After reading your editorial (Oct. 23) regarding the “unfounded attacks” against the solar power industry by Fox News, I believe your editorial staff has a severe case of “Fox derangement syndrome.” Never once in your editorial do you deny the facts as reported by Fox News. The point is, why do taxpayers have to provide financial backing to private companies if the product has a viable ROI?
No sane professional business person would ever make that type of investment. I visited the SunPower plant in Point Richmond (it’s located in a defunct Ford assembly plant) about two years ago and again earlier this year. The amount of parking spaces available on my last trip was astounding.
Yes, SunPower sold the Carrizo Plain project to NRG, and PG&E will buy the energy produced by it, but at what price? And will the taxpayers be stiffed again like we were with Solyndra?
Regarding your editorial staff, I’m reminded of my father’s favorite expression, “My mind’s made up; don’t confuse me with the facts!”
Business or not?
Mr. De Vaul’s parting statement in the Oct. 21 edition of The Tribune is interesting: “They’re trying to run me out of business.”
For years Mr. De Vaul has stated that he is providing a service to the community in that he shelters people with drug and alcohol problems. He has also stated that he provides counseling. I suspect that many of the Sunny Acres clients are also clients of the SLO mental health system.
As a former mental health worker, I fully understand the complexities of caring for the mentally ill who also have drug and alcohol problems.
1. Does Mr. De Vaul have a business license?
2. Does Mr. De Vaul have an accounting system whereby the fees he takes from his clients are reported as income?
If he is running a business, then he should be compliant to the current laws of the land. The other facilities in San Luis Obispo seem to be able to comply, why can’t he?
Martha A. Graham
Read and weep
Well, silent majority in the Los Osos prohibition zone, this will wake you up: Read your tax bill carefully and weep. Approximately $1,000 a year starting now on top of last year’s bill and starting now combined with all the other indirect costs that will be added on later.
Start saying goodbye to your friends and neighbors, thanks to your supervisors and Paavo Ogren and staff.
Start making those phone calls to them and better still come on down every Tuesday at 9 a.m. and tell them face to face.
If you take a look at your plastic newspaper bag, you will see that it contains the symbol for recycling and says that it is recyclable. So we put them in our recycle can. Sometimes we just need to look before we speak.
It is with great pride and appreciation that the Oct. 15-16 Oceano community cleanup was, in my view, a resounding success.
This success was due to the hard work, dedication and generosity of volunteers, local businesses, Oceano Train Depot, Oceano Advisory Council, OCSD, service organizations, POVE, the Keep Oceano Beautiful Committee, law/fire enforcement personnel, inmates, media, California Conservation Corps and county staff and officials, to name a few.
It’s been 13 years since Oceano’s last cleanup effort, and the participation of the Oceano and Halcyon citizenry recently has given the Oceano community (“Gateway to the Dunes”) a much-needed “facelift,” and hopefully, a desire by all to maintain and promote upkeep.
Many thanks to all involved, and please help “Keep Oceano Beautiful!”
Worth the battle
The Bucket List Dream Team Land Speed Racing Avanti would like to thank all of the people of the Central Coast who helped to make this year’s effort worth the battle. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to those who stand with me in my battle with cancer. Being involved with the program has been the best therapy available. The prayers of my Harvest Church Family were powerful help.
Bonneville would have been a bust without the unexpected help from the entire Dutch Treat Racing Team of Sacramento.
The team would like to specifically thank: The Richard Andolsen/John Steinbeck Spiritual Society, Westside Auto Parts (SLO), Fairborn Studebakers (Ohio), RacingStudebakers.com, Tom Covington Racing (Virginia), Snap-On Bob (Templeton), Mike Howes Automotive (Atascadero), Avanti Kid Racing (Valencia), Early Wheel Company (Morro Bay), Kris Kroll Fabrications and Performance Machine (SLO), Perry Brown Studebakers (South Carolina), Deep In Hock Racing (Georgia), Mike Porter Racing (SLO), McCaffrey Trucking (Lompoc), Adaptive Driving Systems (SLO), The Santa Maria Sewing Superstore, Sierra Body Shop (Grover Beach), Doug and Kristen Jones, and Gold Coast Roadsters.
To Pat King and the High Gear Ranch Team in Paso Robles, you are awesome!
As part of the local organizing committee, I would like to thank The Tribune for its excellent coverage of the Ride to Recovery California Challenge. This injured veterans’ bike ride provided the Central Coast with a real opportunity to show how much support we all have for our service men and women.
The visitors were greeted in San Luis Obispo by Mayor Marx and the SLO American Legion. In the Five Cities area, the riders — with a Pismo Beach Police Department escort — were cheered by more than 800 students from Oceano and Shell Beach elementary schools. Many of the students wrote letters of support and encouragement to the veterans.
Dinner was provided by the Greater Pismo Beach Kiwanis Club with sponsorships by Branch Street Deli, New Belgium Brewing Company and more than 20 individuals along the Central Coast. Cookies were added by the local Military Families Organization. All in all, it was a tremendous effort by our community. Those efforts were appreciated by the veterans. Well done, Central Coast.
I work at a gift store in the Arroyo Grande Village.
Recently, a lady came in shopping and was trying on necklaces. After making her purchases, she asked me where to find Stella’s. I told her, and we chatted for a bit before she left.
When I started to straighten up, I noticed a lovely pearl necklace lying on the counter. Instinctively, I knew it was hers. I ran to Stella’s hoping to find her there. She was!
I gave her the necklace, and she was ever so grateful. It was a feel-good thing for both of us. An hour later, this same woman walked into our shop and gave me an envelope. She wanted to thank me for returning her necklace. I told her she didn’t need to do that, but she insisted. Inside was a gift certificate to Stella’s and a lovely, sincere note of thanks.
The necklace had much more meaning to her than I could know. Although I certainly did not expect a reward, I was brought to tears by this woman’s kindness. I only know her name is Joan. Thank you; you really did touch me. Arroyo Grande It really doesn’t get any better than this!
I would like to express appreciation to our community for supporting LiveSTRONG Day on Oct. 2.
Thank you to the following for your contributions to help make the fundraiser for The Lance Armstrong Foundation a success: Ah Sir Bounce A Lot, Ardell Teran, Bob and Tere Reitmayer, Bud and Betty Johnson, Boomers, Costco Santa Maria, Cypress Ridge Golf, Coastal Dance and Music Academy, Healthy Inspirations, House of Bread, Madonna Inn, McLintock’s, Me-n-Ed’s Pizzeria, New Frontiers SLO, Nipomo High School Key Club, Quinn Rentals, Roy Damas, Ric Muscio’s BBQ Team, San Luis Obispo County Fire Department, San Luis Obispo County Parks, Sunset North Car Wash, Tahoe Joe’s SLO, Trader Joe’s Arroyo Grande, Trader Joe’s Santa Maria, Vons, Nipomo, Woodstock’s Pizza SLO, and Yogurt Creations.
The Lance Armstrong Foundation acts worldwide to fight cancer.
Thank you for helping in the fight!
Nipomo High School senior