A blessing for war?
With Holy Week just behind us, there is the image of a nonviolent leader coming to abolish war, proclaiming peace to the world. Indeed Jesus Christ, the prince of peace. But, is this the messiah we want?
Today, church leaders, politicians and ordinary Christians support our military wars.
We seem to believe in a rich powerful God saving our rich powerful country — a God of war blessing our weapons and wars, so we can kill our enemies, steal resources and find security in our weapons.
Politicians almost shut down government, cutting millions for social programs for the poor. It is incredible that more politicians, or members of the media, have not mentioned cutting our military spending.
The war in Afghanistan costs $100 billion a year. With wars in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan, there will be billions more. Seems we have money for mass murder.
And Jesus wept.
Homes need solar
I, too, am in favor of utilizing the sun like SunPower on the Carrizo Plain, but only after more roofs look like mine — covered with solar panels and photovoltaics.
I essentially produce all my hot water and electricity from the sun. My observation is that less than 1 percent of Nipomo Mesa homes have solar collectors on their roofs.
Yes, it was expensive but that was paid off long ago with the sun-produced heat and electricity. If Germany can do it with less sun, we can too.
Focus needs to shift
To all the people complaining about the water rate increase: you’re lucky you don’t live in Los Osos. If you did, you would find out what a really expensive water bill looks like.
I lived in Los Osos seven years ago and my water bill was more than three times what it is now (and I used less water and had no grass). The water bills of the small community of Los Osos have continued to go up and now they are also faced with a large sewer bill. How does $250 a month sound just for your sewer? Their water bills are also in the three-digit range.
We should be grateful that we have a community that is able to provide us with safe, affordable water and sewage systems (water/sewer for me about $65 a month).
What many people fail to understand is that a water treatment plant is very expensive. It requires highly trained personnel 24/7, constant maintenance and sometimes major upgrades to maintain that safe supply.
As a former health inspector, I know the price we pay is worth it to make sure we have a constant and safe water supply.
As for Andrew Wright, Dan Hinz and Norm Borin, may I suggest that you attend City Council meetings and please get the facts. Too many residents of this city failed to attend meetings, watch them on TV or communicate with their City Council and staff, yet they continue to criticize and complain.
This city needs to start focusing on health and safety issues and addressing the city’s infrastructure problems, not spending money on bike trails, greenspace, or neighborhood service officers.
San Luis Obispo
Snow peas take prize
In regards to the April 22 story “Students choose best-tasting veggie,” I would like to announce that the students at Oceano Elementary School chose snow peas as the winning vegetable!
I would like to acknowledge and thank the agencies and individuals responsible for the event and congratulate them on their ongoing collaborative efforts to educate young people and their families about good health.
Trish Wilson and Kim Shrode from Oceano Elementary School spearheaded the idea and worked closely with Lisa Paniagua from the University of California’s Nutrition Education Program to develop and organize the event.
Pismo Oceano Vegetable Exchange (POVE) in Oceano donated the vegetables, and volunteers from the Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Education Department helped on the event date. Oceano Elementary School food service personnel provided assistance with vegetable preparation.
Taking the lead role at the food-tasting tables were 12 Oceano Elementary second-grade student volunteers who were proud to receive Certificates of Appreciation from the University of California for their efforts at the event and their knowledge of the importance of eating vegetables every day for good health!
Program Coordinator for the University of California Nutrition Education Program, San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties