After reading the disturbing April 17 article “Mothers killing kids not that rare,” pertaining to the recent headlines of the mother in New York that drove her small children into the Hudson river, I couldn’t help but notice on the same page in large print an advertisement from FamilyRadio.com and KHFR (K-fear?) 89.7fm. It stated: “Judgment Day. Have You Heard The Awesome News? The End Of The World Begins on May 21, 2011. The Bible Guarantees It!”
I couldn’t help but be saddened by the irony. Remembering back to when I used to read “The Good Book,” I can recall that “our father above” was quite adept at killing his “children,” as well ....
I just hope that Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping and his ilk will put their money where their mouths are and sell all of their belongings and give it to some “pagan” charity. Perhaps Planned Parenthood?
I, too, am waiting for my apocalypse ... of laughter.
San Luis Obispo
Team or commission?
Regarding John Diodati’s issues with the Morro Bay City Council: He said he wanted to use this issue to teach his Little League team a valuable lesson.
He could have taught the team that, as adults, we can be faced with hard choices to honor our commitments. He could have taught his team how to decide which obligation is more important and why. Instead, the team learned that an ego and sense of entitlement are greater than one’s commitments. Does he not have confidence in his assistant coaches to shepherd the team for the last hour? Or would that hand-off mean he has to share the glory of an undefeated season?
Diodati accepted the position on the Planning Commission knowing that those appointments are at the will of the council. The council was elected by a majority of the voters to act in the city’s best interest.
Anyone appearing before any city commission has the right to have his or her case heard by the entire board. Diodati’s absence during the public comment time denies those applicants their right to be heard. Cut the drama and do what’s right: choose the team or the Planning Commission.
Joseph Cashdan’s letter (“Means to avoid fines,” April 18) is written from a law enforcement point of view.
He is partially correct. For instance, if you are caught talking on your cell phone, more than likely, you are guilty. But there are instances where there are cases of judgment, or where an explanation or a warning would be sufficient, but a person is given a ticket instead. If they go to court and plead not guilty, the patrolman may have made a mistake or could twist the facts. Who do you think the judge is going to believe?
The real “inescapable, elephant-in-the-room truth” that Mr. Cashdan conveniently forgot to mention is that the only way to “exempt oneself from paying traffic fines” is to have a law enforcement badge strategically placed next to your driver’s license when you hand it to the patrolman.