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Do what you're told

Andrea Rooks ("All I want for Christmas is a Target store," Dec. 6): Stop acting like 50,000 shoppers are more important than 100 downtown merchants, and start protesting "big box" stores, like you were told to.

Joe Erikat

San Luis Obispo




Not all of us want to be naked

Though seeing nude bodies at Pirate's Cove ("The naked truth about Pirate's Cove," Dec. 6) doesn't titillate me and I don't care whether the beach is commercially developed, I must comment on a statement made by B.B. in the story: "This beach is not clothing optional. It's a nude beach. If you come down here, you should be nude."

While reading New Times, I'm often struck by how those who clamor for certain "rights" eventually become oppressors themselves. From gay unions to pot smoking to nudity on a beach, so-called and self-appointed "reformers" move to impose their convictions and lifestyles on the unwilling.

In claiming some "right" to nudity, B.B. has banned self-respecting folks who want to wear swimsuits or clothing on Pirate's Cove. He doesn't say what will happen to anyone who appears clothed there, but one can picture angry nudists chasing away people--or even assaulting them and tearing off all their clothes.

What goes unmentioned is the right of self-respecting people not to have nudity imposed on them. Many of us do not appreciate nudity, including followers of the Islamic, Jewish, and Christian faiths. Whatever became of our rights, B.B.?

Steve T. Kobara

San Luis Obispo




'No suds' is a dud

Let me see if I get this right. County officials are seriously contemplating a law that will make it illegal--punishable by a fine and/or jail time--for a county resident to wash his or her car on his or her own private property ("Car-washing culture goes down the drain," Dec. 8). I guess this means that in order to enjoy a clean automobile, one will have to drive to a car wash business (thus wasting gas), wait in what will clearly become long lines (thus wasting time and more gas), and probably incur greatly increased car wash fees due to the inevitable profit gouging that occurs when alternatives are taken out of the picture.

Perhaps now is the time to invest in the car wash business? But wait, what happens to that waste water? Do proprietors get some sort of sweetheart deal? Or is their waste water directed elsewhere? And what happens when Marsh Street in SLO (see Sunset Car Wash) becomes bogged down with lines that resemble the gasoline rationing days of the 1970s? I suppose we could just all drive dirty cars and live with the damage to the paint (and value of the auto) that comes with grime and grit build-up.

I am probably not alone in my lack of understanding for the whole waste water issue, but surely there are alternatives to this ridiculous law.

Rick Cohen

Avila Beach




You media are so predictable

Since the Omaha mall murderer was in part seeking notoriety for his actions, I would like to respectfully request that you refrain from printing his name or his picture in all future editions.

Just kidding! I know you won't be able to do that! You won't be able to keep yourselves from flashing his name and his image over and over on these pages. I suppose the best I can look forward to is to have your editor address why you would feel it important to give this person the posthumous infamy he desired.

Jeff Smith





What's nextfor Los Osos?

I just received a mailer from a company in Texas that makes an electric toilet. It serves eight persons full time and costs $1,599. My question to everyone on all sides of the Los Osos sewer matter is this: What happens after all the millions are spent, property owners are on the hook financially, and the contamination problem continues?

I know, I know. There are standing water problems in some areas, and there is the matter of saltwater intrusion. If the treated water is intended to recharge the underground source and something goes wrong with the treatment of that water, then what? If I lived in the zone facing the financial burden, I would immediately install a unit, eliminate all sources of contaminants in the house, and have the output of my septic system tested and certified as not contributing to the problem. I would furnish the certificate to the district and Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Two benefits come to mind. First, reduced water consumption. Second, elimination of a huge financial burden and future operating cost increases.

Norm Getty





I don't give a hoot about 'parity'

I cannot keep silent any longer while the situation in our county continues its downward spiral.

Our illustrious supervisors having recently voted themselves a pay increase while the rest of us are left to fend for ourselves (during this economic downturn) is reprehensible, to say the least. I say it should be voted on by the people of the county, period! I don't give a hoot about the argument about "parity" with other county governments either. We are getting ripped off by these people, and I say get rid of them the next election. Just like our country, we must take back our county government also! Hopefully it's not too late!

Terry J. Wambolt





Enjoy it while you can

Mayor Romero says if we don't approve projects like Chinatown, the community will fall apart and we will be left with a quaint little town. Wouldn't living in a quaint little town that people from all over the world would love to visit be awful?

Wait a minute--that's what we had before Dave the Pave and his pro-growth cronies decided there was money to be made from that quaint town character. It shouldn't take long before empty overpriced downtown shops and the nonexistent working class housing dominate the "new and improved" city of San Luis Obispo. Say goodbye to the SLO life.

Terry Mohan

San Luis Obispo




Changes will be a move in the right direction

The upcoming local elections will be a tremendous window of opportunity for the local citizenry to regain control of a political system that seems to have been severely compromised on numerous fronts. Changes to the City Council/mayoral make-up and changes to the Board of Supervisors will provide a definitive move in the right direction for both the city and the county.

Lately, so much has been questionably bought and paid for--not only on an international and national level, but this practice has also trickled down to the towns and communities we proudly call home. To ignore the years of efforts and expertise that go into the creation and implementation of the region's general plan is obscene. To repeatedly override valuable input from the general public, community advisory councils, and your own planning commissioners is reprehensible. To give yourselves a pay raise as budgets are stretched to the limit and the pension nightmare looms around the next corner is beyond belief.

I look forward to campaigning for and supporting those candidates who have not given in to a small faction of short-sighted, dollar-driven special interests.

Steven Richard See

San Luis Obispo




Here's some good news, New Times

I always feel depressed after reading the Los Angeles Times because good news is always buried in the back pages. As their market share shrinks, New Times should position itself to take up this lost market share by pointing out the good news, as it often does, along with any other news, even the not so good. The United States' hosting of the Israeli and Palestinian peace talks is surely a welcomed event worthy of front-page coverage--we can all hope for their success.

I think it is important that you fully tell the story of embryonic stem cells possibly no longer being needed because ordinary skin cells may now be able to take their place--making moot the dispute about destruction of life.

Equally important are the new developments on global warming that indicate carbon dioxide increases are following global warming by 800 to 1,000 years and therefore more likely ocean outgassing and less likely to be a man-made cause. Carbon dioxide actually has the beneficial effect of helping plants grow faster.

The war in Iraq is going better, so both civilian and military casualties are at a much lower level now--the surge has worked so well that our troops may not be needed to assure the stability of Iraq.

Good news is always worth a little ink, and you will find that people will like to read this over their morning coffee.

Robert Parkhurst


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