Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 11/29

Thanks for support

Thank you for the excellent publicity of the Methodist Women of Estero Bay United Methodist Church Bazaar in Morro Bay on Saturday on Nov. 7.

Thank you to all the people who came and bought the handmade crafts, jams and jellies and bake sale items and had lunch and fellowship with us.

House plants and items from Granny’s Attic made for exciting shopping. Thanks to the generous public, Methodist Women will continue to support its many mission projects.

Beth Cook

Morro Bay

A serious message

Thank God for Living Waters, the group featured in The Tribune’s article “Religious Group Takes on Darwin,” Nov. 20. This group’s message should be taken seriously.

I hope they will continue to confront the devil at Cal Poly by educating our naive young people not only about creationism, but also about the fact that the Earth is the center of the solar system and the universe and that they should forget silly stuff like molecules, atoms and quarks.

I mean has anyone ever seen an atom or a quark? Are they in the Bible?

I’d like to see Living Waters take on more dead people like Newton, Galileo and Einstein and attack their preposterous theories about gravity, physics, astronomy, mathematics and relativity. Their next book could be called “Advances in Science.”

Thanks to The Tribune for putting this perceptive group on the front page where they belong.

Jim Royer

Los Osos

Great article

John Lindsey’s weather report is always informative and interesting. But the added descriptions on the Pacific brant geese in The Tribune article deserves a Pulitzer (Birds fly up to 100 mph, arrive here in 55 hours, Nov. 22). I’m sure many readers also appreciated the fabulous information he shared from John Roser on this remarkable migrating bird that uses the forces of strong winds to move fast. Now we can watch the brant geese with new appreciation. Thanks Lindsey and Roser.

Gordon Young

San Luis Obispo

Volatile volunteerism

After visiting the library in Arroyo Grande the other day, I was saddened to learn that the person who was one of the most helpful and happy faces there has lost her job.

In this day and age, losing your job is very serious business. I know how hard this person worked to get that job. In these economic times, it can take months or even years to find work, and in the meantime, the bills pile up.

Her job is being replaced by a volunteer. A volunteer who works for free and thus saves the county money. This is wrong. Before you volunteer for a job, ask yourself: As a volunteer, am I replacing someone who was paid to do this job?

Volunteer work is wonderful and very satisfying. I volunteer once a month for the local food bank. However, I am not taking a paying job away from someone. If this kind of backstabbing continues, we are all in for serious trouble.

Why pay the police, teachers and firefighters when volunteers could be used? The bottom line is if you haven’t got a union or a strong organization behind you, good luck. You can be pushed out of your job and replaced by a so-called volunteer.

David B. Williams

Arroyo Grande

Truly civic planning

At the historic San Luis Obispo City Council meeting last Tuesday, the Chinatown Project was approved. At first, there was a deep and impossible contention. But then something creative happened, and the project was turned around 180 degrees, lowered in bulk and height and refined. We are all happier.

In that spirit, I would like to add to the excellent piece by Sally Connell in The Tribune (Most agree, Chinatown looks great, Nov. 22). I would like to emphasize the important relationship of two San Luis Obispo plazas — Mission and Chinatown. Following a promenade, families could make it to the new Chinatown plaza, be fed there, delight at a fountain and find amusement at a mini-park.

The result: a livelier downtown through creative and truly civic planning.

Joseph Abrahams

San Luis Obispo