The National Guard is on your side, Janet
Re: Janet Allenspach ("How dare you allow the National Guard to advertise in this paper," Letters, Oct. 13-20): You know, I bet when your house in Cambria slides down a hill during a massive earthquake or some other natural disaster, you would accept the help, wouldn't you? You seem to have a very bad opinion of the National Guard. Does your animosity extend to the other armed forces also? For your information, they are on your side. They aren't the enemy. Well, maybe yours. They are here to help you. And to all members of the armed forces that might be reading this, I appreciate what you are doing for us. Luckily, there aren't too many people like Janet around here. Cindy Sheehan excepted.
The National Guard doesn't lie to recruits
Concerning Ms. Janet Allenspach's misleading letter complaining about National Guard ads in the New Times:
The facts are, members of the National Guard are stationed near home when they are not deployed, not at some far away U.S. Army base. Of course, if called to active duty, Guard soldiers may be sent worldwide. Service in Iraq is a real possibility.
The U.S. military makes substantial funding for college available to each member, by law. Not every service man or woman takes full advantage of this offer; that is their choice. It is, after all, a free country.
When not on active duty, Guard members attend drill a minimum of one weekend a month plus two weeks a year. No ad or recruiter will promise you will not be called up to serve your country for extended periods.
Medical benefits are not implied, they are mandated by law. Complete health care is provided for serving Guard members while on duty.
Before any service man or woman is enlisted, they are briefed on the rigors of military service. They then exercise their judgment of the pros and cons when making their decision to join, or not.
As for censoring National Guard recruitment ads, what about the First Amendment rights, free speech, and all that? Rest assured, Ms. Allenspach, the National Guard will continue to fight for the freedom that allows you to publicly express your opinion in the press, however bigoted or ill-conceived those notions are.
Ed Cobleigh, LT/Col USAF Ret.
Arizona Air National Guard
More power to the people
We couldn't agree more with Jack McCurdy ("Power to the people," Opinion, Oct. 6-13), and for everyone who feels the same, the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to speak your mind on the future of the Duke power plant site and the Morro Bay National Estuary, at a time when it will actually make a difference, is coming up on Monday, Oct. 24, at the Morro Bay Vets Hall. As New Times reported (" Morro Bay to research Duke alternatives," News, Oct. 13-20), the City Council has been persuaded to agendize the issue and hear what the public has to say. Do you want to see something different on this prime coastal land right next to Morro Rock? Or should the Council rush to sign a new lease with Duke and thereby guarantee that the next thing we see there will be ... a power plant?
Got a better idea? Now's the time to speak up. The Council will be counting heads. The item will be heard at 7 p.m.
Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club
â€˜Power to the People': A Communist mantra!
Mr. McCurdy's left-wing blabbering about the effect of the Duke Energy power plant on the environment is typical of the views of the deranged left-wing liberal environmentalists.
The Morro Bay power plant had been there for decades and has met a need of the people of California for their power. The reference to an obscure report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is specious. One can never believe anything that bunch publishes because of its built-in bias to the left.
In my opinion the Duke Plant does not detract from the viewshed; it is a great tribute to the American power industry. Whenever I visit Morro Bay it is the one scene that I look for first.
The Duke Power Plant is there, and it will take decades to replace it with another plant somewhere else. The best solution is to support the next owner in their development of the plant. California's growing power needs have to be filled by increased power production from existing plants like that at Morro Bay. Making unfounded, ridiculous assertions like Mr. McCurdy's does not help the process of meeting our power needs in California.
In the long run, the best solution to all of our power needs in California is more nuclear plants. Each of these efficient power sources produce billions of watt-hours of power, as compared to hundreds of millions from fossil plants. Twenty-four such plants in California would provide all of our power needs without the use of fossil fuels and air pollution.
Save your neighborhood
Dear SLO Folks, I am writing this to alert you all to an impending threat to our community and neighborhoods. "Infill" is the innocuous label used by the developers and city officials who perpetrate this pro-development philosophy. In fact, it means high-density population planning and facilitation. Packing us in like sardines in a can into smaller and smaller spaces is the result. Have you noticed the traffic jams lately, the increased water, fuel, and utilities costs? Who profits from this pillage of our quality of life? Realtors, developers, city tax revenues, but certainly not the people of San Luis Obispo who must live amid the development, noise, and street blockage and development. I do not recall a vote on the matter.
