A changed world
Nine years ago on Sept. 11, our world changed. Arabs, who we had not seen as a major threat, through the terrorist actions of a few, showed us how foolish it was, since we were involved in their world, not to think of them and their needs.
When Israel announced its independence from what had been predominantly Arab Palestine in 1948, our government was undecided on what to do. Arabs and Jews had been fighting there for 20 years.
Secretary of State George Marshall, our military chief of staff in World War II and author of the Marshall plan for postwar Europe, opposed recognition, thinking of the Arab reaction, and favored a United Nations trusteeship instead.
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President Harry Truman, facing serious postwar problems, wavered and then, perhaps thinking of biblical Israel, announced our recognition. This was the beginning of Arab hostility toward us, not only for our support of independence, ignoring Arab rights, but since then our aid to Israel as it has expanded in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
It is very late now, but Congress needs to support President Barack Obama as he tries to stop the expansion that may help us as we try to pacify Iraq and Afghanistan.
I have been a volunteer at the front desk of the Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay for five years. One of the best parts of the job is talking to people visiting our area.
Supporting the state parks and Proposition 21 is smart for business, something the supervisors seem to have forgotten. Whatever their reasoning for all but one to vote against saving our parks, they must have forgotten that all visitors to our state parks spend money in the process.
Where would Morro Bay, Cambria and Cayucos be without visitors? Visitors to the museum ask me where to eat, where to hike, where to buy gas and on and on. State parks support local businesses.
If our parks close, become unsafe or have limited accessibility, who is going to suffer?
This was a shortsighted move on the part of the supervisors. Is that what we want for our kids? Can our local businesses afford not to have safe and accessible parks nearby?
Thanks to Bruce Gibson for staying true to a viable vision of an easy, low cost solution where everyone with a car has free access to all state parks. We all benefit because we are all in this community together.
For or against?
I see my family and friends fervently supporting Barbara Boxer and other Democrats this election and while I will support my party, I am asking, “Are we voting for them or against the party of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck?”
Frankly, what have our Democratic candidates done and why should we support them just to continue the status quo?
I want to be inspired by my own party instead of being fearful of what change from the Republicans could mean.
The simple truth: Prado Road is designed to enhance the Damon-Garcia Sports Fields. It is north and high above the park. The design, with all the trees to go alongside of the road, will provide a huge wind deterrent.
Prado Road will provide a means of getting to the park from the west side of the field, parking space will be available on the west side and this will eliminate parking problems, especially when Sesloc decides to build and repossess their parking space, which would leave the ball park with very a limited parking area.
The four-lane highway talked about will only be a two-lane highway for many years to come, if not forever.
Trucks will still use Tank Farm Road as there is a lot of industrial business on that road. Most of Prado Road’s development is housing.
When soccer players come out to play, it is on Saturdays, Sundays and after 6 p.m. on weekdays. There is very little traffic during these periods of time, so fumes are not a factor to be concerned about.
The park is not in danger because of the coming of Prado Road. It is, in fact, going to benefit tremendously from it.
As one of the family members who sold the Damon Garcia Ranch land to the city, I encourage you to vote “no” on Measure H. Don’t let a couple of misguided people steer you into denying yourselves of these much-needed benefits.
San Luis Obispo
I’m endorsing Chuck Ward for Atascadero City Council and will work on behalf of his election.
It’s gratifying to have such a talented person poised to serve on the City Council.
His positive, common sense, get-the-job-done attitude will make Atascadero a better place.
As a pro-business member of the Planning Commission, he supported Walmart, Colony Square and the Galaxy Theater.
Ward was the only planning commissioner who voted against the second proposed theater development, La Plaza Theater. He recognized Atascadero could not support 20 screens.
The La Plaza proposal put Galaxy Theater at risk of withdrawing and Ward was right to vote against two movie theaters.
Recently, Ward met with bowling alley operators that are interested in establishing a bowling alley/family recreation center in Atascadero. Because of Ward, bowling may again be in Atascadero’s future.
Ward’s a Marine veteran who was a force in building our world class Veteran’s Memorial and establishing the Purple Heart Trail along Highway 101.
He supports city staff and the direction the City Council is taking Atascadero.
Don’t let this gifted man who has so much to offer our city get away. Please join me in voting for Chuck Ward for City Council.