Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 12/22

Shortsighted move

I was disappointed with Grover Beach City Council’s resolution to change the zoning, the Ramona Specific Plan and the city’s general plan in order to sell the community garden.

The council’s short-sighted approach to budget balancing would deprive the citizens of a fully utilized recreational amenity that is near the park in an area designated for cultural, educational and recreational needs of the community. The majority of the council members and the city manager act as though moving the garden plots is both simple and inexpensive.

This would most definitely not be true for the gardeners who have spent much time and significant money to develop their plots. It would also be costly to the city as they would need to address soil, irrigation, partitioning and fencing needs to move the garden.

I feel that the city is again trying to sell odd and problematic land to its redevelopment agency to transfer money designated for low-income housing into its general fund to balance the budget. The city has consistently maintained that only one house could be built on the garden parcel because of its size and location. I do not feel that this is the best use of low-income housing funds, which could be used prudently to more adequately meet low-income housing needs.

Linda Voth

Grover Beach

Developing talent

I was thrilled to see the stunning achievement of San Luis Obispo High School student Hunter Tasseff. His winning art piece was pictured in the Dec. 4 Tribune. The brilliant woodwork and elegant design of the vase are the result of his own exceptional eye and hard work — but you just know that kind of vision and craftsmanship has been nurtured by teachers at Laguna Middle School and SLO High.

I hope he continues to develop his talents. This is the kind of work that will sustain him and bring joy to many people. It made my day!

Patty Andreen

Avila Beach

Always another

It was cynical of Sam Blakeslee to characterize political gamesmanship as cooperation (“Braving the rain to protest budget cuts,” Dec. 16).

There was no way that Gov. Brown was going to convince the majority party to place a competing proposal by the minority party on the same ballot, and Sam knew it. Gov. Brown campaigned on the promise that any tax increase he proposed would be put to a vote of the people. That was, in fact, a major feature of his campaign from the day he announced his candidacy and he received more than 5,400,000 votes to lead based on what he said he’d do as governor.

I feel Gov. Brown earned the opportunity to have an up-or-down vote on his proposal on its merits alone. There’s always another election, Sam.

Walter Heath

Morro Bay

Why us, not them?

In response to Peti Johnson’s Dec. 18 letter “Shelters are in need”:

Her last line read, “Remember, there, but for the grace of God, go you and I.” Fine, but that leads me to ask, “Why did you and I receive His grace, and they did not?”

Michael Miller

Grover Beach