Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 6/6

Protect Price Canyon

No development in Price Canyon! What part of that statement does the Pismo Beach City Council completely fail to understand? By egging on landowners with outdated, worn-out ideas included in a coastal plan from more than 30 years ago, and force-feeding residents with plans for growth and traffic that nobody needs and nobody wants, the City Council is turning into a dead end and running out of gas at the same time!

Stop it! Work with the county and the landowners to preserve and protect all agricultural land and operations. Borrow a page from San Luis Obispo’s long-running and successful land preservation “greenbelt” program and work to start a similar program, where possible, in Pismo Beach.

And above all, “maintain the rural experience of the area,” as Mr. Hester put it, by actually doing it, rather than bulldozing Price Canyon and filling it with urban sprawl.

Got it?

Gary Linquist

Morro Bay

U.N. influence

Much has been said in these pages about the inestimable value of the United Nations as a leader in world affairs and human rights. The real truth is that the United Nations since its inception has given comfort and succor to some of the world’s least-attractive dictators. The most recent example of the U.N.’s disregard for democracy and freedom, and possibly its most egregious, came earlier this week when the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) named Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe and widely believed to be responsible for ethnic cleansing, terrorizing his opposition, rigging elections, and suppressing freedom of expression, as its international ambassador for tourism.

The tragedy is that by honoring a ruthless dictator, the United Nations has slapped the face of not just Zimbabweans but of Africans across the continent who have had the courage to speak out against tyranny and dictatorship.

Let me urge everyone to write to their representatives in Congress and ask that they take a strong and unequivocal stand against this outrage. While U.N. bureaucrats are notoriously immune to public pressure, our role as the institution’s principal source of funding gives an irate American voice a wee bit more volume and import.

Russ Surber

Paso Robles

Driven reckless

What have we become?

Hop in your car and drive down the street. It’s unbelievable — the pushing, impolite, reckless behavior all around us. It’s not just the young and careless, it’s everybody. Seniors, school kids and demon-eyed old men.

You know as well as I do that asking people to drive with consideration and safety is unrealistic. No fear of God, society or karma will bring about change. Unfortunately, it has to be law enforcement — that’s the only answer.

Recently, some information was put out about alleged ticket quotas in Paso Robles. It’s hard to believe that between cellphone users, reckless drivers and straight out tailgaters that our local police would be worried about quotas. They should be worried about running out of tickets.

I’m a strong supporter of our Police Department, but unless someone gets the bull by the horns, we will be experiencing an ongoing problem that could be costly in property, as well as life. Hope our new chief of police is on board.

Don Marteen

Paso Robles

End of furloughs

We are pleased to announce that the Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention Center’s furloughs have ended!

In January, the SARP Center of SLO County began closing its doors the second and fourth Mondays of each month due to budget cuts and fundraising shortages. These furlough days were anticipated to last through the end of June. However, due to your efforts as supporters, we were able to raise enough funds to return to our regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, effective June 4.

A big thank-you to our staff, board of directors, volunteers and supporters who spread the word, donated to the agency and strengthened our efforts during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

We are so grateful to be back to our regular working hours, providing 24-hour crisis services and counseling to survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones and offering prevention education programs throughout the county. Thank you, San Luis Obispo County — you made this happen!

Kristy McCray

Executive Director, Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention Center of SLO County

Successful gala

The North County Women’s Shelter & Resource Center would like to thank everyone who joined us for our gala event “Moonlight and Moonshine” at the Atascadero Lake Pavilion on April 14. The evening would not have been possible without the support of those community members who donated their time and/or goods and services. Thank you for making this event so special and successful.

A special thank-you is due to Pier 46, Kohl’s, Kramer Entertainment, Paso Robles Optimist Club, Robert Hall Winery, Office Max Impress, and the Pavilion staff. We would also like to extend our great appreciation to the Friends of the North County Women’s Shelter, who are responsible for organizing this extremely successful fundraiser that benefits North County families who are victims of domestic violence.

Nearly one in four women reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life. Last year, the North County Women’s Shelter & Resource Center provided services including a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelter, restraining order support and counseling to more than 2,000 women, men and children who were affected by intimate partner violence. We thank you for your ongoing support as we work to eradicate domestic violence in our community.

Jennifer Adams

Executive director, North County Women’s Shelter & Resource Center

For better treatment

Thank you for publishing the front-page article, “Treating the Mentally Ill: A Hole In the System?” on Sunday, June 3. That’s a very good question.

As members of the local National Alliance on Mental Illness, we advocate for better treatment for those who suffer with these terrible illnesses and for education of their frustrated families that are trying to get their loved ones the help they need.

This article goes a long way to explain the problems and dilemmas in our county concerning treatment for the seriously mentally ill. Our hearts ache for the victims and families of those who have been killed and/or injured by a psychotic individual, a person who could be helped with treatment. Doesn’t our community have the right to be safe from a seriously mentally ill person who refuses treatment and is a danger to himself or others? There are patient’s rights and victim’s rights.

If the cost savings quoted in the article are true, SLO County should reallocate funds to try using Laura’s Law. Or at least try to fill the “hole” in the system that has allowed so many deaths and so much sorrow in our county to occur.

Ed and Kathy Garner

San Luis Obispo

Generous community

Outside Now would like to thank our community for its support of our second annual “Dare to Wear Green” Fundraising Gala and Auction held March 24 at the Odd Fellows Hall in San Luis Obispo. Through the generous support of the community and the dedicated efforts of our auction crew, we met our goal of $15,000, which we’ll transform into nature-connection programs for local youth and families.

We’re grateful to the businesses and community members who donated auction items, food and drink; the volunteers who worked to make the evening magical; those who attended the event itself and bid on items; and the Red Skunk Jipzee Swing Band for providing vibrant music throughout the evening.

I’m honored to live in such a generous community — one that values relationships, worthy causes and the natural world. We look forward to meeting you out in nature and seeing you at next year’s big event!

Donna Helete

Executive director, Outside Now

A day of service

On April 28, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined with other community organizations for a day of service to benefit Lopez Lake Recreation Area. Besides the donation of money and supplies at over $10,000, about 400 members of the LDS Church and Arroyo Grande showed up in the morning to paint, clear trails and fire pits, build fences and clear beaches. Over 1,500 hours of volunteer work were completed in just one morning. Because of budget cuts, the recreation area has had many projects neglected for several years.

All the supplies were donated by generous local companies. Thank you to Jeff Brough of Brough Construction, United Rental, Ken Pinio of CalPortland, Richard Lawrence Trucking, Brisco Lumber and private donors for your dedication to improving our community.

Darren Hulstine

Santa Maria Stake president, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints