Something funny here
Gas prices are high, and that is a given fact. But, why are gas prices in the San Luis Obispo area the highest in the state and consistently so?
I lived in Pocatello, Idaho, in the 1970s and ’80s. At that time, gas prices were historically always higher in the Pocatello area. The gas station owners cited lame economic reasons for the high prices. Sound familiar?
Small country stations offered lower prices, even though the gas shipping terminal was in Pocatello and gas was trucked out from there. Everyone knew price fixing was the cause of the high prices.
Eventually The Idaho State Journal broke the story. Gas prices were being fixed. The culprits were arrested, tried, convicted and sent to prison.
One of the culprits was married to a colleague of mine. She was a grade school principal. She divorced him because of his public disgrace and dishonesty.
It does not make economic sense for gas prices in this area to consistently be higher than the rest of the state. My conjecture is that prices are being fixed in this area.
I challenge all of the cub reporters to find the culprits, as they did in Pocatello, and bring them to justice.
Thanks from Wellness
Wellspring Children’s Center would like to acknowledge a wonderful, giving community of people and businesses who helped to make the first annual Los Osos Family Fun Day a huge success.
We are grateful for the many hands that helped produce this fundraising event, as well as local businesses and organizations that contributed goods and services: Los Osos Christian Fellowship, Pleasant Inn Motel, Madonna Inn, Ocean Front Pizza, Sea Pines Golf Resort, Buona Tavola, Sub Sea Tours and Kayak, Chablis Harbor Cruises, Aloha Ice Cream, American Bounce House, Sarah Demolar of District 96 Salon, Cal Fire, Sheriff’s Department, Upper Crust Trattoria, Sandprints Photography, Voler Team Apparel, Shelley’s Surf Lessons, Good Tides Coffee House, Boer Canyon Delicacies, Sun West Screen Print, Starbucks, Albertson’s Morro Bay, Ralph’s Los Osos, Costco, Spencer’s Market in Morro Bay, Ruddell’s Smokehouse, Trader Joe’s and Mary Kay’s Amber Schaffner.
We extend our heartfelt appreciation to all who were a part of this wonderful day. Thank you.
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Disgusted with GOP
OK, I’m finally fed up and disgusted with my political party. I have been a Republican all my life, but the lack of support in the Senate by Republicans, on party lines, to end the tax breaks for Big Oil has finally driven me over the top. While Americans are struggling to come out of the Great Recession; our state and federal governments are struggling to balance their budgets; our national debt is through the roof and about to be raised again; and Big Oil is apparently about to (again) set new records for profits — we will apparently continue give them even more money in the form of continued tax breaks. The only problem Big Oil now seems to have is to find a bank with a vault big enough to hold all of its profits. Apparently the only way I can make my outrage known to the Republican leadership is to change my political affiliation. Congratulations, you have finally caused me to change 44 years of political affiliation.
Today, I will file to become an Independent. Maybe this will send the message that it is time for all political parties to stop playing partisan politics and do what is right for the American people.
See the connection?
For years, we have been saying the same thing that Cindy Price said in her letter of May 25. For the past several decades, almost every event for youth or any type of fundraisers included consumption of alcohol in some way or another. The youth are influenced by the adult behavior. So, do we wonder why our youth have drinking problems? Really? Aw, come on now!
Gary and Barbara Carlock
SARP can help
I was heartbroken to read of the recent rapes on and near Cal Poly. But what I found especially troubling was the repeated reporting of the state of the women when raped.
Of course, women should be diligent at reducing the risk of being assaulted (having a buddy system, staying sober, never leaving her drink, etc). However, no matter what risk-reducing behaviors girls and women engage in, the only person that can prevent a rape is the perpetrator! To not acknowledge this fact is to blame the victim. If you or anyone you know has been assaulted, the services of The Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention Center (SARP) are available 24 hours a day to help at (805) 545-8888.
Michelle Ritter-Taylor, Chair of the SARP Center
San Luis Obispo
Musical outlets help
On behalf of the San Luis Obispo County Probation Department, I would like to thank Deputy Sheriff Dale Anderson and the local chapter of Guitars Not Guns for their generous donation of six acoustic guitars to the county Juvenile Hall.
Since 1992, Guitars Not Guns has been providing guitars to minors at risk for delinquency all over the United States and Canada. The guitars will be used in the Juvenile Hall Guitar Program, a program in which Juvenile Hall staff members provide basic guitar lessons to detained minors. It is hoped that by providing a positive recreational outlet for minors, they will be less likely to reoffend and return to the Juvenile Hall.
I’d also like to thank Juvenile Services Officers Darby Lambrecht and Jeremy Griego, as well as Mental Health therapist Jim Pearce for their efforts in starting the Juvenile Hall Guitar Program.
Chief Probation Officer, San Luis Obispo County
Learn the issues
On May 17, the San Luis Obispo City Council voted to place two measures on special mail-in ballots on August 30, 2011. They are pension reform and the repeal of binding arbitration.
There is a considerable amount of information that must be disseminated to fully understand the reasons why the council introduced these measures, and what the consequences are if these measures are approved or rejected by the voters. There are several Internet sites that have been developed to help the voters reach an informed decision regarding these two extremely important measures. They are www.citizensforslo.org, www.slotruth.org and www.slochamber.org.
Please identify the values and principles that are most important to you, compare those to the two measures on the special all mail-in ballot and vote accordingly.
San Luis Obispo