Solar is forward-thinking
I had the opportunity last week to participate in a tour, put on by First Solar, of the proposed Topaz Solar Farm site off Highway 58 in the California Valley. About 25 of us were bused up to the farm site, where we visited the solar panel test site, were briefed on the scope and logistics of the project and listened to a biologist describe the steps being taken to mitigate adverse effects on local flora and fauna and enhance biodiversity.
By embracing and supporting the Topaz Solar Farm project, we dwellers in San Luis Obispo County can tangibly contribute to the necessary growth of renewable energies in our modern world. The Topaz Solar Farm will tie into the existing PG&E power grid, supplying enough clean energy to power 160,000 homes. It will provide economic benefits to our county in the form of construction and maintenance jobs, through the purchase of goods and services in support of the planning and construction effort — and through the spending by employees into our local economy.
Supporting this solar project is forward-looking. We owe it to ourselves, and we owe it to future generations.
Dave Van Mouwerik
San Luis Obispo
Library not a bargain
So according to “Blossoms for library staff” in the Bouquets and Brickbats section, The Tribune thinks the San Luis Obispo County Library’s decision to double its fees for reserving books is a bargain? I think 50 cents is a bargain and a dollar is a dollar.
The Tribune’s editorial writers probably have more dollars to spend than I do. Perhaps that’s why they think doubling fees on library users is OK.
I use the library a lot. I can’t remember the last time I bought a book at full price. I shop at Goodwill a lot, too. I get my health care from CHC, since I can’t afford health insurance.
I like having free libraries. When they charge me for a service, I hesitate to use it. Fifty cents didn’t seem like much, so I used their reservation system often. But since they bumped it up to a dollar, I haven’t reserved a single book.
Sure, it costs money for libraries to reserve books. It costs money to operate, but they don’t charge an admission fee. Maybe I shouldn’t give them ideas of what to charge for next.
Golf tournament thanks
On behalf of Central Coast Funds for Children, I would like to thank everyone who made our second annual golf tournament such a success, raising $5,000. Our tournament was held at the Monarch Dunes Challenge Course on a breezy May morning.
This golf tournament is one of several fundraising events held each year by CCFC to raise funds to help children with needs in San Luis Obispo County.
CCFC wishes to thank Monarch Dunes Golf Course staff, Denise Martin, all our players and volunteers and our hole sponsors: Alan’s Draperies, Black Horse Espresso and Bakery, Brown’s Shoe Fit Co., Burke Construction, Cole Motors, Pacific Oak Foreclosure Service, DocuTeam, Jim Haack & Deanna Richards of Edward Jones Investment, Excel Commercial Cleaning Inc., Express Employment Professionals, First American Title Company, Founder’s Bank, Kim & Company, La Clinica de Tolosa, Lance Parker, New York Life Insurance, Pepe Delgado’s, Rangel Enterprises, San Luis Ambulance, San Luis Dental Lab, San Luis Marble & Granite, San Luis Obispo Realty, Santa Lucia Bank and Twin Creeks Winery.
We are looking forward to another fun-filled golf tournament next year.
Leslie Rodman, co-chair
San Luis Obispo
Living like soldiers
Recently, I looked at a newspaper picture of female inmates in the San Luis Obispo County Jail. Did any readers or any of our elected officials have mothers, aunts, cousins, etc. who served voluntary in our military during World War II?
Those wonderful ladies lived in barracks during training and lived in similar barracks for the rest of their military service. They had no washing machines — just a brush and a bar of soap — no music and no radios, and mops, brushes and buckets of water kept their living quarters clean.
Convicted women in California seem to live a better life in jail than the homeless. Don’t inmates have free meals, medical treatment and warm clothes?
Oh how I hope the citizens of the Central Coast will look at the legal actions taken by our wonderfully skilled elected and appointed representatives. If those elected are trying to save us taxpayers money; why don’t they relieve the overcrowded jails and put inmates in tents inside barbed-wire compounds? Treat them just like World War II voluntary military recruits.
I also think the male inmates should be treated the same as WWII voluntary male military recruits. Why shouldn’t they live in tents in barbed-wire compounds?
Rather than other headlines, worry instead please, about the deviate plan from PG&E to charge ratepayers $2.5 billion to $5 billion to install SmartMeters to take hourly readings with more cumulative electromagnetic radiation load than all the home microwaves, cellphones, computers, Wi-Fi, TVs and even outside cell towers, etc.
Besides having about a 5 percent chance of helping anyone conserve electrical usage by these hourly readings that “you can follow on your computer,” the change-out of our electric meters opens up a whole new option for punitive peak rate billing, and even worse, cyber-piracy access to PG&E’s SmartMeter program. Consumer information was inadequate for this program already under way.
Sophisticated hackers will have no problem hacking into the PG&E hourly info stream. Because PG&E will be able to turn off your electricity remotely, imagine how a hacker could turn off the juice to one home or an entire neighborhood once someone hacks into the system. They could raise or lower readings remotely. Your phone calls to find out why you have been overbilled are already a nightmare.
I have never heard of a human meter reader doing anything but good work and deeds, many community pluses. And PG&E could bill every other month to save millions.
Sorry, but this is a bad idea. To charge ratepayers for it is an outrage. Oppose SmartMeters unless you want one more modern nightmare and possible hacking of your personal electrical grid in the near future.
We deserve better than SmartMeters’ garbage.