Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 1/12

Wolf invader

Our state “fish and game” is not doing its job. That wolf that came into California that everyone wants to make a pet out of needs to be eradicated. It is an invasive species just like the mussels in our lakes.

As to the endangered species part that someone will bring up, these are Canadian wolves. They are not endangered. Canada has plenty of them. We do not need them. Our government killed all the deer and elk on Santa Rosa Island because they were not native. This wolf is not native.

Gary Grabowsky

Atascadero

Let them do time

The editorial from The Sacramento Bee (Jan. 7) was timely and very significant. Lawmakers commit crimes similar to those the rest of us commit. Yet their outcomes are far different based on preferential treatment.

In 1984 I was at a poker game. I smoked a few cigs and had two Löwenbräus over a three-hour time frame. Four blocks from home a car pulled up right behind me with high beams on. I glanced in the mirror for a second and went over a double yellow line. I was pulled over, tested and spent the night in jail, to walk home the next morning. My blood alcohol content? It was .00 — nothing.

I got a ticket for illegally crossing over the double yellow. But I did spend the night in jail, and it was horrible. I’ve never been back since. If our lawmakers spent a night in jail amongst other inmates, trust me, their eyes would be open wide.

Brian Miller

San Luis Obispo

Illegal means illegal

Regarding: Steven Singer’s letter in the Jan. 9 Tribune:

What part of illegal is not illegal? I find it really interesting that some people think the term should be waived. I think in any argument that you should go back to the base of the argument and not skip over its start.

If I use his argument I suppose if I was going to be late for a movie in SLO and was driving there on Highway 1 with nobody else on the road in front of me I should be able to go 90 mph even though it’s illegal as I wouldn’t be hurting anyone else. Note that when somebody comes here legally, not illegally, they have the opportunity to go through the process and become legal citizens.

I have no problem with a green card system that was used in California before. The workers could come here and work and after the harvest season take their earnings and return home. It worked before and could work again. If they want to become citizens there is a process that we use now and should be followed.

Let’s keep the term illegal to mean just that and not just overlook it when some individual or group disagrees with it.

Chuck Reasor

Morro Bay

A piano plan

A teacher’s permit to teach piano at her condo has been revoked following complaints of noise by her neighbor (“Treble in Paradise,” Jan. 7).

May I suggest the following course of action:

1) The teacher, Ms. Marcus, gives lessons using an electronic keyboard with headphones in place of loudspeakers.

2) During “business hours,” Ms. Marcus leaves a 15-minute interval between student appointments so that there is only one car in her parking spot.

3) Ms. Marcus and Mr. Chester cover each side of the common wall with sound-absorbent material and cover it with an attractive fabric.

I enjoy piano playing in many genres — classical, jazz, ragtime, etc., but having to listen to piano lessons all day would drive me batty.

Mike Roberto

Paso Robles

A positive thing

It’s news to me that Portola brought the eucalyptus with him on his expedition to California’s Central Coast in the 1700s. The history books I’ve read suggest most eucalyptus in California are the product of a failed experiment to use the fast-growing timber for construction and fuel at the turn of the 20th century. It proved to be not very good for either.

The eucalyptus at Sweet Springs are likely feral offshoots from the plantation started by Walter Redfield off Pecho Road in the 1920s. The only trees deliberately planted on the preserve in times past were Monterey cypress. But whether feral or cultivated, Audubon has no plans to remove trees on the existing preserve open to the public.

We have proposed gradually removing up to a dozen eucalyptus per year on the new preserve if they are not being used by raptors or monarchs.

We will be planting three oaks for each eucalyptus removed in hopes of restoring some of the native woodland lost to development. And if providing free access to the preserve for the conservation and appreciation of our natural heritage for more than 25 years is not a “positive” thing to do, I don’t know what is.

Holly Sletteland

Preserve manager, Morro Coast Audubon Society

Express concerns

Save Pismo from unnecessary housing tracts, declining home values, water shortages and loss of open space. On Jan, 19, the Local Agency Formation Commission will vote on whether to approve the annexation of the Los Robles del Mar project (312 units) at the corner of Oak Park Boulevard and Old Oak Park Road.

Pismo does not need more homes. At the end of Highland Road there are 68 unsold lots in Las Ventanas Del Mar, a project sitting empty for two years.

In addition, Pismo has right now almost 600 build-out opportunities within its city limits. Why ruin another open space with empty streets, driveways and utility boxes and why add more potential real estate to a declining market? Pismo is a unique and charming city whose well being and income comes from its beaches, beach activities, festivals, restaurants, hotels and shops. This is where Pismo’s growth and planning should happen. Please contact LAFCO at www.slolafco.com   to express your concerns.

Carolyn Scheeff

Arroyo Grande

Grateful thanks

The South County Youth Coalition would once again like to take this opportunity to gratefully acknowledge and thank the members of the Central Coast Funds for Children for their generous ongoing support of our organization.

One of the primary goals of the South County Youth Coalition is to empower and support the youth and families in the South County and these funds will go along way in helping us achieve this goal. These funds will allow us to provide sports scholarships, art and music lessons, fund field trip and summer camp requests and many other enrichment activities for children who would not have these opportunities without this help.

Central Coast Funds for Children is an outstanding organization and we are so proud to partner with them in our mission to help children in our community.

Laurie Morgan

Treasurer, South County Youth Coalition, Arroyo Grande

Smart growth, please

On Jan. 19 there will be an important meeting of the Local Agency Formation Commission to decide if Pismo may take county land as to expand the city limits. The purpose of this expansion is to develop more homes and a school. The population of Pismo has decreased, there is no need for the 318 homes that are planned to go into that area.

The 101 freeway through Pismo Beach experiences the heaviest traffic in the county and Caltrans will not widen the freeway. The city has indicated with at least three correspondences that they would like a tax hike to pay for needed road improvements.

This annexation is not needed and will impact all those who live in the Five Cities as well as anyone that drives through this area on the freeway. Water is another important issue. We might not have enough water to support more development, other communities are already experiencing water shortages.

I am not opposed to growth. I am for smart growth and this development isn’t smart. If you are concerned about the Five Cities area then please come to the Jan. 19 meeting at the county Supervisors Chambers at 9 a.m. For more information go to saveprice canyon.com  .

Susan Testa

Pismo Beach

‘Moderate’ defined

Moderate: Not extreme, not violent, calm. We teach our children this. We deal with others this way. When did “moderate” become a dirty word? Candidates are behaving like immoderate, nasty schoolyard bullies. I want to hear about policy ideas, not how bad the other guy is.

Helen Anderson

San Luis Obispo

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