Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 2/15

Solarization

Mr. Anthony Earley, CEO of PG&E, please consider the following:

Solarize the right-of-way of the 70,000-volt transmission lines that feed the Mustang substation on Cal Poly property.

Solarize 100 acres of the Kirschner Ranch on Stenner Creek Road.

Solarize 62 acres on Dan Devaul’s property.

Solarize the remaining property at Temple Beth David at Los Osos Valley Road and Foothill Boulevard by installing EV chargers in the temple parking lot.

Solarize 100 acres at the PG&E substation that feeds CMC.

Solarize 100-acre increments on Old Ontario Road clear to the Diablo information center.

Refine solar leasing system to make it easy and affordable for residential and businesses to access/qualify.

PG&E should team up with Cal Poly for additional solar energy projects.

Cal Poly, PG&E, the city of SLO and interested solar companies and construction companies should build a SLO “Home of the Future” completely solarized from the ground up.

PG&E should donate 50 scholarships to Cal Poly in solar electric engineering.

PG&E and the city of SLO should become one of the leading cities in the world on the path to a truly green city.

B.E. Jones and Michael Melden

San Luis Obispo

An evolving struggle

There is evolving today in our classrooms and elsewhere a struggle that is very reminiscent of the problems that the acceptance of evolution had some years back.

Today, the controversy has to do with the acceptance of global warming as a scientific reality. South Dakota and Utah have passed resolutions questioning climate change and Tennessee and Oklahoma give climate change skeptics a place in their classrooms. There also appears to be many other states following this pattern with some teachers simply ignoring the issue hoping that it will go unnoticed primarily for fear of a backlash.

Climate change skeptics are mostly a part of a political ideology that believes it is too liberal an issue. There is also a very strong response from fossil fuel organizations and from those who believe that it cuts too severely in to the job market.

As was the case for evolution, science today has stated explicitly that global warming is also a fact and must be contended with.

W.R. Cole

Arroyo Grande

Too few officers

In response to The Tribune’s Feb. 9 article regarding Paso Robles Chief of Police Lisa Solomon, I have no comment on legal matters because I don’t know the facts. I believe that our city manager and council should be held accountable for decreasing the number of officers to what I consider an unsafe number.

Regarding safety, numbers on paper are not the only thing that matters. Police officers need to feel safe, their job requires them to cover one another’s back and that isn’t easily accomplished when a department is running on fumes and low morale.

Our General Plan calls for 1.3 officers per 1000 residents. With the additional hiring of four officers vacancies remaining are too high.

The problem I have regarding cuts is a lack of a yearly evaluation involving the public. In 2009 the council should have taken the pulse of the city; if they had, residents could have told them there were gangs and safety issues.

The questions I would pose to the council and city manager are: Why do we need four planners when there has been very little in the area of building houses? Why should administration have so many employees when our Police Department’s staff is so low? What kind of disaster are you waiting for before putting safety as the top budget priority?

Katherine Barnett

Paso Robles

Cameras OK

When businesses install cameras, they’re protecting their goods and premises, but install a camera in a dark, isolated section of our community, and cries of “government intrusion” abound.

I’ve watched the complaints with growing alarm. What if they gain traction? You see, it’s South County Historical Society’s “goods and premises” that are at risk, as well as your community’s history. It’s my responsibility to keep these irreplaceable buildings and artifacts safe, and I’m sleeping better with the cameras there.

Do you like our 100-year-old schoolhouse at the Swinging Bridge? Would it worry you that we found scorch marks on the backside of the building where someone tried to set it on fire? How about the two break-ins The Barn suffered last year? Yes, we have an alarm system, but they were long gone by the time help arrived.

So call it what you like. It isn’t your worry. I will call it the gift from taxpayers wanting to preserve their heritage and from a city doing what it can to protect its treasures. Don’t want to be filmed? Don’t walk along the creek at night, but I promise if you do, you’ll feel safer.

Jan Scott

Curator, South County Historical Society

Meaningless review

What, exactly, are James Cushing’s qualifications as a music reviewer? I ask this because his reviews never seem particularly incisive and are often downright meaningless.

The most recent of these, “SLO Symphony Review” (Feb. 8), was puzzling: “In the solo horn prologue, Todd coaxed a creamy, sensual, warm tone out of his instrument that would be fattening if it were a food, and Cock’s genderless tenor proved a lovely sauce to the horn’s rich meal.” Huh?

More disturbing is that Mr. Cushing had a “problem with Britten’s conception The sameness blurred the individualities of Jonson, Blake and Tennyson.” Ridiculous! The songs are as different and individual as the poets themselves. In any case, this is not a “new” piece, but rather a tried-and-true work that has withstood the test of time. Britten was one of the giants of the 20th century, and it is not fruitful to question his artistic concepts at this point. Just critique the performance!

The Tribune deserves more thoughtful and informed music criticism if it wishes maintain a high journalistic level. Furthermore, it would do well to review offerings of other local musical groups, including Opera SLO, the Cuesta Master Chorale, etc.

Jill Anderson

Shell Beach

Third-world U.S.

In recent years, I have progressively leaned toward the conclusion that America is becoming a third-world country.

Because of the focus of our current political campaign, I am now convinced that we have reached our goal. A country in which candidates campaign on religious issues, birth control and contraception is in no way a leader of the free world and can no longer place itself among first world powers.

I’m chastising both parties for allowing this to occur, but if the Republicans obtain power in November, I fear that the first position to be established in the president’s new cabinet would be that of “inquisitor general.”

Goodbye, America, and move over, North Korea and Sudan.

Leroy Bosanko

Paso Robles

Changing times

In his letter to The Tribune published Feb. 12, Jeff Bringle takes the horticulture department at Cal Poly to task for not growing carnations so he can have them for his employees for Valentine’s Day.

Clearly Jeff has not kept up with changes in the industry since he was “a student there back in the late ’70s.”

Because of customers such as Jeff who look for local products only once in “a few years,” more than 90 percent of carnations and roses sold in this country are now produced cheaply in South America and mostly sold cheaply through grocery stores. Local producers cannot survive on customers who buy once in “a few years,” and then only for one day a year.

The carnation growers have moved to South America. There are still a small number of rose growers left in the U.S., and two are in this county. I suggest to Jeff that if he wants to spend a little more for roses than cheap carnations, he support the local growers, one of whom is a fellow Cal Poly alumnus who sells retail at the local farmers markets. They will be happy to see him.

And don’t expect “fresh” roses or carnations from your grocery store.

Cheap yes; fresh, unlikely.

Dave Hannings

Professor emeritus, Cal Poly horticulture and crop science department

Eternal vigilance

Both The Tribune and Dr. Rushdi Cader need to be applauded for the poignant Viewpoint of Jan. 16 on the Manzanar Relocation Center.

As a 13-year-old German Jewish refugee living in San Francisco in 1942, I was well aware of the constant talk of setting up similar detention camps for all residents of German birth; Jewish and non-Jewish alike. Fortunately, this was never implemented — possibly because we looked too much like everyone else!

It seems that whenever we perceive an external threat (real or imagined), our reflex reaction is to ignore our Constitution and violate the civil rights of a minority.

As Dr. Cader clearly reminds us, today, as never before, we must remain ever vigilant to protect the rights of all of our fellow citizens and avoid future Manzanars.

Paul Wolff

San Luis Obispo

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