Letters to the Editor

letters to the Editor 9/14

Useful bags

Obviously the people who want to eliminate plastic bags from the grocery store don’t go grocery shopping. If you brought in your own leftover plastic bags that you could stuff in your purse or pockets to use on your new purchases, you will soon run out.

I use mine for a lot of other things and would miss them. If you use the canvas bags you can buy at the stores for $1, how do you know how many you will need? I often run into the store for a couple of items and end up with a whole cart full. It would take a lot of canvas bags I hadn’t planned on to take care of all that. It just means we will either have to make a lot of extra trips to the store, using extra gasoline, or we’ll just buy less. Probably both.  I thought I heard they had come up with a plastic that will disintegrate. Let’s use those. We can still buy to our hearts’ content, and all those plastic bag makers won’t lose their jobs.

Paula Nixon

Paso Robles

Denying death

When the distribution of wealth within an empire is skewed toward the top 1 percent of the population, and when that empire spreads armed bases all over the world, it suffers a slow, bitter and final death. Remember the Roman Empire? Egyptian? British?

We of the American Empire are currently denying its death. To awaken before it’s too late, I propose that we begin to close our armed bases one at a time and use the expertise of our armed forces to rebuild our infrastructure. Remember the CCC?

To offset the cost of demilitarization, we could invest in infant technologies.

To unskew the distribution of wealth, we should mobilize the 22 percent of our population currently screwed by the loopholes in our tax laws to organize a second civil rights movement.

Evelyn Cole

Arroyo Grande

A truthful sign

A sign on James Way says it all: “Pismo Council Sells Us Out.”

Here are a few reasons for this truthful sign. The council sent Los Robles Del Mar to LAFCO by dumbing up the water numbers. At first, 135 acre-feet of water were needed, and now only 100 acre-feet are.

That doesn’t even consider the possible addition of 250  granny units.

The city lent $180,000 to another developer because they own 100 acre-feet of water and cannot pay it back. Los Robles will pay the tab, but — guess what — they now only need 100 instead of 135 acre-feet.

State water is not considered reliable, but who cares?

It is very obvious to me what’s going on. How about you? They also allowed a traffic update that found no change in traffic in seven years, despite new developments in the area.

The council is pushing for the Price Canyon fiasco, and who cares about that? No one wants it. The City Council and Planning Commission, I think, now work for developers and not the residents of Pismo Beach.

Go to SavePriceCanyon.com.

Jamie Guthrie

Pismo Beach

Complicated issue

Your front page headline “Supervisors to keep Templeton whole” captured the feeling of many Templeton residents.

A big thank you to the Board of Supervisors for its willingness to reconsider the previous redistricting proposal after listening to the Templeton residents who spoke against dividing Templeton into two or three districts.

It was a complicated issue because of the legal requirements and ramifications, and the previous proposals might have seemed logical in terms of potential district population parity, but they simply didn’t feel right to many of us.

At a time when so much energy is spent creating division and unnecessary fear on a national level, the board’s willingness to listen and work together to heed the feelings of the residents while still complying with legal requirements was much appreciated. Maybe we should loan them to Washington!

Daniella Sapriel


Watching final vote

I want to commend the Board of Supervisors for really listening to the people in Templeton about this redistricting situation.

While I guess the supervisors do not all see how having one “district” is better for this unincorporated area than two or more, well, we are a very tight and caring community. Given that many people — myself included — are passionate about being represented by one person, it is very nice to know that the current board is receptive to listening to the constituents.

I think it is imperative to know that if there are issues down the road, I won’t need to approach two or three different people but rather call, talk, or interact with one person; trying to do that with two or three people is problematic if only because they are all so busy, as are many of us in this community.

Let’s be sure the final vote is the same as you tentatively voted on yesterday. We are all watching.

Carol Kiessig


Bring back the jobs

Regarding the grim nationwide unemployment situation, first of all how do we (the average citizens) really know if the numbers that we are fed on a daily basis are correct? What if the real numbers supplied by the government were twice what they tell us? We are told what the media and government want us to know because it is politics, folks, pure and simple.

It seems to me that a reasonable solution would be to stop outsourcing jobs and bring them back to the United States. Perhaps a smaller profit for the greedy corporations would reinstate many of the jobs that were lost, as well as creating new ones.

Also, stop giving our tax dollars to foreign countries that hate us anyway.

We were led to believe that the “Great Recession” ended a couple of years ago, but if you were to ask the millions of those still unemployed, I suspect that you would find a great amount of disagreement. I want to see “Made in the U.S.A.” on the products that I buy.

Patrick Thomas

Pismo Beach