Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 6/24

Top-notch care

I want to share with the citizens of Arroyo Grande the very positive experience my wife and I recently had at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH). The hospital provided top-notch care for my wife and turned around a life-threatening situation. AGCH is a community resource of which we can all be proud.

The nurses in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) diligently monitored the machines that were recording my wife’s heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen level and more, and were quick to intervene with assistance when a problem was identified, before it could worsen. They were continuously focused on ensuring that her body was supported in reaching an equilibrium that would allow her recovery. They were fastidious in washing their hands, wearing gloves and maintaining the highest level of hygiene. They were patient in explaining and re-explaining, both to my wife and me, what to expect when different interventions were introduced.

I was impressed the nurses were insistent that my wife was meant to get well and that they persistently urged her to do her very best in striving for her recovery. They never allowed complacency, but instead promoted always reaching forward toward greater recovery and health. We felt like we were in good hands with the nurses of the ICU.

Ken Craig

Arroyo Grande

Choosing friends

It is surprising and a little sad that Central Coast state Sen. Sam Blakeslee, who has been an effective and courageous advocate for seismic safety at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, would want to team up with Andy Caldwell, who only days ago chastised the Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors for expressing much the same concerns to the NRC as Blakeslee has.

Senator, it seems to me that if you are choosing among friends on this issue that is critical to our community, you’re better off with supervisor Adam Hill than you are with someone who would rather tear people down than protect our health and safety.

Linda Seeley

San Luis Obispo

Bookstore nostalgia

I was saddened recently when I pulled a book off my shelf and found a bookmark inside from The Novel Experience. Jim and Christine did everything they could over the years to remain viable.

If you wanted a book that wasn’t in stock, they would obligingly order it to be at the store in a matter of days. They offered savings on books on the New York Times best-seller lists and were always happy to make personal recommendations. Unfortunately, even after downsizing, they still couldn’t be competitive.

We may have made a list for happiest place in America, but it doesn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy to lose some mom-and-pop-owned favorites. The other one I mourn closing is Country Culture, where Norma served generous helpings of yogurt.

Thank you, Hills, for adding to the charm and character of the downtown for all of the years that you were in business.

Wren Mead

San Luis Obispo

Unjustified comments

San Luis Obispo Supervisor Adam Hill’s racist accusations against Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business (COLAB), Andy Caldwell and Central Coast state Sen. Sam Blakeslee are typical of the unjustified, falsified comments from people like Mr. Hill. Class-act entertainer Steve Bridges impersonates celebrities, but according to Mr. Hill, if the impersonation subject is President Obama, Steve Bridges, and any who associate with him, are racists.

No one accused Tina Fey of being racist when she continually and insultingly impersonated Sarah Palin. President George Bush was often mimicked by impersonators, by botching a few simple phrases, but no racist accusations were ever made.

Mr. Hill is a pathetic example of those who use unjustified diatribe and vitriol against anyone who does not share their liberal and progressive political views.

Bob Martz


Apology in order

The definition of “racist” in the dictionary is “an advocate of racism.” It’s hard for me to understand why our elected supervisor, Adam Hill, would use this word so haphazardly and slander another person and organization. I think an apology is in order.

Gerry Johnson

San Luis Obispo

Hill showed guts

Unfortunately, I have seen the kinds of racist emails that get passed around by some of the hardcore conservatives in our county who belong to Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business (COLAB). They range from birtherism to monkey photos.

Of course, this has become a staple of what is regarded as “humor” among some in the “GOP.” Maybe Central Coast state Sen. Sam Blakeslee realized he didn’t want to be associated with such hateful stuff. If so, kudos to him, and kudos to Adam Hill for having the guts to call it to his attention.

Tom Murray

Arroyo Grande

Fun raising funds

Teens At Work, a project of THE LINK, would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Atascadero Kiwanis Club for the barbecue fundraiser they provided for us at the Children’s Day in the Park event last month.

Not only did they donate the food, with help from Food 4 Less, but a group of the most energetic, fun-loving and hardworking Kiwanis Club members cooked and served it to hundreds of festival attendees. Their efforts resulted in proceeds of $1,000 to benefit Teens At Work!

Our teens got to work alongside the Kiwanis group, and everyone had a great time. Who knew raising money could be so much fun?

Program director, Teens At Work, Atascadero