Another lawsuit resulting from our ex-police chief’s alleged actions (“Officer sues over alleged harassment,” May 30). And another fine example of the result of our city government acting on its own behalf, not its citizens’.
This lawsuit never should have happened. Shame on ex-police Chief Dennis Cassidy, ex-Mayor Frank Mecham, Mayor Duane Picanco, City Councilmen Fred Strong, Nick Gilman, John Hamon and Ed Steinbeck, and City Manager Jim App for their part in allowing this to happen to this city. And shame on us, the citizens, for allowing them to do it.
This, and other actions, relating to Ms. Lisa Solomon’s alleged conduct as a police chief have left an indelible black mark on this city. How can we talk to our impressionable children and get them to understand that this is not the way city government should work? All citizens of this city have to be just a little more ashamed of being a Paso Roblan.
In the May 30 paper, two articles caught my eye. One was the misuse of Sept. 11 scholarship fund money by politicians. The other was the study that showed the miniscule amount of cigarette tax money that was actually used for its intended purpose, interdiction and education. Once again, most of the money was squandered by politicians. Keep these stories in mind when voting on tax hikes.
Disaster for disabled
As a conservative Republican and Christian, and also a disabled middle-aged man, I am concerned about Social Security being cut under Mitt Romney’s plan to reduce the budget deficit. The percentage of disabled people is, I believe, a large number like 30 percent to 40 percent approximately or “guesstimation.”
If we have earned Social Security paid into with it with the taxes on our paychecks, why should it be taken away from the very needy or poor people who are less than middle class in the first place? Once set, this time bomb will go off without warning, without paying attention to the disaster that waits with the disabled.
Scott C. Presnal
As lovely as the Strawberry Festival in Arroyo Grande was recently with great musicians and arts and crafts all available on a beautiful summery day, the ubiquitous strawberry shortcake available for $7 was embarrassing.
The four or five strawberries were pulpy with absolutely no taste save for an artificial strawberry syrup and a chemically propped “whipped cream” that didn’t dissolve or melt in the 76-degree sun. What an unappetizing, overpriced and disappointing offering of the area’s well-known crop. Whatever happened to succulent and sweet, seasonal strawberries?
San Luis Obispo
Divine Dodgers fan
In response to the man who wrote regarding God and baseball (letters, May 30), God knows he needs some down time. I have it on good authority that God enjoys baseball and is a Dodgers fan.
The problem with the Air Pollution Control District is not so much high salaries and benefits and how to sustain them, but rather the fact that the agency does little in the way of pollution control, afraid as it is to ruffle the feathers of the good ol’ boy/gal mentality that is almost a cottage industry in SLO County.
Because the Good Ol’ Boys like pollution, particularly the carcinogenic type, shouldn’t they be manly enough to pay for the air quality mayhem that the APCD so kindly allows?
Instead of increasing car registration fees and imposing an added property tax, as Mr. Larry Allen, the executive director, suggests, why not tax the wood-burners, the fire pit users, the campfire people who ruin nature, the barbecue people who destroy food, the exhaust emitters on the Oceano Dunes?
Their bill is long overdue. Cancer is costly.
M. Power Giacoletti