The reprinted editorial from The Washington Post (“Abandoning nuclear power puts emissions goals in danger,” April 25) fits the picture of governments who forget people power. The Post, which is at the heart of American government, displays an insensitivity to the will of people — like the Japanese government.
The fact is recent nuclear catastrophes are making even the nucleophiles rethink this Promethean technology that just gives-gives-gives: It gives power, then it gives economic disaster, then it gives cancer and death.
The solution, which the Post editorial only brushes over, is renewable energy. It’s based on the great, glorious sphere hovering in our sky. It also gives-gives-gives. But it gives solar energy, it gives wind, and it gives freedom from death.
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Finally, power is to the people. At our home, we just installed a solar system that cost us $0 down, and our monthly lease is smaller than the value of the electricity. It was installed five weeks ago, and the government OK’d it on the first day. The corporation, PG&E, has yet to let us turn it on. Reagan promoted getting government off our backs. I think we need to get both the NRC and PG&E off our backs. Then we can make electrons from photons without cancer and death.
San Luis Obispo
Voting for Patterson
The Sierra Club’s getting its knickers twisted over solar power on the Carrisa Plain is reminiscent of Nero’s fiddling. At the rate we are going, mankind will be out of here long before the last kangaroo rat. We’re in the triage stage here, gentlemen of the esteemed board.
If even one of you is generating, on site, as much electricity as you are using (and using some of it to power your electric vehicle), and if you are planting trees on your ranch just as fast you can, then your voice carries meaning and power. Otherwise, it’s a hollow hypocrisy.
I will be casting my vote for Jim Patterson.
Thank you for the Sports article about Morro Bay wrestler Dolin Mininni (“Mininni grappled with missing coaches before his final bout,” April 26).
I have known Dolin for most of his high school wrestling career. I know him to be a very dedicated athlete and a very fine young man.
What happened to him was tragic. I had heard rumors of these events and appreciate Mr. Chhun Sun putting the story in perspective.
I also appreciate Atascadero coaches Jeff Spiller and Chris Ferree’s stepping up to assist Dolin, even though they are from another high school, and the officials who were so accommodating.
I trust Dolin will stay with wrestling, a sport which is such a great character builder.
Steven L. Rebuck
Secretary, Meathead Wrestling Club San Luis Obispo