Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 12/13

Faithful support

A 36-year longstanding tradition has been continued in 2011. The members of the “Chidlaw Stadium” to the north of Memorial Stadium, who view Greyhound football games from Ed Chidlaw’s backyard, have once again made a generous donation to the high school athletic department.

A unique tradition to local high school football, we appreciate their continued faithful support of Greyhound football.

This year’s Friday night faithful include Bob and Sue Brown, Ed and Emily Chidlaw, Lamon and Jeanne Colvin, Evelyn Delmartini, Don Gullickson, Jerry and Carol Harter, Floyd and Doreen Lowe, Vaughn and Peggy Newlander, Frank and Marilyn Platz, Lois Scamara, Ken and Pam Meyer, John and Linda Schock, Don and Rowena Smith, Linda Strickland, Bob and Bonnie Wilkins, Rosey Wirth, Doris Highland, Luis and Sandy Silveria, Brian and Nancy Stein, Ken and Pam Morgan, Rolfe Nelson, Don Collier and Frank Scicchitano. Thanks for your support.

Sam DeRose

Athletic director, Atascadero High School

Let us drive carts

Environmentalists could get air pollution reduced immediately by several percentage points by getting a state law passed to allow adults to drive electric golf carts within 10 miles of their homes on streets with 40 mph limits.

Here in our senior community, more and more members are driving these nonpolluting vehicles within our park. Not only does it help reduce pollution, it is also cheaper than driving gas-operated vehicles. And they require little maintenance. Plus, these vehicles need a third of the parking space of a regular car.

For safety, driving them on public roads could be limited to between rush hours, say 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Passing such a law would immediately improve air quality, something that will take decades for electric cars to accomplish. And the price of a new cart is less than a tenth of the cost of an electric car, which means many more people can afford them.

Roy Berger

Arroyo Grande

Kerman & Walmart

I recently read columnist Lon Allan’s column (on Walmart’s tactics) in your publication. The Walmart experience in Kerman has been a little different. I am the city manager for the city of Kerman and I can report that our environmental review process was extremely detailed and that additional development conditions were added to the environment report (EIR) recommendations after public hearings and a thorough review and approval by the city’s planning commission.

Fortunately, in the Kerman experience the Walmart petition/initiative included all of the conditions and mitigation measures approved by the planning commission and additional site elevations, modifications later negotiated by city staff.

Our community voiced its support for the proposed project through planning commission public hearings and Walmart followed every step in this process including exceeding EIR recommendations. It should be noted that the city’s planning commission held two public hearings in which the public demonstrated overwhelming support of the Walmart project. Based on this support and the commission’s approval, the City Council passed an ordinance approving the initiative rather than proceeding with an election.

Ron Manfredi