I participated in the San Luis Obispo Half Marathon. I was so impressed by the welcome rolled out for the runners on Sunday morning. It was wonderful to see so many folks standing in their driveways offering a supportive wave, cheer or thumbs-up as we ran by. I saw folks in their robes drinking coffee, young kids in strollers and families with signs rooting for their favorite runner. It was just great to have so much support from the community.
Having a race in your neighborhood and on your streets can be a nuisance as you are stuck with road closures. I was so pleased to see so many folks getting in the spirit of the day and supporting the athletes. The SLO Half Marathon was my first, and I assure you I will be back for this first-class event.
Thanks to all who worked so hard to make it a great day for everyone who participated.
Move to amend
For over a hundred years, corporations have been picking apart our Constitution to change the rules that at one time kept them from usurping our nation’s Bill of Rights.
With the Supreme Court ruling (Citizens United v. FEC), corporations became people, and money became free speech that cannot be regulated. As a result, a groundswell of resistance by those who value their Bill of Rights is building across the nation.
Move to Amend in SLO has ties to this national movement. This movement makes a lot of sense. Our elections are disintegrating, as the recent Republican primaries exemplify. The upcoming primary will be even worse. How does this happen?
What citizens need most during our elections are truthful, unvarnished facts. Many people get taken in by all the negative ads that big money can buy to slander the opposing candidate. The ads do not even have to be true. If the opposing candidate cannot buy ads to refute the lie, the lie does its dirt. Move to Amend will stop the flow of money.
If the lies continue, lawsuits for libel and slander against the printers and media owners should be in order as well.
Loved your article, “Nipomo water is a warning for Paso,” (March 30). Right on. Paso needs to look around. All of these grapes in the area are pumping water —a lot, and the water level will drop a lot. The wineries say no, but we will see. I won’t, but a lot of you will. This was mostly all dry land farming when I was growing up.
Shame on Sierra Club
Thanks to The Tribune for its excellent April 25 article “Patterson won’t get Sierra Club nod.”
We are left to conclude the Sierra Club is punishing Supervisor Patterson for his support of Carrizo solar. The irony here is that this withholding of support inures directly to the benefit of pro growth and indirectly to global warming. If we do have time to turn global warming, we don’t have much.
Thirty-five percent of us are willing to pass the global warming costs of flooding, world starvation, etc. on to others. The rest of us can commit fratricide in search of perfect solutions. Does the Sierra Club not understand the fierce urgency that awaits practical solutions? Doctrinaire answers just create more rats with problems. Shame on the Sierra Club.
Special day of track
I join Coach James Brown in thanking the Oceano Five-Cities Elks and the county high school track coaches in his “Thanks from coach” (letters, April 18).
While I agree with everything Coach Brown said, I saw something wonderful occur at the track meet. The SLO County track meet is a special sanctioned meet because any number of athletes are allowed to enter an event. Other track meets limit the event participants from a particular high school to three or four.
At the SLO County track meet, I watched the top athletes participate and their team members cheer them on. Then, as their teammates ran the same event, often for the first time in a sanctioned meet, the top athletes cheered them on. The athletes turned out in droves despite the rain and cold weather. They were accommodating when working with the Oceano Five-Cities Elks volunteers who have sponsored the event for the past 30 years.
The volunteers were happy, the coaches hopeful and the athletes excited. Thanks to all for a special day.
Mike Balster, teacher