Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 12/23

Renounce ‘just war’

President Barack Obama’s Nobel war speech cited an excerpt from Martin Luther Kings Jr.’s Nobel acceptance speech in 1964: “Violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones.” Obama concluded, “Instruments of war do have a role to play in preserving the peace.”

I disagree that war makes for peace. The axiom for nonviolence is the opposite. How can the abhorrence of war — destruction, starvation, terror, torture, marital law, civilians casualties and executions — bring peace?

If Obama is correct, then Gandhi, King, Dorothy Day, Mother Teresa, Saint Francis and Saint Clara were wrong. If Obama is right, then the nonviolent Jesus is wrong.

As followers of Christ, we must insist on the “way” of nonviolence. Love your “enemies” and renounce “just war theory.” The theory itself is obsolete with nuclear annihilation. Jesus commands it.

Craig Kelso

Paso Robles

Rethink headlines

More than a year ago, I wrote a letter to The Tribune regarding the coverage given to Jordan Hasay. Then, as now, my beef is not with her obvious talent or the amount of coverage she receives, but the fact that The Tribune treats her as an absolute media darling compared to others her age. 

At that time, you ran another story about a 10-year-old girl from Shandon who raises pigs with her family for the Mid-State Fair. Your oh-so-endearing headline for her story was “Pigs: All in the Family.”

How bold of you to take a cheap swipe at a young girl from Shandon. As I said before, the next time you run a story about Hasay, let’s see if you have the same gall to title it, “Hasay has the runs” or “Hasay running for her life.”

Kurt Rightmyer

Los Osos

Put Christ back

What we really need is to put the Christ back in Christianity. “Merry Christmas.”

Korby Sinclaire

Arroyo Grande

Teen ‘angel’ noted

Anyone who dismisses today’s youth as spoiled and self-centered hasn’t met Aaron Brochtrup, an eighth grade student at Los Osos Middle School. Actually, I haven’t formally met him either, but he has become a shining symbol of the spirit of giving. The school bus happens to pick up students directly in front of my house. Every weekday morning, Brochtrup retrieves my two morning newspapers and dutifully props them up against my front door, which means I don’t have to brave the morning chill and expose myself to the neighbors in my night clothes as I rummage through the bushes to find the elusive papers.

That chore has been performed by this teen angel. No one ever asked him to do it. It was apparently natural in his strong character to be a good Samaritan.

Sometimes it is the small things that are most appreciated. One doesn’t always have to storm the battlements to be a hero.

Tom Bauer

Morro Bay

Homeless help lauded

This letter is in response to two articles that appeared in the Dec. 6 issue of The Tribune. One of the articles, written by Bob Cuddy, was titled “Homeless have stake in grants.” The other was written by Jim Duenow and titled “Some background as De Vaul goes national.”

My comments are directed to Duenow, Dee Torres and Richard Markenson, all of whom have made public statements regarding my involvement with Sunny Acres.

I applaud these folks for the work they do and their involvement with Economic Opportunity Commission, the Prado Day Center and the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter.

I consider myself an advocate for the homeless, and I consider anything that can be done to help an asset to the citizens of our community as well as the homeless.

I am sorry that an effort for them to help Sunny Acres regarding management has not produced the desired result. It is not a coincidence that these two articles were printed in the same edition, which substantiates in my opinion that this group perceives a sense of competition between the two programs. My feeling is that our community is fortunate to have as many programs as possible to help the homeless.

Again, I applaud these individuals for their work, and wish them total success in their efforts to build the new proposed homeless campus and for what it’s worth, I will personally guarantee that there will be no shortage of clients in need of help.

Dan De Vaul

Sunny Acres, Inc., Founder

I’d take the barn

Let me see, if I were homeless, would I choose to sleep under a bridge where the weather can go below 30 degrees or would I choose to sleep in a warm barn that isn’t up to code? So many decisions to make. Myself, I would take the barn.

Ronald Mac


Thanks to Mueller

The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum will bid farewell to Roy Mueller, executive director, at the end of this year. The museum would like to thank Mueller for his contributions to our community over the past four years.

Mueller came to us with experience from numerous children’s museums. He relocated here to lead the San Luis Obispo museum at a time when the old facility had been demolished and funds were being raised to rebuild and reopen this gem of an institution. Mueller brought a distinct spirit of the endeavor and passion to create a place of curiosity and exploration for the children and families who reside in and visit the Central Coast.

Mueller’s creativity, hard work and leadership enabled the museum to reopen in June of 2008. The first floor was completed in June 2009, bringing the total number of indoor and outdoor exhibits to more than 30. Mueller made sure that not only these exhibits, but also the Museum programs, activities and events, were interactive and engaging.

On behalf of the entire community, but particularly those who work and volunteer at the museum, I would like to honor Mueller’s achievements. We wish him the very best in all of his future ventures.

Allison Alltucker

President, Board of Directors for the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum

Start taking action

The letter from Darrel Boles (Joyous in China, Dec. 18) regarding American products and China’s happiness is very moving, but he probably contributed to the problem. Would he pay four to five times to purchase an American-made product over one made elsewhere? Probably not.

Does he think that we can erase 50 years of attrition of manufacturing jobs to foreign countries with the wave of a magic wand? The divisiveness in this country — unions versus business or Republicans versus Democrats — has taken us down this path. Unions in America demanded more money for less work and quality that could be achieved in other countries.

The problems in America today cannot be addressed long-term by “creating” short-term employment. The leaders of labor, business and government must join together to create industries that will provide long-term employment and stability.

Americans would also be well served to forego the purchase of toys and mindless pastimes and instead devote that time to education and mental growth. Americans think they are entitled to everything, but do not feel they need to work for it. They want to arrive without ever taking the trip.

Quit complaining and start acting, something the minority of Americans, like me, do.

Ken Koenen

Paso Robles

Climate change hoax

Mark DiMaggio is hysterical and he’s trying to create hysteria in the rest of us with his environmental fear mongering (350 ppm must be our target, Dec. 17). The “science” behind anthropogenic global warming, or man-made global warming, has been debauched by the left. The left has been at war with individual freedom for generations and has found a home in the global warming movement. If we know anything about the science of climate change, it is this: it is a hoax that is supported by fraudulent science, as proven by the recent revelations about the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit.

The left is at war with individual liberty in this country and will distort and twist science to achieve its objectives of limiting it. DiMaggio is merely a soldier in the left’s army.

Dennis Bertrand

Morro Bay