Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 10/22

Searching for truth

Bob Cuddy shows he has swallowed some of the lies buried within the “official” Sept. 11 Commission Report (“Distortions poison our public affairs,” Oct. 3).

The 9/11 Truth Movement is not “left/right” political ideology. Friends and families of Sept. 11 victims banded together to uncover the truth.

Eight years later, they still don’t know who, how and why.

In April, a scientific paper conclusively reported the presence of unignited nanothermite explosives in dust samples from the Twin Towers.

(Explosives were not even considered by the 9/11 Commission despite several eye-witness reports of “explosions.”)

In his new book “The Ground Truth,” John Farmer (Counsel to the 9/11 Commission) writes, “At some level of the government, at some point in time ... there was a decision not to tell the truth about what happened.” (Just what is that “untold truth?”)

Actor Charlie Sheen recently joined the list of credible figures calling for a new, truly independent investigation of Sept. 11. Sheen has challenged defenders of the 9/11 Report to a televised debate. No one has accepted. (Do they fear the truth?)

Cuddy’s trivialization and politicization of the Sept. 11 friends and families trying to uncover the truth is unacceptable.

Ray Bock

Arroyo Grande

Fundraising success

October is breast cancer awareness month and the Cypress Ridge Women’s Golf Club’s 7th Annual Rally for The Cure golf tournament at Cypress Ridge Golf Course on Oct. 1 was an outstanding success. The funds raised from sponsors, the silent auction and other fund-raising activities at the event surpassed the $10,000 mark, making this benefit for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation again one of the most successful in California.

Since 1996, rallies throughout the United States have enabled people to spread the life-saving message of early detection in their communities. Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to fighting breast cancer in the world.

We are so appreciative of the contributions of our community, as players, volunteers and donors. Many individuals and businesses were major contributors to this important cause. A special thank you to the more than 80 area businesses for their support  in this fight to find a cure — especially Rabobank, presenting sponsor; Arroyo Grande Community Hospital; Susan Clark, Keller Williams Reality; CorseCo Inc.; Cor-Tech Inc. (Dr. Faber M.D.); Cypress Ridge Homebuilders; J.J.’s Market; Stacy Korsgaden, Farmers Insurance; REC Solar; Laleh Shaban, M.D.; South County Reality; and Toyota of Santa Maria.

Lynn Dorland

Cypress Ridge Women’s Golf Club

Just ask LBJ

President Obama would do well and have Shirley McLain channel LBJ and ask him about another 40,000 troops to Afghanistan.

Joe Hugh


A succinct appraisal

In his commentary from the Washington Post (Oct. 20), self-described Republican John Hewko summed up the health care reform wrangling in Washington as follows:  “Congress continues to make the ideologically perfect the enemy of the desperately needed good. Democratic ideologues reject tort reform and insist on a public option that many suspect is a Trojan horse for a single-payer system, while their Republican counterparts deny that a crisis exists, decry any reasonable attempt at reform as a government takeover and fail to articulate an acceptable alternative.” 

A succinct appraisal of a situation which, for millions of Americans, is as serious as a heart attack.

Jeffrey Schultz

San Luis Obispo

Beck backs up his views

Glenn Beck’s hortatory delivery of news and opinion is over-the-top at times. However, he does not, as Lars Enyart claims in his letter of Oct. 5, purport to be simply a factual newscaster, unlike Enyart et al.

Beck supplies us with the facts, analyses and arguments that led him to his views.

It is instructive that those denigrating Beck do so with personal invective and generalized venom but never seem to get around to showing us exactly where Beck is mistaken and why he is wrong using their own facts. Why? It’s a mystery.

Tub-thumping vitriol and schoolyard rants poison the discourse and do not convincingly refute Beck’s propositions. I’m left wondering: are these objections to Beck the result of dispassionate thought or simple misology?

Jackson L. Forney


Achievement House

As a family-owned business in San Luis Obispo, we know the importance of having a local resource you can depend on to get the job done properly and promptly.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff of Achievement House for the wonderful services they provide our business.

Achievement House is a nonprofit corporation serving the vocational and residential needs of persons with developmental disabilities in San Luis Obispo County.

We would like to encourage any business in our area to contact Achievement House for information on how they may be able to assist your company. They can be reached at 543-9383.

Raymond and Nina-Marie Cattaneo

Ray’s Own Brand Jerky, Sausage and BBQ Service