Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, July 3

We want Best Buy, Costco

I recently heard the Golden Hills Plaza is close to filling in their last anchor tenets. And to my shock, Best Buy was not on their list. One of their possibilities is a grocery store. I am not excited at all about seeing a grocery store at Golden Hills Plaza. I don’t know about everyone else, but I go to Golden Hills Plaza for everything but groceries. I get groceries at the closest market.

Paso Robles already has one of each of the main grocery stores. And I’m not missing Ralphs. And Trader Joe’s is in Templeton. I’m doubtful they will be putting in a Whole Foods Market. The only two retailers I would really like to see in Paso Robles are Costco and Best Buy. I think we need to let them know, Paso wants them.

So when you have a chance, go in to Best Buy and Costco and let them know you wish there was one in Paso Robles. Write them a letter or let the people at Golden Hills Plaza know. The shopping center owners have a website with their contact information. Or let the city government know.

It’s our community and our area and it’s up to the residents to decide its fate.

David Pecci


Chickens are bear bait

So it’s the bear’s fault for eating those chickens? The last time I checked, raising chickens in a residential area was not allowed.

Let’s enforce our ordinances. In this case, it would have given the bear one less reason to enter that area.

Sil Cadenasso

San Luis Obispo

Business ruining sports

Oh my, what a shame, another disaster in the sports world now that the NBA (as well as the NFL) has chosen to lock out the players because of failed negotiations.

I am old enough to remember when sports was a game and not big business, as it is today. The owners who have to be multimillionaires to begin with in order to own a sports franchise have brought this on themselves. They are greedy, as are the players who, in my opinion, are grossly overpaid. I understand that it is all about winning, but where does it all end? Los Angeles lost its most recent two NFL teams because the owners wanted to enhance their existing fortunes with brand-new, billion-dollar stadiums, which is not about winning, but just plain old greed. It’s a sad day for sports.

Patrick Thomas

Pismo Beach

Support Johnson plan

It is good to see that former Mayor Dave Romero is still active in the community, after seeing his letter to the editor June 1. Dave, a longtime friend of the automobile, was concerned that changes to Johnson Avenue would make it confusing and inconvenient for motorists. However the issue at hand is one of safety, not convenience.

Currently, traffic on Johnson must merge at the point of a blind intersection at Buchon Street. There have been numerous accidents at this location, including one fatality.

Inbound traffic in the left lane is forced to turn onto Pismo Street and into a residential area. In the last five years, there have been more than seven accidents involving cars and property in this area.

The proposed plan has inbound traffic merging prior to the blind intersection, while also making the turn onto Pismo an option for motorists.

While Romero was mayor, the detailed plan was unanimously approved by City Council. I urge you to support this plan.

Making San Luis Obispo a safer place to live is in the best interest of all, motorists and residents alike.

Dave Kuykendall

San Luis Obispo

Use ‘flex’ funds for jobs

OK, let me get this straight. Lucia Mar Unified School District school board approves a contract extension with Superintendent Jim Hogeboom that will last through June 2015. Knowing that the board has also approved layoffs and program cuts, the paper is quick to point out that Hogeboom’s salary will remain unchanged at $164,560.

But wait, there’s more. The board also voted to allow Hogeboom increased flexibility with $20,000 he receives for “supplemental professional growth.” What is this increased flexibility? Well, it seems that the $20,000 can now be placed in a personal retirement account, or used to “buy” additional years toward his state retirement.

I don’t know about you, but being handed an extra $20,000 per year sure sounds like a raise. Is this a onetime event, or will Hogeboom get the same deal every year of his contract? Shame on you, Mr. Hogeboom, for lining your pockets at the expense of lost positions and valued programs.

Do the right thing and use this “flexible” money to save someone’s job.

J. Williams

San Luis Obispo

Don’t coddle prisoners

Why are we paying to keep so many convicted criminals on death row for 10, 20 or even 30 years? They were found guilty. They should be limited to one appeal. Done.

Taxpayers voted for the death penalty, so use it. Clean house. Texas doesn’t keep death row inmates on the books that long.

Arizona makes prison inmates work without TV or air conditioning and doesn’t have too many repeat offenders.

Why do we continue to pamper those who knowingly broke the law? Who’s really suffering here? It’s the taxpayers. A firing squad is fast and cheap.

Paula Swank

Paso Robles

OSHA stirs up trouble

Government regulations are instituted for the public good, it is said. My own experiences with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) illustrate the folly in permitting an overeducated bureaucrat to write the regulations.

I was a masonry contractor in California. My first run-in with OSHA came on a sweltering August day when myself and a helper were laying a 2-foot-high block wall in the center of a 10-acre field. The OSHA inspector stopped by and demanded that we wear hard hats, rather than the straw hats we wore. We needed to be protected, it seemed.

My last encounter with OSHA occurred when my crew worked on a 20-foot-tall block wall. The inspector (a different one) insisted that we tie our scaffold to the wall. My entire crew rebelled because the wall was not yet filled with concrete, and in the event the scaffold fell, we would pull the entire wall down upon us.

The inspector insisted, pointing to the regulations as dictated in the code. Because none of us wanted to work in that dangerous situation, with the scaffold tied to that unbraced, unfilled wall, I again examined the code.

The solution: Put wheels beneath the scaffolding. A rolling scaffold need not be tied to the wall.

The answer, of course, is to get government out of the mix as much as possible. Let the bricklayer’ union write the code and adjudicate violations.

This better system should apply, as it now does, to union and non-union jobs.

Lorenzo Lowe

Avila Beach

Obama hasn’t a clue

After watching the president’s press conference, I am compelled to conclude that the man is the least effective executive to occupy the office, ever.

By any measure, his policies can only be described as failed. Yet, he blames everyone except himself.

When confronted by his allies in the press, he went 9-year-old on them and explained his “leadership” vis-à-vis Congress as being in Washington working on Afghanistan, bin Laden and making “tough” decisions, all while Congress was doing nothing.

He was quick to demand they sacrifice their holiday weekend to complete a budget — already months late for 2011 after none was produced in 2010 without a peep from the White House — and a debt limit deal, while insisting they punish corporate jet owners and oil companies. All of this from a man who uses fuel-efficient Air Force One for all manner of leisure and frivolity as if it was the family SUV and who delegated the budget talks to Vice President Joe Biden.

There are a number of factors contributing to the economic malaise we are experiencing and many have been years in the making, but it is clear that the federal government is out of control and infringing on every aspect of our lives. The president is part of the problem because he hasn’t a solution or, apparently, a clue.

Fred Maurice

San Luis Obispo