Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 7/25

Bad business climate

Two months ago, ChiefExecutive.net published its annual survey of 500 chief executive officers regarding the ranking of states according to their desirability for doing business. California came in dead last, 50 out of 50, for the third year in a row.

Against this background, our ever-clueless state Legislature just passed SB 582 (“Commuter bill heads to governor’s desk,” The Tribune, July 15).

This bill allows air districts “to require that larger employers offer incentives for employees to take alternative transportation to work.”

“One of the provisions of the bill could require employers to pay up to $75 a month per employee.”

If this bill is signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, business owners would have to commit additional costs and management time to an activity that can only make them less competitive with businesses in other states and around the world.

With our state’s unemployment rate currently at 11.7 percent, logic might dictate that this kind of “feel-good” legislation would be best considered during better times, if at all.

But not in California, where we are about to give businesses yet another reason to start up, expand or relocate entirely to a place with a better business climate, taking jobs with them.

Robert Olson


An ongoing problem

The “Amazon tax” that the state of California passed for its balanced budget will hurt both consumers and California state government. I use Amazon for monthly purchases, including books that I read from the “Star Trek” television series “Voyager.”

To me, passing on a tax to consumers will not help, because as a whole, our entire nation is being “nickeled and dimed” for additional taxes. This would only lead to more red ink in our economy and our state budget.

One major point to discuss as a result: When the simulation of taxes are raised in the “SimCity 4: Rush Hour” and “Cities XL 2011” software that I run on my personal computer, people flee my cities in droves as a result.

Can California simply learn from a “SimCity 4” player like me? I think not, if this is an ongoing problem.

Scott C. Presnal

Morro Bay

Uplifting flowers

No matter that the GOP has given itself over to strange people who talk directly to God and want to be our president; no matter that idealogues are perfectly willing to sacrifice our nation’s economic system and our proud heritage just to get their way; no matter that sanity and common sense is hard to find among our lawmakers; no matter that “fair and balanced” news has had its ugly underbelly of criminal activity exposed.

Because the farmers along Los Osos Valley Road are growing fields of marigolds! It lifts our spirits, it gives us hope just to look at those beautiful gold and orange expanses so like an artist’s paint box! Thank you to these people who insist on moving forward no matter what.

Mary Ross


Everyone’s problem

I would like to simply offer up my gratitude to our congresswoman, Lois Capps. She has consistently sought protection for our communities from oil contamination through offshore drilling and from radiation contamination from the unsafe situation we have with Diablo Canyon sitting on seismically active terrain.

Her concerns go beyond party lines.

In that regard, I understand that an important tenet of the Republican party is the protection of freedoms for businesses. But I would offer up for consideration: What would an event such as the one at the Japanese nuclear reactor in Fukushima do for Central Coast property values and business opportunities?

If Diablo ever loses on-site power and subsequently has problems with supplying backup power, it will be everyone’s problem, regardless of how he or she is registered to vote.

Debbie Highfill

Morro Bay

Dueling definitions

Here are two definitions from the dictionary:

1. Radical: “One who carries his theories or convictions to their furthest application; an extremist. In politics, one who advocates widespread governmental changes and reforms at the earliest opportunity.”

2. Conservative: “Inclined to preserve the existing order of things; opposed to change.”

The dictionary I refer to was published in 1976. Which of the above would apply to the tea party?

Jack Morrow



Good Viewpoint from Dr. Steven Sainsbury (Tribune, July 28). A male who has been circumcised has been shown to be less subject to disease than a male not circumcised. So — let the practice continue.

However, female circumcision is still going on in some countries and in some religious groups. This practice is hazardous for the girls and young women who are forced to undergo female genitalia circumcision.

I hope that Sainsbury will write another article on statistics regarding female circumcision. That is the practice I would prefer being abolished.

Anne Miranda

Morro Bay

No big shock

Your outrage over the recent salaries, bonuses and raises given to administrators by the CSU trustees is understandable, but ... were you seriously surprised?

I have been associated with Cal Poly since 1970, and I am not.

Do you recall in the 1970s administrators received 17 percent “inequity” raises? The faculty and staff, nothing.

Similar actions have continued, unchecked, through bad and good times. What about Gov. Jerry Brown’s “psychic” raises in the ‘80s? Guess what that meant ... except for administrators?

It is time the logic used for administrative compensation be applied to those who do the real work ... raise salaries to attract the best. Offering miserably low starting salaries to attract a gifted new Ph.D. may have worked years ago, but it doesn’t any more. Ask anyone who has served on a recruitment committee!

Never fear; soon this will be forgotten, then to happen again. Only when (if?) people demand a change will these self-indulgent bureaucrats get the message.

I hope this occurs before the system decays into further mediocrity. Then again, administrators can always earn their salaries by “dropping down” into the muck and teaching physics, biology, architecture, engineering, etc., right?

A.J. Buffa

Emeritus professor of physics, Cal Poly

Library milestone

When I moved to Atascadero, one of my first priorities was to visit the library. I was disappointed to find the parking limited, the children’s section cramped, Internet users circling a small bank of computers. Where was the seating to sit, browse and read?

Soon I learned that a determined Friends of the Library was trying to raise funds for a new library or expansion.

After San Luis Obispo County selected the site at 6555 Capistrano Ave., I fell in love with the building the first time I saw it. I knew that my vision of a new Atascadero Library could become a reality.

Being newly retired, I did not see how I could afford a large donation to the expansion fund.  Then Lon Allan wrote about becoming a founder, a little at a time. I attained my heart’s desire on my birthday when my husband gave me half of the donation for my gift, and I pledged to donate $50 monthly for 10 months.

FOL reached a 25 percent milestone recently; now there is $750,000 to raise within the next 18 months. Together, let’s build a hopeful future and a lasting legacy with a new Atascadero Library!

Ruth Brown Zachary


Thank goodness

Let’s all sigh with great relief now that the Cuesta president and vice presidents won’t have to take a pay cut.

Too bad for the classified staff who were laid off or had to take an involuntary 8.3 percent pay cut. Too bad for the part-time instructors who had classes canceled and teaching loads cut.

Why is it that the “little” people have to make the sacrifices? Isn’t it about time for some inspirational leadership, for Cuesta administrators to step up and take one for the team — not because they are directed to do so, but because it is the right thing to do!

Sue Robinson

Los Osos