Letters to the Editor

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Sewer stand clarified

The Tribune’s Jan. 10 editorial incorrectly stated that Farm Bureau endorses the Los Osos Sewer Project (“Los Osos sewer project needs to move forward,” Jan. 10).

Farm Bureau would like to clarify that we are not supporting the project as a whole. We have members on both sides of the issue. What we are supporting is the project’s effluent disposal and reuse system for tertiary treated wastewater over the original plan to dispose secondary treated wastewater by spray fields.

Our concerns center on food safety and water quality impacts to all neighboring producers.

Jackie Crabb

Executive Director, San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau

Communion denied

I’d like to commend the Rhode Island bishop Thomas Tobin who took a courageous step on behalf of Catholics everywhere by denying Rep. Patrick Kennedy communion privileges in light of the congressman’s pro-choice stance on abortion (“Kennedy says his bishop has denied him communion,” Nov. 23).

I look forward to the church’s upcoming decision to deny the holy sacrament to all legislators, not to mention parishioners, who favor the death penalty. I look forward to it, but I’m not holding my breath.

Jim Mallon

San Luis Obispo

Airport privacy

I find the “furor” over full-body scanning at airports perplexing. I fly occasionally. No one makes me fly. I don’t consider getting on an airplane a right. Driving, getting on a train or bus or going shopping are not “rights.”

If I want to fly on a commercial airplane, there are certain rules I must follow. I must buy a ticket. I must show identification. If I have carry-on luggage, it must fit a template to assure it can go under the seat. If I choose not to abide by any of those rules, I can choose another means of transportation.

Frankly, I think the government is woefully behind the terrorists’ strategies in coping with flight threats, but if I must undergo a full-body scan (or strip search), I will do that, or I will choose another means of transportation.

I don’t understand all the hoopla. Privacy rights? Get serious. Anyone can listen in to your cell phone conversation. Anyone can take your photo anywhere you go. Your online purchases are likely available to nearly anyone who is interested. There is no privacy. Recognize that fact.

Jim Vint


Why war?

Everyone in the United States should ask themselves what Michael F. Williams asked in his letter to the editor, “Why must America be constantly at war?” (From a pacifist, Oct. 29).

The unfortunate answer is that capitalism and consumerism make perpetual war all but inevitable. Our economic system requires raw materials to endure. If the raw materials are no longer available, then the engine of production will come to a grinding halt. An event that those with the biggest interest in perpetuating the system, the corporate profiteers and us consumers, will not allow to happen. Therefore, our economic system logically compels us to treat the natural resources outside our boundaries (petroleum in particular) as a national security interest.

So why constant war? It’s our insatiable appetite for more. That’s the elephant in the room none of us want to acknowledge. We consider ourselves “liberals” and “progressives” if we do nothing more than wonder why they hate us, but we would never even consider our own over-consumption to be an act of war. But we will be at war as long as we insist on perpetuating an unsustainable economic system which, at its core, values goods more than people.

Eric Parkinson

San Luis Obispo

Growth restrictions

In a comment by Werner Koch of Cambria, the words “uncontrolled development and the resultant construction of facilities to serve future residents” appeared (“Water rates,” Jan. 13).

I have been fortunate to have lived and worked as a small builder/designer in this area for approximately 32 years and the one thing I am most certainly sure of is that in designing or building any project in this area, one must most certainly meet laws, codes, covenants, conditions and restrictions and almost endless procedures before fruition of ones project shall come to pass.

Why, I think there may be a code concerning the length of a hangnail, but I could be wrong there. So uncontrolled? I don’t think so. We humans seem to multiply with a bit of reckless abandon, so therefore we are obligated to keep providing. Kind of keeps going in circles, doesn’t it?

Mike Lorenzo

Los Osos

No vote for Whitman

It seems Meg Whitman is spending and spinning her way to Sacramento in a whirlwind rush to become our next governor. Her claim to fame is her rise to power in eBay and other companies that were world leaders before she ever joined them. I’m wondering if anybody read the “Bits” blog in The New York Times on April 23. It seems Whitman’s replacement is undoing all of her so-called great achievements because of the adverse affects they are having for the company.

No one seems to care about her dealings with Goldman Sachs. According to former commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Steven Wallman, “It’s a black-and-white corporate bribery issue.”

I have been registered as a Republican for most of my adult life. It saddens me to see what has happened to the Republican party. I don’t know who I will vote for in the upcoming California governor’s race, but I am sure it will not be for someone who bounced from one corporation to another to get to the top, raking in billions of dollars along the way.

David Fry