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Life won't be as sweet any more

Two sugars and milk for my coffee ... but the two Sugars I'll miss most are Drew and Nerissa. You've been a wonderful team to watch, and I wish you success in your future endeavors. Your kids are going to love having you home in the evenings. You can read to them and keep your chops. LOL.

Congratulations and much success!

Mo McFadden

Santa Barbara




What about Chuck?

I always appreciate the small absurdities with which Kai Beech often laces his writing. However, his short article on UFC icon Chuck Liddell's endorsement of Jerry Lenthall ("Vote for Lenthall or else. Or else Hill," March 6)

may have missed a better analogy than Obama/Winfrey and Clinton/DeGeneres: B action movie icon Chuck Norris' backing of Mike Huckabee during the Republican primaries. And look how that one turned out.

David Shannon

San Luis Obispo




Surfers get no love in New Times

Having read New Times weekly and enjoyed all of the different points of view, I am disappointed by your coverage of the SLO Film Festival.

With the amount of surfers in the area, why no coverage of the Surf Night's tribute to Bud Browne? Not even a mention of the other surf films at the Palm at 4 p.m. Thursday and/or even a mention about another surf legend, Woody Brown, and his film at La Perla del Mar in Pismo Beach at noon on Saturday. With the steady increase in popularity of Surf Night, what gives?

One final note: If Surf Night isn't popular, why would they have a Surf Party with live music and a whole group of surfing legends in attendance?

Keith Dekker

Los Osos




Let's keep thinking nothing bad ever happens here

I thought that the March 6 Shredder ("Clean up that ranch!"), discussing the various attitudes people on the Central Coast have about the addicted and homeless, was particularly interesting as it followed the opinions in "Street Talk." A local woman, when asked about Sunny Acres' possible closure, said that the residents should be sent to Iraq.

What a great idea! We can combine all of our problems into one area and then continue to pretend it doesn't exist in our happy California county where nothing bad ever happens.

Thanks, Dan DeVaul, for caring about people whom we, in the Central Coast, are too busy and important to notice.

Mary Cronin

Los Osos




What's a Poly student to do?

The "Put energy toward something more constructive" letter to the editor on March 6 by Reiku Hiteruo says we're racist for being fed up with the elitist Poly student attitudes. He also says it's the community's fault for not offering anything for Cal Poly students to do but drink excessively.

It's our fault for only offering beaches for surfing, boogie boarding, kite-surfing, volleyball, sunbathing miles of bike paths miles of hiking trails many places to kayak and canoe gorgeous lake view sites for camping numerous parks for barbecues softball roller skating bowling live theater fairs and festivals too numerous to mention and on and on.

Yup. Nothing for the poor little rich Pollies to do but drink. Gag me with a chihuahua in a pink dress! Maybe the parents can buy these kids some personal responsibility.

Amy Mordan

San Luis Obispo




The 'N' word welcomed me back to SLO

As a black alumnus of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, I find Ms. Lisa Ellman's use of the "N" word highly offensive ("Get some social consciousness," March 6). It amazes me that she thinks it's fine to relate a racially derogatory term to her hearing someone regard Jews as cheap. Sad that the "N" word is the first thing that comes to mind, and she was just eager to write it down for all to read.

I attended Cal Poly from 1997 to 2002 and earned a degree in computer engineering. During those years, I heard that "N" uttered a number of times by sober and drunk white/Jewish students and residents of San Luis Obispo County. I've even seen white people dressed in blackface on Halloween in this area for fun. Shameful.

I just happened to be passing through San Luis Obispo on the Amtrak and picked up a copy of New Times during the 20-minute stop for old time's sake. This is what I am greeted with on my way to Santa Barbara. Thank you, Ms. Lisa Ellman and New Times editors. It's nice to see that some things about San Luis Obispo County never change.

If I see that you have chosen not to print this letter in your next issue, it is even more telling.

Kieran Cox





Something's fishy here

Kathy Johnston has now established a pattern of disgracefully lopsided reporting on marine conservation and commercial fishing. Her recent article on fishing vessel location monitoring ("Reeled in," March 6) filled 21 paragraphs with hyperventilated though understandable reactions of four local fishermen, but quoted only five words from a National Marine Fisheries Service publication on the program. The article's bias was established as early as the subtitle, which blessed a fisherman's ridiculous term, "ankle bracelet," though the inevitable tired Orwell reference was mercifully deferred to paragraph five.

