Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 2/20

Senior counseling

Thank you for AnnMarie Cornejo’s well-written “Golden years gone missing” article on Jan. 17. There is another unique helping service with which the community should be familiar, particularly for those dealing with the sadness of a missing person.

The helping service is Senior Peer Counseling. It is free and done in the home, so there is no need to make the effort to get someplace. The volunteers who have taken this counseling training say it is a gratifying experience.

From my 84 years and volunteer experience, my suggestion is to phone Carol Schmidt at Wilshire Community Services at 547-7025, ext. 15, to see how helpful she can be.

Dorothy Yelda

San Luis Obispo

Zinn will be missed

The world will miss Howard Zinn, historian and writer who died recently (“‘People’s History’ writer Zinn dies at 87,” Jan. 28). He lived for peace and human rights. He turned to peace after participating in one of the first uses of napalm on the French village of Royan, weeks before the end of World War II.

As a veteran who participated in the Vietnam war which resulted in the killing of hundreds of thousand of women and children, I understand that war, the ultimate violence, brings extreme pain, grief, humiliation and despair and results in vengeance rather than security or peace.

I appreciate Zinn’s unique perspective of different viewpoints in his history textbook, “A People’s History of the United States.” I applaud his publicizing alternate heroes in American history such as American Anti-Imperialist League vice president Mark Twain and labor union organizer Helen Keller.

I believe human relationships are negotiated on the basis of our common needs and feelings. Violence (use of force) in getting our needs met serves only to bring more violence into our lives. Zinn stands as a true conservative who worked to conserve what is most important to our human condition: human rights and peace.

Andrew Schneider

Arroyo Grande

Camp Fire USA turns 100

This year marks Camp Fire USA’s 100th anniversary! There will be several centennial celebrations throughout the year, starting with a dinner/dance at the end of Camp Fire’s official birthday week centennial celebration on Friday, March 19 at the Edwards Barn in Nipomo.

I would like to encourage all former Camp Fire members, leaders, past board of director members, etc., to contact the Camp Fire USA office (773-5126 or campfireusaccc@sbcglobal.net) for further details about this very special celebration.

Camp Fire’s annual candy sale fundraiser is currently in progress until Feb. 21. Please support this great youth organization. Concurrently, Camp Fire is sponsoring “Operation Home Front.” You can purchase boxes of Camp Fire candy ($5/box) from youth selling in the community or by contacting the Camp Fire office and the candy will be sent to our troops overseas by the Long Beach Council. What a great way to support our troops and our own Central Coast Camp Fire youth, all at the same time.

Anyone wanting more information about Camp Fire USA, please check out the new Web site at www.campfirecentralcoast.org.

Thank you to the community for their continued support of Camp Fire.

Shari McCarthy

Camp Fire volunteer and former leader

Why so threatened?

Any of you watch the Tim Tebow ad during the Super Bowl? Pretty innocuous, right? So what was all the hubbub about? Why is it that liberals get so threatened when someone takes a moral stand?

There’s no hypocrisy issue with this college senior, in fact, just the opposite. He stands to take some “heat”

in the pros from some of his teammates (hard to imagine, but probably true) and the ad will probably diminish some potential sponsors for him. Nonetheless, this young man stands up for what he believes like a modern-day apostle. Wow ... pretty admirable. What a leader he’s been to his teammates as the Heisman Trophy winner and quarterback on the number-one college team in the nation these past few years. I don’t know how he’ll do in the professional ranks, but I have hunch there is something more important than football in his future.

Bill Lee

Los Osos

Birthday wishes

My great-nephew, Christian Hughes, is a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army, 10th Mountain Division, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry. On Oct 2, Christian was severely wounded by a Taliban insurgent during his second tour in Afghanistan.

Christian has been a patient at Walter Reed Army Hospital since October of last year and is in for a long recovery from injuries to both his legs.

He is waiting to heal.

The outcome of the injury to his left leg is still uncertain. Christian’s attitude is amazingly upbeat, but the tedium of waiting and the pain of the injuries makes his days very long. Fortunately, Christian has lots of faith, the constant company of his wife or other family members and good medical care.

I think that kind thoughts will do a lot to keep his and his family’s morale strong and encouraged. So I’m asking the wonderful people of San Luis Obispo County to send my nephew a card, a note, a joke, a picture or a birthday card. Please take a few moments to let him know that even strangers care about him and that his service is appreciated. His 24th birthday is March 13 and his address is:

SSgt. Christian Hughes

Abrams Hall Box 4136

6900 Georgia Ave. NW

Washington DC 20307

Mona Tucker

Arroyo Grande

Moral behavior

Glenn Lubak contends in his letter, “Church, state, prison” (Feb. 6) that making special meals for Muslims in prisons is an inadequate separation of church and state.

Perhaps he could try seeing it this way: it’s just common decency and has nothing to do with religion. We don’t force vegetarian prisoners to eat meat. We don’t force Orthodox Jewish prisoners to consume pork. Why would we treat Muslim prisoners any other way?

Moral behavior, seeing each other as humans, is an innate human trait and not limited to days of worship or religion.

Tom Neuhaus

San Luis Obispo