New Times / Letters to the Editor
Ease up on the frats
Doug Walby - Escondido -
Brought the family up for Thanksgiving week and found a copy of New Times lying around the pool, so I thought I’d give it a read. Jeez, you guys have really gotten yourselves worked up over this silly frat party thing, haven’t you (“Hosed,” Nov. 28)?
Bad judgment? Bad taste? Yes, and yes; it’s a frat house, not Dear Abby. So, what exactly are the standards these days for getting together a few dozen, or maybe a hundred or so drunken college kids, presumably many of whom are below the legal drinking age to begin with?
Take a look at some of the decisions corporate America and our government have put forth as examples over the last few decades, and you’ll see that making bad decisions is an American tradition, so why set the bar so high for a bunch of college students? I’m not saying the frat made a good choice with their party theme, but I’m a bit surprised at the intensity of the reactions I read in your paper. In addition to learning their chosen fields of study, college students have been known to party and act like idiots from time to time, and somehow the university system of the entire nation has been able to survive this heinous breach of ethics over the years.
Don't bring Morro Bay more animosity
Melody DeMeritt - former city council member, Morro Bay -
How can I count the lies on a recent flyer sent to Morro Bay residents?
Lie No. 1: Who voted to raise your sewer bill? Janice Peters and her majority on City Council back in 2007 voted to raise your sewer bill by 5 percent every January, with no end in sight!
And what did we get for those higher sewer rates for the last six years? Nothing but overpaid consultants.
Lie No. 2: Jamie Irons never “demanded that the Coastal Commission deny our planned sewer plant.” Fact, Coastal Commission staff had already written a scathing negative report about our consultant and staff plans to build new infrastructure next to the ocean, even with predicted sea level rise.
Lie No. 3: This flyer uses the logo for the Tribune (did they ask the newspaper for permission to use their logo?). Please remember that the Tribune recently published its own editorial supporting Jamie Irons and telling people to not sign the recall petitions.
Question: Why did the flyer give an Atascadero phone number should I want more false information? Why don’t they give a Morro Bay number?
Finally, the San Luis Obispo County clerk in charge of elections confirmed that this recall election could not take place until after March 7—likely even later. Jamie Irons must face re-election in our June primary, and we can vote him out then.
Don’t sign the petition and bring even more animosity and heartache to our lovely city. Let this rest and vote in June.
Stop bickering, and fight fracking together
Melanie and Robert Sachs - San Luis Obispo -
I read with bewilderment and incredulity the recent article about the escalating legal battle over the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin (“Let the lawsuits begin!” Nov. 28). Not that this is not an important issue to resolve; I would like to step back a bit and offer a different perspective.
Regardless of whether you want the Central Coast to be engulfed in grape vines or see the value in plant and livestock bio-diversity, both sides hold to a vision of the Central Coast as an agricultural region that encourages a healthy lifestyle and is a magnet for tourism. This vision will be decimated if the Monterey shale fields are fracked. The risk of poisoned groundwater, petrochemical-rich air pollution, and the “promise” of millions of jobs leading to more housing, malls, and development will suck up the precious water and turn the Central Coast into urban paved-over jungle where no self-respecting wine grape, cow, or carrot will want to live, let alone thrive.
Get it straight, folks. The oil companies love you bickering. So long as you squabble and cannot come to some accord, your eyes are off the ball and blind to the big picture. Frackers and their vision of corporate profits will rule the day as they slip in the back door and take it all—in which case both your arguments are moot. You both lose—in which case we all lose.
It is time to come together and come up with a vision that works to make the groundwater basin sustainable. And a good part of this becomes achievable if you realize who the biggest enemy to you both is. If you join the many concerned citizens on the Central Coast who want to ban fracking, perhaps you will also find many intelligent supportive citizens who can help in coming up with the creative solution you need to help maintain one of the most beautiful, livable spots in America, if not the world.
I've got a site idea
B.E. "Billie" Jones - San Luis Obispo -
Looking at all the facts will show that the existing location behind Cuesta College is the best location for Morro Bay’s new sewer treatment plant. Please consider this, Mr. John Rickenbach. There is enough acreage surrounding the Men’s Colony treatment plant to install a solar field that will accomplish a positive result for all concerned. It could furnish enough energy to service the needs of all the following:
1) The entire city of Morro Bay
2) Cuesta College
3) Camp San Luis
4) the county school building
5) Dairy Creek Golf Course
6) El Chorro Regional Park
7) California Men’s Colony
8) both men’s and women’s county jails
PG&E could use this new source of power to offset their loss of the Morro Bay generation plant. Cuesta College could use the solar field as a working laboratory for their new renewable energy education center. Please consider battery energy storage packs, and all of the above-named benefactors’ electric bills will be net zero.
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