As we approach the anniversary of 9/11 today, it is important for us to compare the events of that day with the official explanation of those events. Although many discrepancies can be found, I will concentrate this letter on just one: the free fall collapse of Building 7 of the World Trade Center.
Although never hit by an airplane, this building suddenly imploded seven hours after the Twin Towers went down. Engineers and architects who have studied this collapse have stated that the structural failure of this building is indistinguishable from a controlled demolition. If you have the CNN DVD, “America Remembers,” go to scene 8 and watch this obvious free fall for yourself.
There needs to be a new, truly independent investigation into the events of 9/11. All Americans, especially our men and women in uniform, deserve no less.
For more information on the collapse of Building 7, go to www.911billboard.com and follow the “press release” link at the bottom of the page.
Four times the noise
As a specialist in community noise management, I was pleased when the city of San Luis Obispo purchased new buses that were quieter than the old ones. Buses are a significant source of noise when they circulate through quiet neighborhoods.
Unfortunately, noise from the new double-decker bus is more than proportionate to its bulk (“Riding high in San Luis Obispo,” Sept. 8).
Measured at the curb across from the transit center, a newer bus idles at 67 decibels, an old bus at 70 and the double-decker at 74.
The decibel scale is logarithmic so, in terms of sound energy, the old buses are twice as loud as the newer ones and the double-decker is four times louder. Hopefully, they can find a better muffler for the big guy.
My husband and I are both public school teachers. I feel very fortunate that we have not had to take a pay cut or been put on furloughs. I do appreciate the hard work and the services that our state employees provide and I do not take them for granted. I am very sympathetic to their current situation. I know they struggle to make ends meet living on a reduced salary.
However, in her Viewpoint article, “The face of a state employee” (Aug. 28), Joan Kennedy weakens her argument by giving false information. She states that, “Some families gave up to 30 percent of their combined monthly salaries, for they had two wage earners working for the state.”
If two people are working for the state and they both give up 15 percent of their salary, the combined reduction is still equal to 15 percent. That being said, 15 percent is still a huge reduction.
I pray that the state budget situation improves and these furloughs and salary cuts are soon a thing of the past. Until then, I wish Kennedy and all state employees all the best during these economically difficult times.