Very soon after moving to the Central Coast five years ago I quickly recognized the New Times as a must-read, cutting edge, informative news source that was taking important risks to tell stories I would not hear anywhere else. The Shredder, let’s call it the jewel in the crown, is where I would turn to first to get a raw and creatively expressed perspective that usually would leave me with at least a smirk if not a smile.
Sadly with the “Quota pie” (May 21) opinion piece, The Shredder’s run has ended. I know her streak will start anew in a future paper (yes, I have concluded it is a female who is writing the column), but I am deeply disappointed to the point of needing to comment. Drunk driving is just too big and can’t be compared with citations for sitting on benches, smoking cigarettes in public, or using plastic bags. Try armed robbery or attempted murder where someone’s life is in danger. I don’t really care if law enforcement is using incentives to arrest drunk drivers. I support them doing all they can to keep our streets safe. The consequences have been too profound and too painful not just for the people driving drunk but also for the victims of those drivers who were not even mentioned in the article. That was short sighted and shameful not only for the victims but for their families.
So I suggest The Shredder take on the following assignment as sensitivity training/atonement: Write an article describing the circumstances and listing the people who have died over the last three years in San Luis Obispo County as a result of drunk driving.