Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 5/26

Not a charity fund

This letter is regarding the President’s May 19 speech about the Middle East.

Charity begins at home, and our “home” is our homeland — the USA.

President Obama told us that we must invest in (give our money to) Egypt so it won’t “be saddled with the debts of its past.”

How about America’s debts of the present? Allow Congress to “stabilize and modernize” our own economy, by cutting all the waste and corruption from our budget. Then all the president has to do is sign the budget.

He can do it “transparently,” and no one will know.

We are charitable with our fellow Americans first. After we get our homeland working with dignity, then we can afford to be charitable with the world.

Those Americans who want to send their personal dollars to foreign countries can do that, but our government must not act as an intermediary charity fund with our tax dollars. That’s unconstitutional!

Joanie Brown

San Luis Obispo

Dreaming again

It is my opinion that our country’s government has been an oligarchy (government by few for the benefit of few) rather than a representative democracy (government by all for the benefit of all) because we, as a nation, have completely failed to teach our children — many of them potential voters today — the importance of civic education and the need to go vote, no matter who runs for office.

Imagine, for a minute, if suddenly this country was faced with a voter turnout of 90 percent or higher for any election, general or otherwise. It would be a real nightmare for politicians, because they would suddenly realize that the country is paying close attention. Imagine further that the average voter, age 18 or older, was well informed and politically engaged, ready to fact-check anything presented by either side. Wow! What a different outcome we would have! I am dreaming again.

Fabrizio Griguoli

Shell Beach

Bike day response

In celebration of May Bike Month, Ocean View Elementary in Arroyo Grande hosted a Bike to School Day. The response was both overwhelming and encouraging with more than 160 students and teachers using their bicycles as transportation to school that day.

I would like to thank Kelsie Greer, program coordinator for Rideshare, and Dan Rivoire from SLO County Bicycle Coalition for their support; members of the Arroyo Grande Police Department for their visibility and traffic supervision; and the many parents of Ocean View who helped make the day safe, fun and successful.

Trish Wilson

Arroyo Grande

God only knows

With all due respect to Rev. Harold Camping and his followers, no one should make predictions as to when the world will end and the Rapture will occur, because there is only one divine entity that knows for sure when this will happen: that’s God (and he isn’t telling)!

Patrick Thomas

Pismo Beach

Airplane info

As a flight instructor and former airline pilot, I need to correct some misinformation in Steve Kobara’s May 18 letter on the subject of airplane noise and fuel economy.

I welcome both turboprop and turbofan airliners — big or small — to San Luis Obispo, but turboprop airliners like the Canadair Q 400 are inherently more efficient. They are just as modern and fly nearly as fast as jets, while using a third less fuel per passenger. Digital noise-canceling technology gives the Q 400 a jet-quiet cabin (hence the Q). Single-aisle Boeing and Airbus planes are actually the least fuel efficient. True, turbofans don’t have prop noise, but they’re also much thirstier.

Jets are improving, but in point of fact, a six-seat light aircraft still consumes less fuel per passenger. Why? Because piston engines and propellers are inherently more efficient, while slower cruising speeds mean less fuel-consuming air drag.

Bruce Curtis

Los Osos

No good restaurants

As a fairly recent (November 2010) transplant to the Central Coast, I eagerly dived into the recent New Times’ “Best of ...” guide. Appreciating good food, I was particularly interested in the “Best Restaurants” section.

Is anyone surprised at my shock in reading that the best restaurant in my newly adopted town was ----- a fast-food chain? Not to take anything away from that chain, but every other city in the county had a real, sit-down-dinner-type restaurant in first (and usually second) place.

Maybe that’s why, when we choose to eat out, we almost always head to Morro Bay, Cayucos, SLO, Templeton or Paso. What will it take for my city of close to 30,000 people to create (and embrace) a good restaurant?

Joe Dervin