Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 7/22

Boneheaded choice

Regarding “Cuesta trustees delay pay cut for top leaders,” July 16:

And to think, I thought all the idiots were in Washington, D.C. when we have our own home-grown variety right here.

How can our “educated” leaders think that they are so important that others should take a pay cut and they shouldn’t?

Where did they learn how to lead — certainly not by example? If they tried to do an actual hands-on job, they would see it’s not as easy as they think. Seems having a degree does not give a person common sense.

Here’s hoping someone on the board actually has common sense and will correct this bone-headed decision, but as usual, it’s hard to see that happening.

,b>Doug Wyckoff


Greed, not fairness

By trying to force Amazon to collect tax on its California sales, our state government has given Amazon a powerful disincentive to do business in California. No one should be surprised if Amazon has shed its 10,000 small-business affiliates here.

The July 19 Tribune reprinted (without endorsement) an editorial from the San Jose Mercury News that calls the legislators who made this counterproductive law “champions of communities who have been forced to lay off police officers and slash library hours for lack of revenue.” But how does a law that drives away business and jobs instead of generating revenue help these communities?

The editorial urges that California “create momentum for a national policy,” presumably a policy to penalize businesses that relocate to avoid paying taxes. But passing national legislation that discourages business won’t stimulate business or create nongovernment jobs. It will just create nation-wide disincentives for people to invest their money in businesses.

It is true that California’s state government very much wants more revenue now to cover its growing stream of expenditures, but taxing companies that can’t possibly benefit from the tax isn’t “fairness.” It’s greed.

A.C.W. Bethel

Arroyo Grande

ConocoPhillips’ share

So what’s up, Conoco-Phillips? You reported more than $14 billion — not $14 million but $14 billion — in profits over the past two years, but you have not contributed your share to help care for Dale Avenue, a nonmaintained county road on which your Summit Station facility is located.

There are 20-plus families that share this road with you. Some of your neighbors cannot afford to pave their own driveways yet find a way to contribute $250 per year to help maintain Dale Avenue.

The reason your division manager in Long Beach provided for this decision was that you cannot afford to contribute $250 per year — really?

As ConocoPhillips will not contribute its fair share to maintain Dale Avenue, we cannot in good conscience continue to purchase Union 76, Conoco or Phillips 66 gasoline.

David Leader, Barbara Nilan and Dan Wrzenski

Arroyo Grande

Less regulation

Thank you, Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian and Sen. Sam Blakeslee, for supporting employers by voting against yet another bill that adds more cost and paperwork for no good reason.

Requiring employers to pay for alternative transportation won’t help the ozone. For years, the city of San Luis Obispo has offered free bus tickets to those employed downtown. The city buses are not full yet. Carpooling was naturally encouraged when gas prices soared. President Obama tapped reserves to lower prices. One government policy grates against the other. Why should employers pay for this?

It would be more helpful if the air pollution control districts studied specific local causes of ozone in detail and took responsibility for developing creative, positive solutions. Perhaps what is needed is less regulation of taxis and vans so that service at a reasonable price can emerge as needed for everyone, whether employed by a large employer or not.

Or, there could be taxes on vehicle miles driven, or special permits could be randomly distributed to allow only those vehicles who won to drive on the road during high ozone days.

Jean Knox

San Luis Obispo