Several hundred religious organizations nationwide have joined together to dedicate the month of June as Torture Awareness Month. They have prepared petitions and postcards encouraging the Senate Intelligence Committee to make the results of the Senate three-year investigation into CIA interrogation practices public so that citizens will be able to separate fact from fiction in regard to procedures in question.
Members of the community are being asked to support this initiative from religious organizations in order to support the public’s right to know and be able to separate facts from defensive interpretations so that torture does not become a hidden institutionalized practice in contradiction to traditional American principles of justice.
The National Religious Campaign Against Torture can be found online at NRCAT.org and materials can be downloaded from the site along with a list of member organizations.
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Back to Mexico
I see that Joseph Codispoti in his May 27 letter thought my “goofy” idea of returning California to Mexico was something he’d certainly consider.
He should immediately contact the Mexican consulate in Los Angeles to start the process of deeding his property in Paso Robles back to Mexico. This action would speak louder than his words. I wonder if Joseph owns the property in which he resides. It’s easy to suggest returning land that does not belong to you.
Regarding his “facts”:
1. The Gaza Strip has been under the governmental rule of Hamas since 2007, and any problems arising there are handled by Hamas, not Israel.
2. There are a million and a half peaceful Arabs living in Israel, and so “entire populations” were not “exiled” from Israel, as he referenced happening in the Middle Ages.
3. He is incorrect about the Israelis doing to the Palestinians what the Egyptians did to them years ago, because the Arabs in Israel are residents of that country with voting rights and the right to worship as they see fit.
4. Lastly, there are many religious references regarding Israel being returned to the Jews; maybe some time studying these sources will enlighten him about God’s wishes.
I am saddened at the recent closing of Novel Experience, San Luis Obispo’s fine independent bookstore on Higuera Street. I will miss Jim Hill and his shop full of books, but I will also miss how Novel Experience enhanced the character of our downtown with its commitment to locally owned, independent book selling. Our town has lost a treasure.
Thank you, Jim.
San Luis Obispo
The Tribune’s May 22 article “The Beat Goes On” was extremely distasteful and accusatory, particularly in light of the recent local sexual assaults.
The article obtusely details the social activities of young women who had no part in these recent events, and then casually mentions, amidst the crass description of them, the topic of rape and sexual assault. It explains that a nameless, dateless work of research shows a link between alcohol consumption and unwanted sexual advances.
For relaying such a keen observation of young, drunk women, any description of this study backing up the claim that the two are linked goes unmentioned. If it were your daughter, would you casually suggest that if a woman voluntarily becomes intoxicated she somehow deserves what she gets? I’m sure The Tribune is not suggesting that the recent alleged rapes that occurred were actually justified. But for the respect of the victims and their families, don’t jump to conclusions.
San Luis Obispo