Some animal facts
A squabble between lovers of pet chickens and defenders of bears has evidently erupted. A few facts may be in order.
According to the California Department of Fish and Game website (dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/bear/population), black bears did not exist in Central California before about 1950. The bears in old Los Osos were grizzlies, and they kept out the black bears. After the grizzlies became extinct, black bears slowly moved into the available territory, sometimes assisted by Fish and Game in Southern California.
Some of our severe wildfires in the past few decades also may have opened up some bear territory, although that is a guess. Whatever the reasons, bears and people are moving into the same neighborhoods.
As for chickens: A recent letter indicated that it is illegal to keep chickens in San Luis Obispo. That is not true — there are specific regulations about how it may be done, just as there are about dogs and cats. See Section 6.28 of the Municipal Code.
As with many disagreements, we will be most likely to find solutions by first using neighborly regard and facts, only resorting to enforcement of specific rules — whether they concern chickens, dogs, cats, students or damage done by wild predators — as a last resort.
And yes, I have chickens.
San Luis Obispo
Paula Swank’s diatribe (Don’t coddle prisoners, July 3) exemplifies a society bent on retribution.
Civilized countries long ago abandoned the barbaric practice of state-sponsored killing.
Yes, Texas does rush to dispatch convicts quickly. Evidently, a human being is too expensive to keep alive, even if there is the possibility that years later that felon is proven to be innocent (it has happened all too many times, often after execution. The statistics are there for those who are interested).
If Paula Swank thinks that prisoners are pampered, maybe this summer she should forgo Disneyland and book her vacation at a state detention of her choice.
In his commentary “Debt limit is just plain extortion” (Tribune, July 5) Paul Krugman does his usual smearing of Republicans by charging them with extortion. If I thought for a minute that the Republicans were negotiating for some nefarious reasons instead of trying to put solid financial footing in place for this country, I would agree with him.
On the other hand, while we are talking extortion, let’s look at how the president is in cahoots with the Democratic leadership of Congress by trying to extort more money from taxpayers — spending this nation into financial collapse, shamelessly using all kinds of scare tactics and charging everyone who has not fallen for their bankrupt ways with being extremists.
If the president’s agenda was really good for the unemployed in this country, by now we would see some evidence of it, and the Republicans’ asking for federal budget reductions for raising the debt ceiling is right on even if Paul Krugman’s recipe for fixing the economy is different from theirs.
On June 25, we held the Arroyo Grande Centennial Century Bike Event. The celebration theme was “A Century of Community,” and this event proved the point. There were 145 riders, from age 4 to 79. Most were individual riders, but there were also 34 couples and three families. By all accounts it was a success, in no small measure due to the great community support. Of the 90 volunteers, some even came from the North County to staff early-morning positions. Thus we wish to sincerely thank the community and all other contributors for their extensive support.
Thank you all for helping make this such a happy event.
Gilbert and Sandy Pitt