The Shredder's on a winning streak
Shredder, much as it pains me, I have to compliment you on your "Naked truth" opinion piece (Aug. 18-25). You were right on. The vote by the Council majority that the nudity ordinance will only apply during Mardi Gras implies other ramifications you might wish to expose. You and your girlfriend can now feel perfectly free to participate in a nude jog through Farmers' Market, streak a City Council meeting, get some extra sun exposure during bike week, or create an award-winning exhibit during the Fiesta or Open House Parade. I'm looking forward to seeing you (not really) at some of our civic events.
San Luis Obispo
Carpeted walls serve a practical purpose
The Morro Bay Art Association is a nonprofit organization that exists due to the hard work of all our dedicated volunteers that spend numerous unpaid hours maintaining the gallery, preparing new shows every five weeks, providing free art classes for kids in the summer, and providing substantial scholarship awards and shows for SLO High School and college art students. We are very proud of our club and what we have been able to accomplish in more than 50 years as an art association.
Artists and buyers of art come in all forms and tastes; the show has had numerous compliments for both the quality of the art and the presentation.
As for our ivory, fuzzy, Gracelandish carpeted walls ("Tepid as they wanna be," Aug. 18-25), the cost would be prohibitive if we had to close the gallery to fill holes and repaint the walls every five weeks.
M.B.A.A. had over 1,200 art appreciators enjoying the show and the reception throughout the day and evening of Aug. 13. Several paintings and catalogs have sold, which will contribute to the scholarship awards in November. Please don't miss the scholarship show "Anything Goes" for cutting-edge art; this is the show to see, from Nov. 3 thru Dec. 11.
Public relations director
Morro Bay Art Association
Art need not be tepid
Thank you for the Aug. 18 publication of Jeff Hornaday's review of Morro Bay's Central Coast Fine Arts competition. Some of his commentary, like "painfully banal" art and "fuzzy, Gracelandish walls," may not endear him to all the participants who worked to plan, execute, stage, and provide refreshments for the climax of months of encouraging the artists to prepare and present an amazing array of very diverse and good works.
Here we are so surrounded and immersed by visual scenery outdoors and indoors that sometimes we lose our focus and look but do not really see. Sometimes I think that art was okay once but it has gone on too long. However, critics need to remember Hartig's Law: "When trying to be elegant and sophisticated, one won't be." In the examination of the ruins of any civilization, the archeologists search for the work of the potter and sculptor to define that civilization.
Don't blame hunters, blame cats
Sierra Club local coordinator Andrew Christie almost has me convinced to hunt waterfowl, something I've not before done. When he says that it "makes no sense" ("The shotguns of August," Opinion, Aug. 18-25), it's obvious that he does not understand hunting.
He mentions that the city of Morro Bay is a "bird sanctuary." It's deemed as such only because years ago a previous City Council voted to declare the city to "be" one. The hunting occurs outside of this "declared" zone. Yet there is bird hunting within Morro Bay city limits, that neither he, nor any other of the anti-hunting advocates acknowledge, oppose, or perhaps even think about. A year-round season, too. No bag limits.
There is an old fashioned solution, a plain, inexpensive "fix," to lessen this wide-open threat to native songbirds and jays, the occasional dove, migratory sparrows, and others.
It's very simple: bell the cats. All of them. Make it a law? Pathogens, sourced from the scat of these non-native, cute little furball "hunting" pets, along with that of opossums, also, have been identified as being the prime culprits in recent sea otter deaths.
Sea otters are a "threatened" (or is that "endangered"?) species. Where is the outrage? Shouldn't Christie be virulently opposing the keeping of domestic cats?
Doesn't a threatened/endangered species warrant as much need for "action" on the part of the local citizenry, as does this recurrent "need" for him and others to call for outright bans on long managed, historically traditional hunting?
Fish and Game meeting was waste of time
After reading Mr. Andrew Christie's opinion piece, I gave up three hours of vacation time to attend the Fish and Game Commission's meeting on Aug. 19. From the article, I thought that the Commission was considering a ban on hunting in the Morro Bay Bird Sanctuary. Instead, the Commission was initiating a plan to allow hunting to begin at an earlier time, to last for a longer period of time, and to increase the number of animals that each hunter can kill daily.
