Letters to the Editor

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2012 hoopla

While at the laundromat, there were two regular guys, educated, late 50s or early 60s, proudly fretting about how afraid they were of what will happen in 2012. Since when is it righteous to be proud of being afraid over delusional nonscience?

Is it rational to hope for the destruction of the Earth and somehow they will be saved and other good people will not? I think these men are addicted to fear. It seemed they had brainwashed themselves to be afraid of everything and anyone different than those who believe like themselves. Thinking for yourself is better for your health.

Fundamentalist dogma is usually poisonous. In the last eight years, the neo-conservative fundamentalists have brainwashed their base through the three-step process: Terrorize, isolate and rescue.

The conservative politicians seem to be afraid of everything and everyone and think everything is a conspiracy.

Maybe they are projecting fear from their own recent past?

They have forgotten they have muscles for smiling except for an occasional condescending smirk of contempt for anyone different than them. Their frown muscles are stuck, and they look and sound pathetic.

Let’s move forward together and fix the problems at hand for our great country.

Scott Jenkins

San Luis Obispo

Thanks for return

In mid-December, I accidentally left my purse in a shopping cart in the Albertsons parking lot in Paso Robles.

To my great surprise and thankfulness, some kind and honest person turned it in to Albertsons.

My deepest thanks to the honest person.

JoAnne Freygang

Paso Robles

Population control?

Ellen Goodman was right in her recent column (“The ‘human’ factor is missing in Copenhagen,” Dec. 11). She said the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had declared in 2007 that the subject of population growth was “virtually untouchable.” It was untouched.

So the fact that there are almost 7 billion of us today (with a projected increase to more than 9 billion by 2050) was deemed unworthy of consideration at Copenhagen?

Will another two billion have no effect on carbon dioxide emissions? Will no more valuable agricultural land be trashed for new development?

Will destruction of the rain forests suddenly come to a halt? Will the masses of humanity — over half the world population — that now live in cities have any conceivable quality of life? Will the increasing use of corn for ethanol to feed hungry automobiles reduce the food for hungry billions?

The world’s elite leadership has chosen to shirk their responsibility in dealing with increasing population. They seem content to let war, famine and disease take its course — unless powerful, growing China is able to impose a repressive one-child-per-family policy on the entire world.

Ray Bock

Arroyo Grande

Food Bank thanks!

Way to go, San Luis Obispo County! The Food Bank Coalition’s Hope for the Holidays Food Drive totals are in. We received more than 115,000 pounds of food, easily beating last year’s numbers.

Many organizations used their creative genius to make the drive fun. San Luis Garbage Company collected nonperishables in shiny new trash bins and delivered 500 pounds of food to us. The Tribune held a contest between departments (won handily by the editorial team) and gathered more than 1,300 items. The Paso Robles City Library held a “can your fines” promotion, waiving late fees in exchange for food to fill their barrel. We are always astonished at the way residents of San Luis Obispo County help their neighbors. This month you have yet another opportunity.

Central Coast United for Change is sponsoring a food drive to honor the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Volunteers will deliver bags on Saturday and return on Monday to collect donations. It may be close on the heels of our holiday drive, but with nearly 1 in 6 people now “food insecure,” food is flying off our shelves faster than ever before.

Best wishes for a good 2010!

Cathy Enns

Communications Director, Food Bank Coalition