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The homeless are human too

Years ago I was walking around downtown San Luis Obispo with my kids and a homeless man spat at us. A few years later a homeless man walked over and started to help me load lumber onto my truck. I was afraid he was going to snatch my purse, but he only wanted to help. I now wish I would have given him a tip.

I love the ideas a recent letter writer came up with for the homeless camps. A lot of these people just need a little help and hope. Sadly, the drug addicts can only help themselves. A few of the homeless choose to live under the stars because they've been so traumatized by someone or something, they can't handle being inside a building.

Some people seem to forget these are human beings that probably have no support system if they lose their job or get sick. For a lot, the shopping carts hold whatever they have left. The empty bottles and cans pay for their food.

I was denied disability years ago because I can still hear out of "one" ear. The problem's that I'm dizzy three-quarters of the time and some sounds just vibrate in my head. I would have become one of the homeless if I didn't have family.

Arleen Miller


NIMBYs and the Nipomo dunes

Since the 1990’s, some of the bigger developments on the Nipomo Mesa have imported a bunch of well-to-do NIMBYs who are out to eliminate the recreational activities in the Nipomo dunes.

Those activities have been long enjoyed by locals and visitors alike well before these newcomers moved into an area known for its dunes. Despite the fact that this form of recreation supports the South San Luis Obispo County economy in a big way, the NIMBYs could care less about our local economy.

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As soon as they arrived here, the Nipomo NIMBYs have been out to change the way we locals live. Foaming with righteous indignation, they’ve been whining about the state’s efforts to address air quality issues in the Nipomo dunes. Yep, they’re out to stop the drifting sands from blowing. Why don’t they join Don Quixote and start tilting at windmills?

The State of California is doing the best it can to preserve this recreational resource while addressing the concerns of the newcomers. While the newcomers still won’t hear it, give the state a chance to make it work.

Lisa Streator