Furthermore, if you're not careful, a two-story, three-unit or more apartment building could be built in the backyard of your neighbor without so much as a letter or notification by the city to the people in the area who are so affected by the development. In my case, at 1922 Johnson a small sign was posted for five days in the yard stating that "minor architectural changes" were going to be made. The land was clear-cut illegally with large trees removed; the city inspectors revised the building permit to allow the clear-cut with little or no consequence.
Be alert and don't act like sheep. We are powerful if we vote; if we don't, as individuals we are nothing. There is too much development money, and power is against us.
San Luis Obispo
Real conversations aren't rehearsed
I heard the rehearsal that was performed for the scripted "conversation" between George Bush and some soldiers in Tikrit regarding the Iraqi referendum. I couldn't believe my ears! I dread turning on the news these days ... is this guy for real? He rehearses people before asking them questions?! This has got to be an all-time low, not just in politics, but in human dignity. Does anyone out there have the authority (or the guts) to send the president to his room for three years and save the GOP any further embarrassment? Help!
Prop 218 has been ignored
Re Lorna Brown's letter ("What happened to Los Osos' Prop 218?" Oct. 13-20): The Los Osos assessment in June 2001 was only how to pay for part of the sewer planning ... bonds. Prop 218, incidentally, has been ignored, since the "affordability" issue was not included!
Only property owners voted. More property = more votes. Those who would not pay voted. Renters did not. No affordability or septic studies ... ever.
It wasn't me!
I am aware that I have a very common name, however, you can imaging my shock when reading the New Times this past week, ("SLO-Town Vice," News, Oct. 13-20) to find that I had been busted for solicitation of prostitution! After frantically phoning my fiancÃ©e (whom I am marrying in two weeks) to assure her that I was not having a last-minute fling, I started worrying about all of my friends and co-workers, neighbors, and the rest also having read this. I want to make it clear that I, David White of Los Osos, am not the person referred to in your article. In the future, I would appreciate a better description of the persons when making an accusation. Remember those of us who have common names.
Isn't Halloween a religous holiday?
Halloween was originally a pagan Celtic pre-Christian celebration of the dead, celebrated the last day of the Celtic year Oct. 31. It was a gruesome pagan celebration of live sacrifices including animals, crops, and humans. As Christianity spread into the world and later ended the Celtic culture, they removed all pagan elements from it and absorbed it into the Christian church.
Today, the ACLU, instead of upholding the free exercise of religion and free speech, are actually ripping out national treasures and monuments such as the Ten Commandments that are thousands of years old and embedded in U.S. culture since its beginning.
Several organizations such as Hollywood, ACLU, and others, fully promote Halloween nationally with a pagan theme on Oct. 31 every year. Legally it is the desecration of a holy calendar date for profit. The huge profits are then used by the organizations to persecute Christianity. The ACLU created its own separation of church and state law. Under their law it is now their duty to police all government buildings and schools to make sure that no part of Halloween is brought into them. If they don't enforce their law, they violate their own law to keep Religion out of Federal government. That violates the Constitution to all legal USA citizens. We must watch carefully to assure that our Constitutional laws are preserved and followed 100 percent. These are all my opinions only.
James G.S. Hildick
Roger Briggs, this is your fault
We have to get past the perception of a group who doesn't want a sewer and is fighting putting one in. Everyone in Los Osos wants this solved and pronto.
Roger Briggs benefits from the image of people "slogging in sewage" in denial of the need for a sewer system because it gets him off the hook.
When the county finally had a plant ready, with no fines incurred, the group ousted was the one who had been fighting a sewer. Briggs knew they were inept, and that they had lied about the price and the project. The costs went from $47 million to $163 million with the effect of promising economic cleansing for redevelopment goals. Did Briggs do his duty and help? No, he helped past leadership strong-arm the community into an assessment vote, telling them they had no other choice. He threatened fines and a building schedule impossible to meet. No fines came, and he helped to fight a vote on location. Apparently, the in-town sewer with a park bait and switch scheme was always needed to bust the Coastal Act rules.
All that aside, dealing only with the project flaws and a requirement to build a sewer system, the community fought for a simple vote on the location for the blasted thing ... and won. Let us move quickly to get it built now - outside town. But I'd still like to hold Briggs accountable for his role in exacerbating our current train wreck.
Los Osos Technical Task Force