Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 4/29

Is Donald a plant?

I think that Donald Trump has never been a Republican. In fact, I am beginning to think that Mr. Trump is nothing other than a Democratic plant aimed at inflicting irreversible damage to the Republicans. As I am writing these lines, I feel like a birther brilliant!

Fabrizio Griguoli

Shell Beach

Roll into Bikefest

It is time to dust off your bike after a long, rainy winter because Bike Month is right around the corner. Get the month started right by attending Bikefest 2011.

This year’s event will be held Saturday, May 7, at Branch Street Deli in the village of Arroyo Grande from 1 to 4 p.m.

Start the party off by joining us on a bike cruise around the village. We will be meeting at the bandstand on Nelson Street at 12:15. After the cruise, everyone will be heading to Branch Street Deli to listen to music performed by Moon Pie. Discount beverages will be available, as well as great food.

If you sign up for the Rideshare.org Commuter Challenge or become a new member of the Bike Coalition, you will become eligible to win a Felt Limited Edition New Belgium Brewing Company bicycle provided by the SLO Bike Coalition. Other great cycling prizes will be given away by Lezyne.com. So come join New Belgium Brewing, Lezyne, Ira’s Bike Shop, Rideshare, the SLO Bike Coalition and Surfrider at the third annual Bikefest. It is going to be a blast.

Jim DeCecco

Pismo Beach

Water deal is OK

I am a senior citizen on a fixed income. I took my actual water usage for 12 months and extended it out five years with the new water rates. Because I will no longer pay the $18 fixed amount, I will pay less per year for the next four years for the same amount of water. The fifth year I will pay $5.76 more per year or about 50 cents a month.

There are those who tell us only half the story, saying “our water rates are going up.” They are. They don’t tell us they are taking away the $18 a month fixed amount, which impacts low water users the most. Our actual water bill is going down.

Senior citizens: Check it out; we’ve got a good deal in the new water rates.

Irene St. Onge

Paso Robles

Grateful for care

On April 5, my husband, Dave Williams, was seen by Ann McNeil, nurse practitioner at Pacific Coast Physicians, who diagnosed his acute appendicitis. She referred us to the French Hospital emergency room, and he was admitted that day and operated on by Dr. Randolph Lawrence.

Dave and I want to thank everyone for the excellent and wonderful care we received each step along the way. Everyone was helpful, expedient, and skilled. We are particularly thankful to the respiratory therapist who diagnosed his post-recovery room problem. The nurses on the ward (room 215) were wonderful. Dr. Lawrence thoroughly explained everything and was right on target about the type of surgery Dave required. What could have been a nightmare for us was blessedly turned around by each and every one of you.

So many times we see articles or letters to the editor about mishandled medical care. Because of that, we felt compelled to send this letter of thanks and acknowledgment of the excellent care received from start to finish.

Pat and Dave Williams


Taxed too much

Current discussion concerning our crushing debt usually dissolves to whether we tax the rich enough.

I am, even by Mr. Obama’s standards, not part of the “rich.”

However, the following are just some of the taxes levied on me: My federal tax rate is 35 percent, the state rate is 9.5 percent. In addition, as a self-employed individual, I pay self-employment taxes of 15 percent.If that’s not enough, I pay property taxes, vehicle taxes, and 8.5 percent sales taxes on everything I purchase.

Then there are gas taxes and taxes on every utility I use.

When I read Paul Krugman’s drivel about the fact that we are not that heavily taxed, I wonder what world he is living in.

After learning that 47 percent of the people pay no taxes, I cannot be convinced that raising taxes on the producers to fund benefits for the non-producers is a good idea. Countries like France and Greece have tried that, and it didn’t work out very well for them.

Terry O’Farrell


Fundraising thanks

The Coast Union High Junior Class of 2012 recently hosted a spaghetti dinner that was a phenomenal success in raising money for this year’s prom and bolstering the Class of 2012’s funds.

This fundraiser was largely possible due to the generosity of our local businesses.

Many thanks to Allocco’s Italian Bakery for delicious homemade loaves, Cookie Crock Market and Cookie Crock Warehouse for its generous donations, French Corner Bakery for fresh-baked bread, Linn’s Restaurant for a tantalizing gift basket, and Soto’s Market, Trader Joe’s, and Vons for their earnest support!

A personal thank you to Debbie Kaperonis, who lent the pots and pans necessary to cook for all our hungry supporters.

This event has helped me realize how lucky we are to live in a community as generous as our own. In turn, the gesture can be reciprocated by shopping locally and patronizing the businesses that directly benefit our own community.

Eric Brunschwiler

Coast Union High School ASB Junior Treasurer