Reasons for hope
I very much appreciated the recent commentary in The Tribune on how the frontier spirit helped carry writer Samantha Dunn and her family through the recession of 2009 (“In a tough year, frontier spirit carried us through,” Jan. 14).
The writer noted how friends, family, neighbors and local businesses showed generosity and kindness to them as they struggled economically. We have this same kindness within us here in San Luis Obispo County.
When there are fewer dollars and jobs to go around, we naturally return to the nonmaterial values of sharing, giving and social caring to get through. These are family and community values, and we greatly benefit ourselves and others with this attitude of social caring and connectedness.
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Self-reliance is another strong American value. Nearly all of us can do more for ourselves and our families to save money, such as making repairs ourselves, growing gardens and trading skills and products.
As an added plus, here in San Luis Obispo County, we have a fine local agricultural economy, so we produce food and other products and recycle our dollars that go farther still.
There are many reasons to be hopeful, and many of those reasons are right within us and around us now.
Bob McAfee San Luis Obispo
How many people with dementia have to be lost before our citizenry wakes up? People who disappear who have Project Lifesaver bracelets are found in the U.S. within an average of 30 minutes, even if they are hidden from view.
The San Luis Obispo Lions Club spearheaded sponsorships from all the county Lions Clubs, and in partnership with the sheriff’s department and Senior Volunteer Services, this service is provided to people with dementia. Scholarships are provided to anyone who cannot afford the service.
Please, if your loved one has even slight dementia, get them a Project Lifesaver bracelet for their safety. We don’t want any more lost people.
For more information, call 548-0909 or look up Project Livesaver on the Internet.
Pearl Thoma San Luis Obispo
Safer than Haiti
We have been watching the absolute devastation in Haiti and wondering how a community so damaged could survive. Since California is earthquake country, we may have even wondered whether the same thing could happen here. The answer is probably not.
We learned our lesson long ago. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake was similarly devastating and, over time, led to the development of building construction laws and enforcement systems in this state that helps avoid a repetition of that carnage.
So give thanks to the building code, the building departments and their inspectors and capable architects, engineers and constructors for the safe buildings we live and work in.
The Haiti earthquake was very powerful. A similar shake in California today would probably reveal some damage in old buildings that were not well maintained (or where someone had decided to skip an important requirement in the interest of time or economy) but nothing like what we have seen on television.
Cornelius Deasy San Luis Obispo
I appreciate the well-researched, well-written and comprehensive article “Nuclear rebirth may be looming” in The Tribune by Judy Pasternak (Jan. 24). Its messages, however, are alarming. Nuclear power is not a solution to global warming; it’s another set of problems — problems with reactor safety, radioactive waste management, the proliferation of fissile material and high cost.
The money spent on lobbying for this dirty, dangerous and expensive industry diverts our resources from conservation and clean, sustainable, affordable sources of energy. I encourage you to call or write to our senators and tell them that you do not support construction of new nuclear reactors as a means of addressing the climate crisis.
Jill ZamEk San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace
Where are protesters?
Where are the protesters? When former President George Bush was in office and sending more troops to Iraq, I would drive down the main street of my town on Saturday, and I would often see the Women in Black standing on the corner protesting the war.
Now that President Barack Obama is sending more troops to Afghanistan, essentially the same thing Bush was doing, I don’t see any protesters. Why is that?
Richard Placak Atascadero
Try Supreme Court
Corporate contributions to electoral politics are not free speech by any stretch. It’s paid speech — and so expensive that ordinary citizens can’t afford it.
Therefore, the recent ruling is antidemocratic in the extreme and should be unconstitutional (“Supreme Court lifts campaign spending limits,” Jan. 22). We need a court that can try the Supreme Court when they go off the rails like this.
Jean Gerard Cambria