The article provided no context or balance explaining why location tracking is taking place, nor any mention of the worldwide problems of overfishing and marine destruction. Ms. Johnston made the same breathtaking omissions in a September 2007 piece on the new Marine Protected Areas.

Most people have no awareness of the global catastrophe of overfishing, which unfortunately extends far beyond just ensuring that tuna is dolphin-safe. The problem is especially bad in countries or waters where regulation is weak or enforcement lax, and it's just one of many profound marine environmental problems. The oceans are vast wilds, largely out of sight, where misbehavior--some of which can be hideous indeed--is very hard to monitor.

It's easy to understand fishermen's objections to monitoring, but cries of "ankle bracelets" and Orwell have the scent of smokescreen. Given the challenges and the stakes, it's reasonable to use some sort of GPS tracking and it ought to be easy to address privacy concerns, if they're genuine. And Jeremiah O'Brien is wrong: Plenty of other industries use GPS tracking on land and sea, as many cargo captains, truck drivers, and cab drivers will tell you. And such tracking is usually done not by government black helicopters, but by companies eager to avoid misbehavior, liability, etc. Surely the survival of marine life--and a fishing industry dependent on it--is at least as important as keeping trucks under the speed limit.

Bill Persinger

Morro Bay




We won't vote for what we don't want to hear

I whole-heartedly applaud Jim Duenow's assessment of our ill economy in his commentary "Are we the enemy?" (Feb. 21). As always, it helps to know history. A healthy economy requires a responsible citizenry, as well as government. Politicians are afraid to implement a sound policy of preserving our infrastructure, because citizens begrudge paying taxes. We won't vote for what we don't want to hear.

As Duenow points out, we demand that our politicians "borrow and spend." An overhaul, more than a "correction," is in order. Can we stop looking for shortcuts, denounce the "borrow and spend" strategy to which consumerism and escapism has lead us? San Luis Obispo County is in need of sound infrastructure and services. Are we mature enough to pay taxes for it?

Lori Slater





Be like Fox News

I think that, as a newspaper serving the Paso Robles area, you would be fair and balanced, like Fox News. There are too many people up there who have invested money with Real Property Lenders ("More hard luck with hard money," Feb. 14) who have no clue as to what investing is about.

Too many people up there put all their money in one basket, which is stupid. I have money with Real Property Lenders, Schwab, Jones, and my credit union, and they are all split up so all my money is not in one basket.

Now think about this: Some of the people up there have no idea how things work and are being led by people who don't know much more. The big stock market crash of 1929 started because people panicked and took all their money out at one time. Some people up there want to sell for 40 cents on the dollar, which is stupid. I have one project now that one of the other investors offered to buy for 70 cents on the dollar and 51 percent of the people agreed to. Do you think that this person did this because he felt sorry for us? The Phoenix Recovery Group--you think they are in this because they are great people? No, it's because they see a way to make money. You, as a newspaper in that area, need to follow all the facts and then report them.

Douglas Chase

Rancho Cucamonga




Take the time to notice

In the hustle and bustle of today's society, many people do not take--nor really have time to take--the time to notice the environment. In fact, it was just last week that I had realized how the lush, green hills of San Luis Obispo sidle through the city, moving transiently without bound.

In taking the time to realize one's surroundings, one can easily identify when something does not belong, such as trash on the ground in a park. It is not that it is a chore to pick up the trash when one sees it somewhere where the trash does not belong, but it is so much easier to assume that another passerby will pick the trash up. Not to say that people would openly commit this act, but the population of people who proactively do "clean sweeps" throughout the city seems to be diminishing.

It is hard to say that people do not enjoy their surrounding environment, but the lack of taking the time to notice it seems valid. Just taking the time--even the briefest--to appreciate the environment, and maybe even help clean it up if necessary, can help, little by little, in creating a more beautiful and healthy world.

Matt Leewood

Chino Hills




How dare we discriminate!

I know there are some open and loving conservative families out there who love and treat everyone equally. How do the conservatives who don't want equality in marriage explain their discriminatory point of view to gay family members--or don't they have any gay members in their families? Try and imagine if you were gay and raised or belong to a family that doesn't support your equality. How do you think you would feel?

The arguments that are used against same-sex marriages seem rooted in the continuation of discrimination against gays. How dare we discriminate against others, who only want to have a loving and supportive relationship. I think it's time we stop this accepted form of discrimination and treat everyone equal.

Ron Belben

Paso Robles

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