On the day David Middlecamp’s wonderful article on Zion National Park reached county doorsteps (“Light & Shadow,” May 20), 30 Paso Robles High School students couldn’t read it. They were on their second day of a weeklong backpacking trip in Zion’s remote back country on an annual backpacking trip organized by PRHS science teacher Mark Dimaggio.
After an academic year studying global environmental issues, the students immersed themselves in Zion’s magnificently rugged landscape, enjoying cliff top views and hiking through the park’s deep canyons. As one of the fortunate chaperones, I’d like to thank you for highlighting Zion’s diverse beauty and spiritual mysteries.
Zion can be a life-changing experience.
Teacher, Paso Robles High School
Good and bad
So, our Nobel Peace Prize-winning president has a kill list for terrorists. Does this make the Nobel committee squirm just a little bit?
Oh, and the president was vehemently opposed to enhanced interrogations. So, killing is good; torture is bad. Collateral damage to civilians is good; nobody dies is bad.
I write this as the son and friend of veterans with PTSD.
Never mind that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that corporations are people (can a company’s board and all employees be charged with murder now?), that a president can assassinate us without trial, that peaceful protesters nationwide were disbanded in a coordinated military-type operation, that belonging to a certain religion or political ideal justifies being infiltrated and investigated, that laws can be enacted against private sexuality and recreational drugs, that we violate human rights around the world and that we are declining in health care and education. As long as we can fly the flag and use plastic bags, we are free.
I’d like to ask which god is blessing America and could it stop, please.
Good grief, how many years does it take to finally be forgiven for stupid things done as a teenager or college student (“Defined by ‘pranks,’ ” May 26). To constantly bring up stuff Mitt Romney did when he was young is pointless. There are much more important things to worry about than what a candidate did 40 or more years ago. I would bet that a lot of us did things as teenagers or college students which we would hate to have used as basis for our adult character. In President Barack Obama’s case, we will never know, since all of his college records are sealed.
I want either candidate for president to come up with solutions to our unemployment problem, how to strengthen our economy; both of which are of vital concern as the election approaches.
Edith E. Welter