I want to thank Adam Hill for standing on his principles and refusing to associate himself with the Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business (COLAB).
Reading about them indicates that their sole purpose is to develop this county and make money. I don’t know how they are funded, but I would guess by Texas oil money. This is not a group that should be welcome in our community, which has worked so hard to keep its unique charm and beauty by limiting growth in a sensible way.
What infuriated me was to read about the entertainment that another COLAB group had near our area. It is hard for me to believe that people are so uneducated that they don’t know any whites appearing in blackface is a racist statement, and especially demeaning since he was in the guise of President Obama.
If you don’t know it, much of the hatred generated on the right is outright racism. They really can’t stand the idea of a black man being president, even though he will be remembered as one of the most intelligent presidents we have ever had.
Good for Adam; he stood for what he thought was right, and sadly, we don’t see that too often in politics.
San Luis Obispo
Recently, there has been a lot of back and forth regarding the group Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business (COLAB) being accused of being racist. I know very little about the organization, except what I have read in the paper.
They did, however, have a white entertainer at a benefit dressed in blackface to imitate the president.
Growing up, I always knew and understood that white entertainers wearing blackface were considered racially insensitive at best, and racist at worst.
A few years ago, actor Ted Danson was roundly criticized for attending a party in blackface with his then girlfriend Whoopi Goldberg, who is an African-American.
The perception is still there and hasn’t changed, even if the entertainer is talented and funny.
COLAB would be wise to drop that part of the entertainment at their next benefit.
San Luis Obispo
The real racists?
Why is it that I never notice the color of someone’s skin until some liberal informs me of that fact? Why is it that when we criticize the policies of a black president, we are called racist, but not when we criticize the same policies of a white president? It makes me wonder who the racists really are.
De facto dump
Some propose that a “permanent” nuclear waste repository, such as Yucca Mountain, would “solve” waste disposal problems — a specious conclusion at best. There are currently more than 60,000 metric tons of nuclear waste stored on site at all U.S. commercial nuclear power plants.
If Yucca Mountain had opened this year, it would have maximally been able to accept 3,000 metric tons per year. That means 20 years to move the current stored radioactive waste, but not eliminate stored on-site waste. Why? During those 20 years, at least another 30,000 metric tons of waste will be produced by operating nuclear power plants (including Diablo Canyon) and will again be stored on site until ... ?
Consequently, in my opinion, the Diablo Canyon Power Plant is also a permanent nuclear waste dump, as long as it continues to operate with or without a “Yucca Mountain.”
Nancy Jean Mann
San Luis Obispo