A title deserved
Leon Danell in his May 31 letter thinks that Osama bin Laden got a bad rap.
It seems to me that the mainstream media identified him as “the embodiment of evil, the symbol of terrorism and the mastermind of 9/11” after he released the images of himself rejoicing at the American deaths he orchestrated, and the ones he had planned, over the time he unilaterally took on the role of avenging his beliefs.
It also seems that the data recovered from his hideout, in plain view, supports the contention that he really deserved the title.
I don’t believe that a “celebration of his death” was the best way to view his demise, but the need for him to come to terms with his actions was as necessary as any cause for justice has ever been.
The region likely won’t have “an independent or democratic leader” until the religious leaders can see more than their own points of view, developed by their interpretation of the religion they follow. They need to allow more of the culture of other parts of the world to take root and flourish there, so the population can grow into one that is open to other beliefs.
My mom was recently driving in SLO and started having car trouble. The gears weren’t working and she was desperately trying to fix it. A woman came and knocked on her window and tried to help her. Thanks very much to that woman.
My mom must have unhooked her seat belt to roll down the window for the woman, because a police officer came up to my mom and, instead of helping her, he gave her a ticket for no seat belt. She was stuck in her car trying to get it to go and get it out of traffic and thought he was coming to her aid! She needed help and explained the situation to him and he just wrote the ticket.
Now, my mom is nearly 90, and other than the car conking out on her is a good safe driver. You can imagine how frustrating all this was, and it really hurt her because she thought he was coming to help!
Doesn’t this police officer have a mom or grandmother? I think that is very disturbing.
Your May 28 front-page article, “When security alarms cry wolf” was interesting, but doesn’t cover what I believe is a more important issue. That is, contrary to what the close of the article states (according to the spokesperson for ATD Security services) “alarms aren’t intended to catch burglars, but rather to deter crime.” Really? Where’s the proof?
The information that is missing from your report is: What are the number/percentages of business and residential alarms/false alarms? What are typical law enforcement response times? I’d bet unincorporated areas are far different than “cities.”
What is the percentage of responses that actually get to a burglary in progress? What is the percentage of burglaries in which the perpetrators are (eventually) caught? What is the percentage of stolen goods that are found and returned to their owners?
If alarms are for “prevention” then perhaps a more cost effective (and better use of law enforcement resources) is some simple security prevention, such as good door locks (oh, and to just lock doors!), secure windows, motion flood lights, etc.
Is the only “benefit” a documented report for an insurance claim?
Thank you for the factual commentary from Charles Krauthammer on Arab-Israeli negotiations.
When visiting Israel several years ago, I heard over and over again from the Jewish residents that they urged the United States to help them overcome the terrorism that was besieging their country. I was told that if the United States did not show unwavering support and defend Israel, their enemies would quickly devour them. Benjamin Netanyahu stated “If the Arabs put down their weapons today there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel.”
The 1967 war waged against Israel was the result of surrounding aggressors who sought to destroy Israel. The present borders are not negotiable.
It is time our president and Congress outright reject any negotiations with Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas until he totally separates himself from Hamas, a known terrorist organization whose goal is to destroy the nation of Israel. Our president and Congress must also outright reject the current push to have the U.N. ratify a Palestinian state within Israel.
I want to thank Matt Kokkonen, in his June 3 tea party rally letter, for giving me six more reasons for never voting Republican.
Pat M. Berger
Three brickbats should be handed out:
The first goes to Sarah Palin for pushing herself into the Rolling Thunder event on Saturday, May 28. This motorcycle event honoring our service persons should have been a nonpartisan event. Those men wearing T-shirts with “Vets Love Sarah” written on the back didn’t just “happen” to be there.
The next goes to the Republicans in Congress who have declared that they would not allocate any monies for the victims of the recent tragedies until President Obama agreed to huge cuts in other programs.
The biggest brickbat goes to Republican mayor Jack Scott of Cardova, Ala. When FEMA arrived with single-wide trailers for the desperate, homeless victims of the tornadoes, Scott refused them. He stated that an ordinance had been passed three years ago forbidding single-wide trailers from the town and they would not be allowed. Residents have become outraged, especially since the local police station is operating out of a single-wide. Scott stated, “I don’t feel guilty. I can look anyone in the eye.” At this time, despite a meeting attended by more than 200 people, the order still stands. When residents at the meeting began saying that Scott should be recalled, he ordered them ejected from the meeting.
Telling it like it is
Kudos to the editorial board of The Tribune for selecting commentaries written by Nicholas D. Kristof of the New York Times for publication.
Although I probably will never visit some of the countries that Mr. Kristof writes about to verify his analyses, I have a gut feeling that he “tells it like it is.” His descriptions of cultural and political practices are vivid and sharp, and at the same time very sensitive and sympathetic.
It is obvious that Mr. Kristof finds the world around him fascinating, colorful and sometimes a little scary. I am grateful that he feels compelled to share his adventures and discoveries with the rest of us.
Nicholas D. Kristof’s June 3 commentary was about child trafficking in Kolkata, India, and a 10-year-old precocious girl who could be sold for prostitution. Those kind of stories tell of a big black hole, and I am so glad to know there are those who light a candle to show a way to help.
Consider a donation to UNICEF or to Quota International of Kolkata. One hundred percent will go to the Kolkata Club to help educate the population.
Lost in the jargon
The Tribune believes that the “Carrizo solar plant has had ample study,” (June 1). Lost in all the jargon about solar plants, mitigation and conditions of approval is the acknowledgement that the Carrizo Plain is one of the last great places in America — the single intact remnant of the once-vast San Joaquin Valley upland grasslands. Within that last remnant exists the largest suite of threatened and endangered species once found in abundance in the San Joaquin Valley — a who’s who of endangered raptors, reptiles, plants and mammals. The state of California is 160,000 square miles; it holds plenty of brownfields and degraded agricultural lands with the same solarity value as the Carrizo and no endangered wildlife.
The Board of Supervisors abandoned its obligations to protect public trust resourc-es in approving the California Valley Solar Ranch. The Public Trust Doctrine is an obligation to limit degradation of environmental public trust resources.
Let’s learn from the Ivanpah solar project. It, too, had lengthy studies, a large environmental report and mitigation measures. Surveys identified 38 desert tortoises on the solar site. The federal government has now shut down construction because it turns out that thousands of tortoises occupy the site. Whoops!
Susan Harvey, president of the North County Watch