Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 12/27

The power of God

The hypocrisy of some Christian people should not turn us away from God. Let’s not throw the baby Jesus out with the bath water.

Because of a hypocritical experience in the church of my youth, I turned away from Jesus for many years. Not until I returned to God and sought help and advice from the teachings and power of Jesus did my personal problems begin to heal. Anger, pettiness, judgmental behavior and addiction — all these problems that I am being healed from are also afflicting our society.

Society has turned away from God, much like I had. I have witnessed and experienced phenomenal breakthrough, healing and solutions by bringing God back into my life and looking to him for the answers.

For just one moment, block out the propaganda and be perfectly honest with yourself. Do you really believe that the problems of our society will be healed by the petty, judgmental, angry and power-addicted politicians in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.?

We need the power of God to solve our problems. He won’t do it unless we ask him. Let’s bring God back as our leader. We must start by bringing him back into all of our individual lives.

Randy Fauchier Grover Beach

Air quality on the Mesa

As a new resident of Nipomo, I was concerned to read that there has been an ongoing air quality issue here (Dunes vehicles pollute air, study says, Dec. 10). In reviewing the disclosures we received when we purchased our home, I did not find anything about the air quality problems.

Last summer, I looked toward the Mesa from Pismo Beach and saw a huge brown cloud covering it and reaching high into the sky. I doubt screens will solve this problem. I hope that while the county is studying the causes, it also takes some immediate measures to protect the health of residents on the Mesa. Here are four suggestions that might help us breathe a little easier.

1. Measure air particles inside homes and classrooms to see what those levels are.

2. If indoor levels are high, provide recommendations on air filters to reduce the particles. Provide filters to those who can’t afford them.

3. If there is not already one, implement a sentry air quality monitoring system. Use it to notify the community when particles exceed safe levels, so they can stay indoors.

4. Include the air quality issue in the disclosures for real estate purchases on the Mesa.

Rachelle Toti

Arroyo Grande

Different priorities

The front-page article in The Tribune (A.G. councilman arrested after attack, Dec. 17) on Ed Arnold gave the facts about the incident, the suspect and the victim, but then went on to talk about how Arnold has served on the planning commission, how prepared he is when he goes to Council meetings and how he has done so much to benefit the city in affordable housing projects. Are you kidding me?

This article should have talked about the heinous nature of domestic abuse and the horrific alleged crime, and it should have addressed how this young woman may have felt or how she is being cared for.

Instead, the article glorified this man. Apparently, The Tribune thinks it is his choice if he continues to sit on the Council representing Arroyo Grande in deciding our rights as property owners. We voted him in, and we should have a say in whether he continues to serve.

I want my City Council to be thinking about my rights as a property owner when they make decisions, not thinking about Arnold and whether he might be a felon or a coward. And The Tribune needs to get its priorities straight.

Candy Stricker

Arroyo Grande

Becoming Libertarian

The perspective in The Tribune from the Monterey County Herald was spot on about legislation we don’t need Congress worrying about, instead of dealing with more important issues (Bill on loud ads sounds like big noise, Dec. 17).

The comment that it was “almost enough to send us searching for information on how to become Libertarians” prompts us to respond.

No searching needed. You “become” a Libertarian by recognizing that government is empowered by “We the people” to protect us from the use of force (or fraud) and violence so we can attend to the business of living our lives in peace and harmony with good will towards others. Of course, if you want to be a card-carrying Libertarian, you go to www.LP.org, and if you want to vote according to the aforementioned principle and support candidates who agree, you simply check Libertarian on the voter registration form.

Gail Lightfoot, Richard E. Venable, Gary Kirkland

San Luis Obispo County Libertarian Party

Helping stop the hunt

I agree with the sentiments that Bill Hill expressed in his letter (Hurtful hunting, Dec. 13). Hunting in Morro Bay is hurtful and insane.

Fortunately, the hunting of brant geese is over for this year but the blasting will be back next year if something is not done.

Efforts to change this by the City of Morro Bay and the community of Los Osos have been thwarted by a group of bureaucrats and good ol’ boys in Sacramento.

However, the time may be ripe to bring about some changes. Next year, there will be two hotly contested elections for state legislators that represent our area. I plan to ask them what they will do to restrict hunting on Morro Bay. Will they sponsor legislation? Will they work for the appointment of members to the California Fish and Game Commission that are more sympathetic to our causes?

I think that they will be receptive, since I estimate that there may be as many as 10,000 votes hanging in the balance. I ask that you also ask them questions.

Alex Beattie

Morro Bay

Compassion needed

I am shocked and dismayed that social issues take a back-seat to what is deemed legally correct. Compassion is a critical element in caring for the needs of the homeless.

Dan De Vaul opened his heart and his home to those who needed him the most.

How can we ever consider ourselves a county of caring, when we have such critical spirits?

Carol Phillips

Communications Director, Transitional Food and Shelter, Inc.