveals the excessive and usually redundant “agencies, boards, divisions, commissions, task forces, services, committees, offices departments, units, programs, and partnerships” that exist in Sacramento.

Joe and the Tribune should follow up on this by printing a list of these boards, committees, etc., along with their respective operating budgets.

You could then conduct an opinion poll among your readers as to which of these units should be immediately abolished. These redundant units should be eliminated before any funds are taken from our education system.

The people would revolt if they knew of the total waste of tax money that continually takes place in Sacramento.

Stanley D. Schaffer

Arroyo Grande