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Dear Shredder 

Los Osos

Your definition of a Los Osos Sewer Nut (“Sometimes you feel like a nut … ,” Oct. 20) differs from mine: A Los Osos Sewer Nut is someone who has nuts (i.e. chutzpah, gumption, guts, or, in language you might understand [and not very lady-like, but necessary to make my point], “balls”—and in Los Osos you have to have BIG ones).

To go before the Board of Supervisors, Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Osos Community Services District, and every other government body associated with the multitude of issues facing Los Osos week after week, year after year, only to be marginalized as a “nut” by “representatives” and the so called “legitimate press” takes nuts and tremendously thick skin.

These tireless citizens study the issues, run numbers, read the reports, educate themselves and the public, sharing their vast knowledge and history, and have no problem calling out the errors of their leaders, consultants, the press, and so-called experts.

No one has their finger on the pulse of the community of Los Osos like several of these “nuts” do. They are in the trenches. After making their pleas to the BOS on Tuesday mornings, they are together again Wednesday mornings passing out groceries to the hungry in Los Osos. Throughout the year they are raising funds for the nonprofits People Helping People, bell ringing for the Salvation Army and the Maxine Lewis Homeless Shelter on an ongoing basis.

To be criticized by the Shredder is a badge of honor, one that raises the level of debate. Bring it on! Which Los Osos issue would you like to cover? Sewer collection system types? Sewer treatment system types? Sewer plant locations? Funding? Seawater intrusion? Bankruptcy? Paavo and Maria? You name it. Let’s go toe to toe.

About your timing, you chose to castigate the “Sewer Nuts” in the Oct. 13 New Times, just two days after BOS Chairman Adam Hill violated well known “Sewer Nut” Linde Owen’s right to speak freely at the podium. To “lump in” the Shredder with Adam in subsequent online debates was easy. New Times failed to cover the Brown Act-violating story promptly—shredding Hill for turning off her microphone and taking away her right to speak. It took the Sewer Nuts and Eric Greening to charge the hill, educating the Board on the Brown Act and the First Amendment a week later. Our friends at the Tribune are still silent on the subject.

Use your Los Osos Sewer Nut terminology as you wish; I find it a term of endearment and am honored if they’ll include me among them.

-- Julie Tacker - Los Osos

-- Julie Tacker - Los Osos

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