Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 9/23

‘Plan’ doesn’t exist

Do you remember Nancy Pelosi saying, “We have to pass the (health care) bill so that you can find out what is in it”?

Well, in his speech President Obama said, “Pass the (jobs) bill now” — actually, he said it multiple times — even though no legislation exists. Because of this fact, it appears to be a campaign tactic to save his presidency.

Obama’s “plan” doesn’t exist — a plan must also have a statement of the financial resources required, and he admits that comes later — claiming it will be “paid for.” Obama’s speech only dealt with the objectives of his proposal in a general way — and as everyone knows, “the devil is in the details.” Those details are in the coming proposed legislation along with the funding in the government’s debt-stressed situation.

Hopefully some good may come from this. But if it does, it will be because the better minds in Congress will serve the interest of the nation, not just their political parties.

That’s the rub!

Otis Page

Arroyo Grande

Evidence is clear

James Schaefer’s letter (Sept. 9) takes exception with Paul Krugman’s piece “Republicans against science.” Schaefer argues that we don’t know whether there is causation between human activity and climate change. In fact, the scientific evidence is compelling and quite clear that there is.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is the leading scientific authority on climate change, concludes in its most recent report:

1). The Earth is warming rapidly, and the rate of increase is itself increasing.

2). Man-made CO2 is the main cause of this warming.

3). The CO2 content of the atmosphere has increased at an ever-increasing rate, from 280 parts per million to 390 parts per million.

4). We have already committed ourselves to major climate change that is, for practical purposes, irreversible.

5). We need to take action soon to avoid more drastic changes.

The report goes on to make predictions about the very negative impacts we can anticipate. They include more violent weather of all kinds, drought, floods, wildfires, ocean acidification and increased negative health consequences, to name a few.

Of course, there are those who will deny the validity of this scientific report, but then that is exactly what Krugman was pointing out.

Lyle Yager

Pismo Beach

Outdoor activities

I am a senior at Atascadero High School. I recently volunteered at Atascadero’s Creek Clean-Up and cleared natural debris from the dry riverbed running through the new Three Bridges Oak Preserve.

Many teenagers in Atascadero often complain that the town is boring and has few places for fun activities — such as a mall or a bowling alley. However, I am glad that land is preserved in Atascadero and that the town does not have huge department stores or large malls.

I think Atascadero has a beautiful landscape and the new Three Bridges Oak Preserve possesses many gorgeous natural highlights of Atascadero. I am glad Atascadero is going to have yet another area to enjoy outdoor activities.

Kelly Boicourt


Not harassed

As a former Cal Poly volleyball player coached by Jon Stevenson for five years, I can say with complete confidence that his reported actions and comments were absolutely not intended in a malicious or perverted manner. After spending countless hours with Jon during my volleyball career, I never once felt sexually harassed.

Playing for Jon is no doubt difficult, but only because he pushes his players to reach their full potential. At the beginning of every season he would say, “Division I college volleyball is not for everyone.”

Not everyone can come in day in and day out and give their best. Not everyone can handle being pushed to their limit physically and mentally and the uncomfortable feeling that comes from being challenged.

I don’t want to bash my former teammates or other Cal Poly volleyball players, but I would urge them to seriously consider whether they actually felt threatened by Jon’s actions or comments.

I would bet upon truthful review that they would admit that although Jon may have behaved unprofessionally at times, he never meant to harm or take advantage of his players. His only intent was to make Cal Poly volleyball a nationally renowned program.

Chelsea Hayes


Reaching out

On Sept. 8 after church, two people entered the back of the annex of the Outreach Church of God at 16th Street and Baden Avenue and stole a Briggs and Stratton lawnmower.

Although there is a security camera showing people entering the property, we hesitate to turn it over to the police because the young people who stole the lawn mower would be arrested and have a record against them.

The persons who stole the mower have attended the church, and we would like to help them. We just feel so sorry that a person would steal from a church. We had been vandalized in the past year and also were flooded when an unexpected rain came when we took the roof off for replacement.

In spite of all this, we keep trying to fix the church so it won’t be a blight on our wonderful neighbors, as the church had been left in a deplorable condition for 18 years by the people formerly in charge.

We are now trying to pave the parking lot. We are a small congregation, and every person has donated so much time and sacrificed financially to make this a church that reaches out to the neighborhood.

Pastors Reynolds and Faye Ritchie

Grover Beach

Marriage rights

I recently wrote to Rep. Kevin McCarthy enlisting his support of HR 1116: the “Respect for Marriage Act” that would end the discriminatory and divisive Defense of Marriage Act.

Enacted years ago, DOMA says that only a marriage between one man and one woman will be recognized by the federal government when talking about marriage in more than 1,300 federal statutes, regulations and policies. A personal example: If my legal, same-sex husband were to die before me, I would not receive the normal Social Security benefits given to a widower.

I end quoting Thomas Jefferson: “I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”

Steven Click


Sharper term limit

We are not getting our money’s worth. We send our legislators to Washington to help make this a better country and to protect our interests. Many of them spend much of their time campaigning to get re-elected and seem to care less for our welfare.

I propose that we change their time of service to six years, with re-election not being a possibility.

John Boruk

San Luis Obispo