Poly’s bad message
I am a sophomore at Atascadero High School, and as a student concerned with the environmental problems facing my generation, I find it extremely concerning that Cal Poly chose to unfairly close a program that has helped many people in the community.
Nothing but positive things have come from the Community Supported Agriculture program. The Cal Poly organic farm has opened so many people’s eyes to the importance of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. The farm also brought a diverse group of people together who actively pursued Cal Poly’s “learn by doing” philosophy, which now they’ve apparently thrown out the window.
I believe that Cal Poly’s decision sends a bad message (that organic farms aren’t important) to the rest of the campus, San Luis Obispo County and high-schoolers such as myself.
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Personally, I find Cal Poly’s organic farm incredibly inspiring, and I hope to aide my school in the creation of an organic garden where we can teach students what “learn by doing” is really about.
Thank you, Cortez
As the mother of two boys, ages 2 and 6, the position of sheriff is critical to my family.
“Cops and robbers” is a game in our Pismo Beach household. However, a single town over, there resides real life racketeering and gangsters who steal the lives of youth like my sons.
One of the sheriff’s top priorities is public safety. I moved from the city of Boston, where it wasn’t uncommon to see syringes wash ashore.
As a 12-year resident of Pismo Beach, I have watched drug related crimes and neighboring gang activity drop.
My sons and I wade the waters of Pismo Beach barefoot.
Police Chief Joe Cortez, thank you for protecting my family and making Pismo Beach paradise. I can’t wait to see the progress you’ll make as sheriff.
The recent article in The Tribune titled, “California court blocks execution,” made me furious (Sept. 30).
Albert Greenwood Brown is vermin — a noxious and offensive person who raped and murdered a 15-year-old girl. He should have been executed.
On the California Supreme Court, one chief justice and six associate justices are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments.
The appointments are confirmed by the public at the next general election, and justices also come before voters at the end of their 12-year term. This court should rule that Brown had 28 years of legal support and order his execution.
California has many more like Brown on death row in our prisons, and their food, health care and lodging is better than the homeless have in our state.
I hope the people of our state complain to the governor and the Supreme Court.
One flaky pastor
I am responding to a letter where Helen Anderson suggests that a flaky pastor in Florida is as bad as terrorist Osama bin Laden (“Just bullies,” Sept. 14).
It is outrageous that she would consider putting burning the Quran in the same category as killing more than 3,000 people on 9/11. There is no comparison!
She also calls bin Laden a bully rather than a mass murderer and a terrorist.
It is odd that Muslims worldwide threatened violence to Americans because of this one flaky pastor in Florida. How can this be if Islam is a religion of peace?
Where is the Muslim outrage to terrorism and violence in the name of Islam? The silence is deafening!
What about the Time magazine story of a young Muslim girl who had her nose and ears cut off by fellow Muslims? Where are the moderate Muslims on all of this? It is time to speak out!
Americans are becoming very weary of these terrorist attacks and attempts. Could that be the reason for the huge opposition to the ground zero mosque?
Tolerance is a two-way street.
Also, a letter by Ariel Magid listed India as a Muslim country. According to the 2001 census, India was 80.5 percent Hindu and 13.4 percent Muslim (“Stereotyping,” Sept. 15).
What a show! Gloria Allred hugging the poor illegal immigrant who got fired by Meg Whitman. I can’t imagine anyone is believing the woman after she used a fake driver’s license and Social Security card.
It is most certainly all a political game to make Whitman look bad, and anyone with common sense should be able to see through it.
It would be funny if it weren’t so sad. I’m glad to see Whitman taking the high road.
So Meg Whitman wants us to believe her when she says she didn’t knowingly employ an undocumented worker?
Sounds more like, “I did not have labor relations with that woman,” as she points into the camera.
Apparently, she fired the woman in 2009 but waited until it was discovered to tell Californians that she had employed her. If it was an honest mistake, why not come clean voluntarily when she supposedly found out and show her integrity? She’s had more than a year. A year of relentless scolding others for not checking their employee’s immigration status.
One would almost think this is a karma rebate for her refusal to pull the ad about Jerry Brown’s tax policies, budget deficit and job losses when he was governor.
After reading Victor Davis Hanson’s Sept. 23 column, I’m more convinced than ever that you must include Hanson’s writings every week as a part of your Opinion page schedule (“A nation of peasants”).
Hanson’s comments are succinct and very much to the point. The Tribune needs another commentator of his caliber in its weekly lineup to add much-needed balance to the Opinion section. His insightful conservative observations would be a perfect counter-weight to the liberal rantings of Paul Krugman, a current regular in your Opinion schedule.
Ideally for me, you would replace Krugman with Hanson. However, if you cannot replace Krugman or some other liberal pundit with Hanson, then unplug conservative Charles Krauthammer and put Hanson in his place.
Hanson’s eloquent conservative voice would more than make up for Krauthammer’s absence.
John D. Braun
Not much better
Regarding Walt Bethel’s letter to the editor on Walmart (“Walmart makes jobs,” Sept. 17): I just have one question for Bethel. Where would you be today if you had been making Walmart wages all your life — in this country or overseas (take your pick)?
“Better than nothing” is still poverty.
Pick up your dog poop
Many dog owners must believe in the “feces fairy,” a ubiquitous being who follows them around and cleans up their dog’s excrement from sidewalks, parking lots, lawns and parks.
These dog owners have varying ways to avoid being responsible for their animal’s output. There are the:
1. Neighbors who open their doors several times a day and shoo their dogs out to make deposits around the neighborhood.
2. Dog owners who are ambitious enough to walk their dogs but never seem to notice when their dogs are relieving themselves on the sidewalk.
3. Dog walkers who come equipped with their poop bags, clean up the droppings, tie the bag shut and then leave it on the sidewalk or toss it into someone’s shrubbery.
It maybe a shock to them to know that there is no feces fairy, so it is their responsibility to clean up after their animals. It is not just a matter of sanitation; it is also common decency.
San Luis Obispo
You’ve heard the bluster — jobs, jobs, we need jobs — from Congressmen, senators and the White House. But do they have a clue what’s going on?
Democrat, Republican, it makes no difference: lots of words, no plan.
Like the Depression, this economic mess is in reality a paradigm shift.
So get used to it. Why would American industry pay us two or three times what it costs to make the same product overseas?
People in China and India (2.5 billion of them) are well educated and happily work for less. A friend living in Guangzhou characterized busy-at-work people as “ebullient.”
The heart of the problem is that Americans want it all. But ebullient we’re not! We whine when fuel prices go up, demand cheap food in our supermarkets and affordable televisions in the big box stores, yet grumble about illegal immigrants.
We’ve forgotten that America became great because people worked hard bolting bumpers on Chevys and making the steel that goes into them, jobs now gone to the more willing.
Only one United States-born American in 10 years has worked on my farm. If America’s elite lifestyle and status in the world are to survive, our country must reinvent itself. Politicians need to get real!