I must admit that, despite having lived in Morro Bay for a few years in the 1980s, I did not know that hunting was allowed in the Sanctuary. But more troubling was the behavior of some members of the Commission. Two of the four members present were avowed hunters. Of these two, one commented to a speaker that he favorably compares a volley of shotgun blasts before sunrise to the sound of a barking dog. The other was clearly disinterested in the public discussion, as demonstrated by his inattentiveness, including talking to others while speakers were talking. The other two members at least showed some interest and proposed a compromise to allow the killing to begin at 7 a.m. instead of before sunrise.
Basically, this meeting was a formality and those of us attending in opposition were clearly wasting our time. The Commission did agree to review the changes again next year. Perhaps with increased numbers of protesters at the next meeting we won't be ignored.
San Luis Obispo
People have a right to build
I have sat back and read all the letters that people have sent in over the last few months about our new building, the cell phone tower, and the Los Osos sewer. I have to say that I am disappointed in people, to say the least.
This is America! People have a right to build a dream! People who own lots have the right to build on them and if a building moratorium is keeping them from doing so then we need to do whatever that takes to lift it, and yes, that is a sewer! People have a right to own a cell phone and yes, that means that we need cell phone towers! Whatever happened to privacy and quiet enjoyment of your own property? Why is moving forward in this world and creating a better place to live so hard for people to grasp?
Jennifer Van Beurden
Los Osos renters taxed without representation
A letter writer claimed that it was legal that only landowners got to vote on the Los Osos sewer assessment because renters don't pay the property taxes (Aug. 11-18).
Not true! When a renter pays their rent, they are paying property taxes because the cost of the property taxes is included in their rent. In other words, renters denied their right to vote on the sewer are being taxed without representation, which is unconstitutional.
â€˜Anger, disappointment, and worry': sounds familiar
In reading your recent article "Molski is back" (Aug. 25-Sept. 1), I couldn't help but comment.
Molski's grounds for suing (or, better, re-suing since a judge so beautifully threw out a couple of his cases) is that while visiting certain business establishments, he's endured "physical discomfort, emotional distress, mental distress, mental suffering, mental anguish, which includes but is not limited to shame, humiliation, embarrassment, anger, disappointment, and worry." Well, you know what? I suffer in the exact same ways every time I read about or reflect upon the war in Iraq and its atrocities. Don't you? If Molski has been (and continues to be) successful in winning settlements with this as the foundation of his lawsuits, then perhaps a good portion of the American public could get together, backed by some clever "we've-got-nothing-better-to-do" lawyers, and file a class-action lawsuit against Bush on the same basis. Anyone? Bueller?
Oh yeah, one other thing - it seems that there is quite a bit of evidence that could assist the state in convicting Molski of not only filing frivolous lawsuits but also of perjury. I guess the fear would be that, if jailed, he'd sue the prison for forcing him to live in a facility that causes him similar sufferings. Oh well, I think they should risk it.
Lack of respect for oak trees
Last week, the community of Templeton suffered an astonishing, heartbreaking loss. A historic valley oak tree near Las Tablas Road, by the "Peterson Ranch" development, was ripped from the ground. This action was permitted by the county of San Luis Obispo in order to create Bennett Way. The oak was not diseased; it was just in the way. It was the singular oak tree in the middle of the large parcel of land that will soon be covered with houses and commercial/retail development. Evidently, it would have been too hard for the road to go around the tree.
What is the trade for the life of a great oak, with its falcon habitat, unique climate microsystem, and powerful beauty? Why, two one-gallon valley oaks, of course. It happens that this particular tree was indeed valuable, so the developer agreed to plant four one-gallon oak trees. How long will it take for a one-gallon sapling to reach the environmental value of the sacrificed tree? None of us will ever see it. This lack of respect for life is nothing short of a total
There are some people in the county who believe adequate protection for oak trees exists. Let this ghost tree serve as an example and reminder that it, indeed, does not. Please write to your supervisor.
A kindler, gentler Steve Kobara
Though I still dislike Steve Moss' tawdry supporters who attacked me last April, I've always felt making a sport of provoking enemies is wrong. Accordingly, I acknowledge I violated a social convention by criticizing someone recently deceased, and from Sharon Ostman to Peter Jennings have remained silent.
While stopping short of an actual apology, because I am offended by many critics, I've been smart enough to change. My hands are full dealing with critics of my positions on pot abuse and gun issues and I don't want a lot of readers wishing I was dead and waiting to pounce on me as they perceived me pouncing on Mr. Moss. So I no longer write critiques of the recently deceased. I hope you're satisfied, and yes, it is a pleasure seeing my letters in New Times.
Steve T. Kobara
San Luis Obispo