Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 1/23

Home is a sanctuary

A person’s home should be his or her sanctuary. I live in the peace and quiet of a Cambria neighborhood with the sounds of nature. When there is occasional loud music disturbing the peace, I can stand it because I am hoping it is temporary.

If I had to listen to constant piano (or any loud musical instrument) from my neighbor or while in my yard, I would be less than thrilled and also upset. Thank goodness the SLO City Council revoked the piano lesson permit (“Council tunes out piano teacher,” Jan. 18). Thank goodness a person can be allowed to enjoy the home he or she chose.

And by the way, I commend the council for also allowing a person to cut down dangerous trees on her own property, also.

Is it bouquets you guys give? Add mine to them.

Susan Oberholtzer


We’ve got it worse

Jay Chester thinks he has it bad (“Piano teacher’s permit revoked,” Jan. 7).

Listen to our story:

In 1976, we moved into our home on upper Highland Drive in San Luis Obispo. It was the most beautiful, tranquil neighborhood that anyone would long for. In 1995, the city of San Luis Obispo put one of three trailheads to Bishop Peak on the cul-de-sac next to our home. Now, instead of a peaceful, quiet neighborhood we have hundreds of people driving their cars daily up Highland Drive to climb Bishop Peak.

We have a very narrow street with no sidewalks.

As a result this has created an unsafe situation where people walk in the street around blind curves with baby strollers and dogs. In addition we have constant requests at our door for bottled water, use of our bathroom and telephones.

Trash is left for us to pick up daily. This includes dog poop, packaged and unpackaged, used condoms, cigarette butts and all kinds of empty beer bottles. The city was given 139 acres of open space, which is used to access Bishop Peak, and has failed to put any off-street parking for hikers. Our peaceful neighborhood no longer exists.

Bob and Mary Neal

San Luis Obispo

Apology, please

I speak for myself, but suspect that many other veterans of past conflicts would join me in saying that we appreciate the many thanks for our service but would prefer a sincere apology for sending us on a fool’s errand.

Bill Walther

Arroyo Grande

Water management

So, the county Planning Commission believes a new, 36,000-square-foot wine tasting facility and expansion of the Law Family vineyards, just west of Paso Robles, is just great.

As a resident of Paso Robles, I feel what would be just great is gaining a working knowledge of our aquifer. That there is an existing well on the property may be newsworthy; the fact that many more acre-feet of water will be necessary to support this buildout was not mentioned. A good “first step” would be to monitor existing wells to determine the rate the water in the aquifer is being consumed. I think county representatives and agencies need to step up to assure our most valuable natural resource is understood and managed for the benefit of all San Luis Obispo County residents.

William Tuck

Paso Robles

A better bike route

Our county Parks and Recreation Commission recently voted to place the connector bike path between north Morro Bay and Cayucos on the beach (west) side of Highway 1, despite the environmental impact report stating that, “the Proposed Project (Western) Alignment would result in the greatest number of significant environmental impacts.”

This route would pave an 8-foot-wide path from north Morro Bay through a pristine bluff area to the south end of Cayucos, continuing through narrow, congested Studio Drive, with views only of houses.

The Cayucos Advisory Council voted in favor of the environmentally superior eastern alignment of the connector trail.

In comments on the EIR, the California Department of Parks and Recreation wrote: “Environmental scientists prefer the environmentally superior alternative of the Eastern Alignment.”

The commission did not adopt required Statement of Overriding Consideration in choosing the west over the east alignment according to CEQA guidelines.

With so many conservationists and environmentalists in our area, why haven’t we moved to preserve this bluff area as the Estero Bluffs were saved? The ideal solution! Use the superior alternative in the eastern alignment for the bike path and place the California Coastal Trail, a walking trail, on the bluff top. Let’s use it!

Dave Dabritz


Abuse taken seriously

It’s so refreshing to know that there are people out there who take their jobs seriously and do care about animals. Recently it was brought to my attention that someone who owns several animals may not have been caring for them as they should. I called the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department and was put in touch with a very professional ag representative, Darren Davidson. He visited the property and took the time to call me back to report what was found.

This is the second time I have called upon our county ag crime unit to check out a potential problem. I am very impressed with the way Darren responds to calls, and more importantly looks out for the welfare of the animals.

I’m proud to work in a county where animal abuse is taken seriously.

Crystal Cardona

San Luis Obispo

ID laws suppress vote

I have to take exception to Penny Fries’ Jan. 6 letter regarding the recent spate of new voter ID laws. These laws that have been passed by Republican state legislatures and are meant to suppress the vote, not make it more fair. The new statutes are aimed at silencing the vote of the elderly, people of color, the young and the poor — in other words, persons who are more likely to vote for the Democratic candidate.

Voter fraud in not a major problem in the United States. Between 2002 and 2007, 300 million votes were cast in this country, and only 86 people were convicted of voter fraud. That is 0.000000029 percent.

One more thing, ACORN no longer exists. It was demonized by fraudulent editing of tapes by James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles of interviews done right here in California. As a result of a six-month onslaught by Fox, it lost its funding and declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Bill Tkach

Paso Robles

Fighting the dirtbags

Jim Griffin (Dec. 31) states his opinion that a military-police state has been established in the United States.

I will clarify some things for Mr. Griffin.

In the United States, there are two types of people: Ordinary folks like you and me, and dirtbags who would interfere with our right to live out our lives peaceably.

The job of our law enforcement agencies — and, where appropriate, our military — is to apprehend those dirtbags and bring them to justice. This is a democracy.

In North Korea, two types of people are also found: the ruling class (aka dirtbags), and millions of starving, brainwashed proletarians who keep those dirtbags in power. Whoever threatens this situation is sent to a gulag and/or executed. This is a police state.

The U.S. is at war with radical Islam, Mr. Griffin.

Al-Qaida and the Taliban want us either dead or forcefully converted to their religious beliefs.

In wartime it’s necessary to take extraordinary measures to protect our citizenry. In our open society if the government arrested people for “wrong politics” or “wrong ethnicity,” it would blow up in their face very quickly.

Face reality, Mr. Griffin. This is one of very few places in the world where that sort of thing won’t happen.

John Staley

Arroyo Grande

Target overhead costs

George Galvan’s letter of Jan. 7 is correct. I also add that the government picks on schools and social services as it takes away citizen thoughts of first addressing true overhead cost reductions within operating departments of the state, salary, pension and health care cost restructuring.

I gave state Sen. Sam Blakeslee four pages of agencies, commissions, bureaus, etc. funded by the state that if reduced by 50 percent would save a large sum of money.

So there are many areas of reorganization that can be done before more school cuts and social service cuts. Last, maybe return schools to country districts and disband the state Department of Education.

Richard Senn

Arroyo Grande

Dedication to children

It is fitting that my final act before retiring is to express our gratitude to one of the many service organizations that have supported Camp Hapitok over the years.

The Central Coast Funds for Children has been a longtime supporter, and the funds for the 2012 camp session for special needs children are deeply appreciated. It has been an inspiration to know the women of CCFC over the last 20 years. Their dedication to the children of the Central Coast is so evident by their tireless efforts and optimism. They have been an inspiration to me over the years.

One of the greatest privileges of nonprofit work has been my association with the many individuals who give so selflessly through service organizations, foundations and businesses.

The spirit of giving makes the Central Coast an incredible place to live and work.

Vicki Hotaling

Past director, Camp Hapitok