Overseas jobs, goods
I am tired of the politicians telling me we need more jobs. There are plenty of jobs for the American people; the problem is they’re looking for them in the wrong place. They must look where the politicians and corporate executives sent them — overseas — where the wages are a few dollars a day and no benefits.
But, I must be fair and balanced, because when the goods come here, they are sold as if they were made here by American workers making a decent wage with some benefits — enough said.
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No new fees
We are writing to oppose the propose price hikes for garbage and other waste collection set out by Mission Country Disposal. Our residential rates would go up almost $30 annually. This is in addition to proposed rate hikes by the water company, definitely exorbitant sewer costs and general cost-of-living increases.
We are semi-retired; we cannot afford to retire, although we are in our 70s. Our income is decreasing, not increasing. These proposed hikes constitute an insuperable difficulty for not just us, but many if not most of the persons living in Los Osos.
We propose that Mission Country Disposal look at its routes and procedures to find ways of economizing. It should also work with the landfill to find ways to ameliorate the high new fees imposed by the landfill. The CSD should be proactive in working with both the disposal service and the landfill to find solutions that do not further saddle residents with new fees in this time of unemployment and recession.
Lani Steele and Gary Mickle
New plan for Dunes
Why is the issue of the air pollution crises of the Oceano Dunes still dragging on? It seems that our elected officials are more concerned for the unsafe recreational pleasures of a few people — most of whom do not live here — than they are for the health and safety of the local citizens.
It is time to take action. Stop the unsafe off-highway vehicular riding at the Dunes. Stop the air pollution. Instead, start thinking about what to do with that high-potential resource.
This is one idea: Create a first-class RV park and campground. Instead of the meager $10 per night currently being charged, the per-night fee should be $30 or more. Campgrounds, such as the one at Santa Margarita Lake, charge $24 per night and have only five or six lakeside camping spots and no hookups or dump stations.
The fees could pay for an upgraded area with a dump station and water and electrical hookups, which would make an extremely inviting campground. Who wouldn’t want to camp next to the ocean? The plan would still keep the positive economic impact on local businesses and on county and state budgets.
Hopefully others will also have ideas that will stop the pollution, noise, and unsafe recreational practices.