Law won't stop sexual harassment

Congress passing a law to require annual sexual harassment training would do nothing to stop this problem. It is just a “feel good” waste of time and money. Instead, Congress should empower women by passing a law that categorizes a “slap to the face” as “acceptable non-verbal communications.” I expect members of the House and Senate to act as gentlemen and ladies. Help “drain the swamp” by voting out the scum.

Ted Suchecki

Lompoc

Safe place to park residents' cars needed

The city of Santa Maria has a problem. There are growing numbers of people residing in single family homes. And with that there are increasing numbers of vehicles that are taking up parking spots in front of other people’s homes leaving the residents who live in their house with no parking.

There should be some sort of ordinance that allows homeowners/tenants to claim their curb. It is sad to see how some people have to park down the street because someone’s overabundance of vehicles is taking up all of the parking places. There are disputes with neighbors because there are no laws protecting people’s right to have a safe place to park their cars.

Roberta Madreano

Santa Maria

Cuesta College offers ag foundation

I have had the privilege, along with several other local agriculture industry representatives, to serve on Cuesta College’s Agriculture Business Advisory Committee. Along with our industry folks, we are joined by San Luis Obispo County teachers who are closely involved in the teaching and training of students participating in Cuesta College’s agriculture program.

Under the leadership of instructor Amy Stapp, Cuesta College launched the agriculture business program approximately three years ago. A recent committee meeting showed impressive progress in not only preparation for an agriculture business college degree, but for certificate programs from Cuesta College. Students graduate from the program ready to take on opportunities in agriculture, which is so important to our area of the country.

The agriculture curriculum has expanded with new courses focusing on agriculture business, agriculture plant science and mechanized agriculture. Each of these disciplines is suited for high school students, as well as people already working in these areas, and gives them solid training and a great start to future employment and/or for transfer to a four-year institution.

I would encourage high school students who have not made up their mind on college to meet with a counselor at Cuesta to explore their agriculture program.

I would also encourage local agriculture businesses in search of workers to contact the college’s ag program for potential student employees.

Randall Tognazzini

Arroyo Grande

Thank you for students' non-profit experience

Students from Nipomo and Central Coast New Tech High Schools recently met with representatives from a variety of local non-profit organizations for the purpose of becoming engaged in community service learning. Students listened and asked questions as non-profits explained the work they do to address unmet needs around our community. It was gratifying to see students come to the realization that they could make a difference in our world by volunteering.

Studies show that people who get involved in their communities at an early age are more likely to be contributing citizens throughout their lives. It should be a vital component in their education. In this polarized age, developing compassion and learning that we all have a role to play in our communities are important lessons.

Citizens Congress Education Foundation wishes to thank Matt David, Shannon Hirase, and the staff of both schools for the opportunity to be part of this effort. A big thank you goes to Rachel at United Way, all the participating non-profits, and local restaurants and grocers for providing a delicious lunch.

Dianne Jackson

Atascadero

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