I’m writing regarding “Sam Blakeslee blasts PG&E over Diablo Canyon” article:
To paraphrase the words of Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry film, you have to ask PG&E President Chris Johns, “Am I feeling lucky today?”
Obviously, he must be.
I’m not so sure I am after reading the recent New York Times article titled “Blindsided by Ferocity Unleashed by a Fault,” which says, “Sometimes, scientists are blindsided by earthquakes because they occur along undiscovered faults.”
In California, for instance, scientists have cataloged 1,400 faults, yet for smaller earthquakes — magnitude 6.7 or less — about one in three still occur on previously unknown faults.
Here’s what we do know: A 9-plus quake struck Japan with a 30-foot tsunami that followed in an area that’s not suppose to generate that seismic a force. What if it happened here? Let’s just ask PG&E to model that one? That one did happen. If Diablo can withstand that force, I’m on board!
I want to believe in the future of nuclear power, but PG&E has to be a partner with the people in that process. Otherwise you’re going up against Mother Nature. And you know who wins there.
San Luis Obispo
A divine document
Regarding “No more incumbents,” March 27: The author says we should never vote for an incumbent. Wow! What a blessing it would have been if George W. Bush had been returned to Texas after one term.
However, we should also consider that if Franklin D. Roosevelt had been limited to only two terms, we would have lost his expert and inspired leadership that saved us from surrender to the Axis powers.
I believe the Founding Fathers had it right. They gave us a divine document that allows us to survive and thrive.
If we keep ourselves informed as to which politicians work for the elite, and which ones work for the rest of us, vote accordingly.
Divide and conquer
Robert Hyde got one thing right in his letter (“Support right to work,” March 27), 22 states do have right-to-work laws.
However, he failed to mention that 20 of those states are also facing large budget deficits. Two of those states, Texas and Nevada, have deficits that are a bigger percentage of their annual budget than California’s shortfall.
Weak government oversight of the financial markets caused the global economic crisis that is crippling state and national budgets — not teachers, not firefighters, prison guards or cops.
The current union-bashing frenzy is a prime example of divide and conquer, and it’s being employed by those who brought us the current financial mess in order to distract us from what they’ve done.
It is easier to fight each other for scraps than to turn on our financial masters.