Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 1/16

Truth about ID laws

President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have been accused of trying to “scare up some votes” by opposing the voter suppression movement by the Republican right wing across the nation in this election year. Here are the facts to counter the half-truths and outright lies used to justify the new voter ID laws passed in many Republican run states.

First, The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, ACORN, never committed “voter fraud” as the right wing suggests. A few of their paid registration form gatherers submitted their material, ACORN checked the forms, “tagged” the ones found fraudulent and submitted them all as required by law. The Republican propaganda machine called this Democrats’ “massive fraud and corrupt practices.”

Next, the fear-mongering over the story that massive numbers of illegal immigrants, who had been living “under the radar” for years, are rushing to the polls and risking deportation and separation from their loved ones in order to cast a Democratic vote in an election is laughable, yet this is the rationale for these truly undemocratic laws, many written by ALEC, a select, secretive alliance of national and global corporations and conservative state representatives, funded by the billionaire Koch brothers (Google them).

Istar Holliday

Arroyo Grande

Someone’s missing

I hereby applaud Supervisor Jim Patterson’s long-range vision and deft parliamentary skills in leading the Integrated Waste Management Agency to pass the plastic bag ban.

Let me also remark on Tribune reporter Bob Cuddy’s coverage of the event. Bob almost always provides a complete and thorough account of every assignment. So I’m curious as to why he failed to report that Patterson’s challenger, Debbie Arnold, was so obviously missing from the bag debate. I’m certain, had she appeared at the podium, Bob would surely have recorded her views faithfully and completely.

Could it be that Ms. Arnold purposely avoided the opportunity? Could it be she lacks enough vision or skill to take purposeful action on matters of substance and controversy?

Jay Salter


Ban’s consequences

The plastic bag ban will take effect in this county in October, according to what I read in the news. People who choose to use cloth bags in their place are encouraged to wash between uses, because they can harbor bacteria or molds due to food residue.

However, what happens to the health and welfare of the store clerks who place items in the “unwashed” bags of those folks who reuse contaminated bags? And then those same clerks use their potentially contaminated hands to place food items in your bag or my bag?

Should the law require clerks to sanitize their hands between customers? Or perhaps each of us needs to decide whether we should bag our own food.

Should workers in the fresh food areas, such as produce, be required to wear protective gloves and change them often?

Every change to public policy has unforeseen consequences.

Diane Provost

Arroyo Grande

Bad bag options

What is a plastic bag? It’s just a tool, like a hammer to a carpenter. The plastic bag allows for transport of groceries from the market to my home. Do I care if they ban the plastic bag that was once touted as a superior choice over the paper bag? Not at all.

What I now care about is the transport problem of bringing my newly purchased, and ever more expense, groceries from the market to my home. The Integrated Waste Management Authority board voted 8 to 5 to take away my transport tool. What have they offered to replace that tool?

No problem, I’ll choose paper bags. Not so fast! I attended the meeting on Jan. 11, and displayed proudly above the board members’ heads was this language included in the ordnance: “Paper bags allowed if 40 percent post consumer paper and no old growth trees. Stores must charge their reasonable cost but no less than 10 cents per bag.”

So I no longer have plastic bags, paper bags now cost me more money, or I can put chicken and hamburger meat in a purchased reusable cloth bag. Once again, government intervention rips another piece from our quality of life.

Patrick Child


Tax fight worth having

C.J. Bell writes how people and businesses will pick up their marbles and go somewhere else if taxed too high (letters, Jan. 10).

I think that those who would leave their home for that reason have already done so to the Cayman Islands and Luxembourg, etc. I would be more concerned about those who are left behind in the latest American debacle involving Wall Street thieves.

When enough people have nothing left to lose, they become free to fight, and that is a fight worth having!

Sean Perry


Set an example

I admit to being an imperfect parent of a teenager. However, several years ago, I made the decision to put forth effort to be a better parent to my daughter by changing behavior that I recognized wasn’t conducive to my being a healthy role model for her.

Weekday mornings in Templeton create a traffic jam of personal vehicles often filled with parents holding cellphones up to their ears, chatting, while driving their children to school. It’s not random behavior. It’s typical. To those parents, I ask a couple of questions:

What do you think you’re teaching your children in your decision to ignore laws regarding cellphone use? Will you expect your children to do the right thing when they learn to drive? (And do you recognize that they do see everything you do?)

Cellphone use, alcohol use, respect for others, honesty — they’re all different sides of the same coin. Are you presenting yourself as someone your children can respect, or are you presenting yourself as someone who will be easily disregarded because of your blatant hypocrisy?

Just wondering.

Jeri Luther


CCFC supports teens

Central Coast Funds for Children (CCFC) has been supporting the needs of our community for almost 20 years, donating more than $1 million dollars to programs specifically benefiting the services of children.

The Central Coast LINK is thankful for CCFC’s continued and increasing support of Teens at Work, where we are transforming teens’ lives one job at a time. For the third consecutive year, CCFC has provided generous grant funds to provide transportation for student employees and costs of fuel for the recycling truck.

With the support of charitable donations like these, Teens at Work is engaging youths in developing job skills, leadership and responsibility through small business work experience. Teen Associates collect recyclables, tutor elementary school students, and design, produce and sell Teen Crafted products, which can be purchased online at TeenCrafted.Etsy.com. For more information about Teens at Work, please visit www.TeensAtWorkAtascadero.org or call us at 466-1732.

Rachel Cementina

Teens at Work director, Central Coast LINK

CCFC’s great work

It is with gratitude that I write this letter supporting and commending Central Coast Funds for Children (CCFC) regarding the wonderful service they provide.

The CCFC, a nonprofit corporation, is dedicated to fundraising in order to provide grants to other organizations, which benefit children with special needs within San Luis Obispo County. These enterprising ladies work endless hours, on several fundraising events each year to raise the thousands of dollars awarded annually.

The Morro Bay Community Foundation has once again been the beneficiary of a $3,000 grant. The funds from this grant will be used to provide scholarships for youths in need in Morro Bay, Cayucos and Los Osos, allowing them to participate in recreational and child enrichment programs provided by the Morro Bay Recreation and Parks Department.

I encourage you to support the CCFC’s exciting fundraising events that happen throughout the year; there are seven scheduled for 2012. It’s an impressive listing that can be found at www.centralcoastfundsforchildren.org.

Thank you, Central Coast Funds for Children!

Marlene Peter

President, Morro Bay Community Foundation