What was she thinking?
Thanks to Bob Cuddy for his excellent piece of investigative journalism regarding Debbie Arnold’s smear campaign against Supervisor Jim Patterson and her allegations regarding his vote on the salary of Air Pollution Control District executive director (“Air district chief hit by political whirlwind in supervisory campaign,” May 15). As Cuddy pointed out, under the Brown Act, APCD salary matters are only discussed in strict confidence.
As a member of the APCD board, I am deeply concerned by the possibility that a board member may have violated his or her duty of confidentiality by revealing who voted and how in closed session. I am also concerned by the possibility that Arnold just made up facts regarding Supervisor Patterson’s vote.
Did she think it was appropriate for a candidate for public office to either collude with APCD board members to violate the Brown Act, or make up facts and spread misleading financial analysis?
Did Arnold consider the consequences her hit pieces would have on Larry Allen, a dedicated public servant, and on the APCD as it guards our county’s air quality and human health? Was she being mean-spirited, or simply following her advisers’ directions without question? If the latter, whose advice would she follow when it came time to vote, once in office?
The 5th District and the county deserve better than Arnold. Supervisor Jim Patterson has an independent mind and has proved to be an honest, respectful, hard-working leader who listens to all sides before deciding on an issue. Vote for Jim Patterson on June 5.
Mayor, San Luis Obispo
Fame: a harmless game
Most of us follow the news and realize how important it is to keep informed, no matter how depressing it can be. But at the same time, we need to escape from it all, so we follow the lives of the rich, famous, powerful: our celebrities. We follow intensely the Kardashians, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears and so forth.
We treat them like gods, and they are often willing to play the parts. However, as long as they know they are not, and more importantly, we know they are not, for the most part it is a harmless game.
Our debt to Darwin
“ From so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.”
Thus, Charles Darwin ended his most remarkable and influential book “On the Origin of Species.” With this book, Darwin has presented to the thinking world a key to understanding the myriad strands of life that have been and will continue to be a part of our world.
There is overwhelming evidence that all living creatures, plants and animals on this planet are descended from a single ancestor. The diversification that followed is the result, primarily, of natural selection, which cares naught for any comfort as it continues to pursue its domination of the superior gene, whether plant or animal.
Darwin’s statement “from so simple a beginning ” makes the obvious conclusion that the beginning had to be simple. The opposite would be “statistically improbable”; statistically improbable things don’t spontaneously spring into existence.
Life is constantly improving its ability to survive through natural selection in order to ensure the continuation of its genes, whether plant or animal. Our understanding of this remarkable operation owes a lot to Charles Darwin and his book “On the Origin of Species.”
Respect our nation
I was very distressed when I attended my granddaughter’s graduation at Sonoma State University last Saturday that neither the Pledge Of Allegiance nor the national anthem was recited, sang or played. Is it politically incorrect in California that at a major function of a state-operated college we honor the United States by reciting the pledge or singing the national anthem?
Which government agency would be responsible for making the decision to not honor our country? Even at nongovernment-sponsored sports events, the national anthem is customarily played and respected. At our City Council meetings, the pledge is recited.
I feel the university administration should be called to answer as to why this was allowed to happen and instructed to show respect to the United States in future public functions.
War breeds lies
Shame on Americans, sending their children to war based on known lies: Vietnam: President Johnson, Robert McNamara and Henry Kissinger “Gulf of Tonkin” — lies. Iraq: Iraq sought uranium from Niger, West Africa — lie. Thousands of aluminum tubes used to create centrifuges — lie. Iraq had 20 long-range Scud missiles — lie. Stockpiles of chemical and biological agents — lie. Discovery of two tractor trailers near Mosul prove mobile biological weapons lab — lie. Repeated claims by the U.S. that Iraq possessed of huge quantities of chemical and biological weapons — lie. U.N. inspectors unable to find weapons of mass destruction — fact. Unprecedented opposition by U.N. Security Council — fact. Working class and poor pay for the war; the rich get tax cuts; others get cuts in Medicare and Medicaid, education — fact. $1 trillion spent ($6.6 billion lost reconstruction fund, $1 billion weapons fund missing) — fact. U.S. air-conditioning spending Iraq and Afghanistan: $20.2 billion annually. America sends its children to war; 4,487 dead and 32,223 seriously wounded — fact. Who is responsible for our children’s deaths? American public — fact. Jesus wept.