Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 6/19

Mind the waste

I frequent a particular chain of Chinese restaurants in San Luis Obispo County and have observed something both puzzling and dismaying. About half the customers order their food for takeout but eat it in the restaurant. Then their Styrofoam container and plastic grocery bag go into the trash.

Styrofoam is not recyclable. Plastic bags are, but won’t be recycled if they’re in the trash. Also, both are derived from petroleum, a problematic and dwindling resource.

What a few people do may seem insignificant, but billions of these two products are produced each year. Landfill space is problematic in many places. What do children, who have a great stake in a livable planet, learn from this?

The restaurant offers paper plates, which can biodegrade and are recyclable (although, sadly, this chain lacks recycling bins). It’s time for a reissue of the bestseller “50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth.” This is one.

Johanna Rubba

Grover Beach

Grad event changes

As a Cal Poly graduate from the 1970s, it was very special to return to the university’s morning graduation ceremony to see my nephew graduate.

Some things have noticeably changed.

First, no invocation to open the ceremony and no benediction to close it. Are we so far removed from reality that we don’t think we need a blessing or an appeal to God for assistance? Lord knows, the newly graduated will need it in today’s world.

Second, I’m saddened at the disrespect by so many people during the national anthem. Could they have just stopped talking and moving to show respect for our country and what it stands for?

And lastly, not one speaker mentioned the men and women in our military who were absent that day protecting our right to gather as we did. Many brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers and other family members were absent because of their unselfish sacrifice. Have we forgotten that our country is at war?

Apparently, we’re more concerned with being politically correct and overtolerant than we are with doing the right thing.

Dan Carpenter

San Luis Obispo

Offensive cartoon

Perhaps I am the only person who finds the political cartoon on Page B5 of the June 17 newspaper offensive, but surely there must be other cartoons available. This one just seems in very bad taste in my opinion.

Connie Drake

San Luis Obispo

Words for Pitts

An open letter to Leonard Pitts Jr.:

When you stop equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism and when you stop quoting Jonah Goldberg as an authority on anything, maybe I’ll start to care what you think about anything (“No excuse for Helen Thomas’ anti-Semitism,” June 13).

Gene Fiscalini

San Luis Obispo

Lights on the beach?

On June 14, an evening with a most beautiful sunset, I drove to the end of West Grand Avenue in Grover Beach. I ran into the ocean, watched the crescent moon, the planet above her ascending.

The sun lit up each pillow cloud. Lightly, slowly, softly, the peach, the mauve and the lavenders left the clouds.

I walked up the beach and warmed my wet legs at the fire made by five moms gathered round with their little children to watch the light of day fade into night.

Then street lights came on. Street lights on the beach! Are you serious? You people who run the city of Grover Beach, the county of San Luis Obispo and the great state of California — did you actually put street lights on this beach?

Tell me you would never put street lights on a beach. Tell me I’m wrong. Tell me this isn’t some “La-La Land” made in Hollywood. Tell me I’m seeing things.

Irene Chadwick

Arroyo Grande

Consider Pilates

I read with interest the article regarding back pain that you ran recently (“Pain in the back? Best treatment may be time,” June 8). I was pleased that the writer suggested that specific exercise regimens can often delay or eliminate the need for surgery, but a bit disappointed that the suggestion came so far down the list of options.

There have been studies in recent years involving candidates slated for back surgery who followed an exercise program based on the Pilates Method. In most cases, the back pain and the need for surgery were eliminated. Dr. Brent Anderson, a physical therapist in Florida, is one researcher who has demonstrated the value of the Pilates Method in treating back pain.

I know from personal experience that the specific type of core strengthening and postural awareness that a consistent Pilates practice under the guidance of a qualified teacher can provide are keys to a healthy, pain-free back.

I would strongly encourage those who are experiencing acute or chronic back pain to consult an exercise therapist who teaches the Pilates Method. To find a qualified teacher, consult the website of the Pilates Method Alliance. Movement heals — exercise should be at the top the list.

Jean Gibson-Gorrindo

Los Osos

End two-thirds rule

If anyone needs further proof of Pacific Gas and Electric’s cynical, self-serving motivation for Proposition 16, look no further then to Arroyo Grande’s vote that defeated funding for a new police station. Proposition 16 was designed to require a two-thirds vote to approve a city’s purchase of alternative energy to offer their citizens. The Arroyo Grande measure required a two-thirds vote to approve and it only received 65 percent.

A minority of 35 voters out of every 100 derailed the city’s objective to build a new station and in effect overruled the wishes of 65 out of every 100 voters. This two-thirds requirement is contrary to the democratic principle of majority rule. It is a significant reason for the deterioration of the California Legislature and the U.S. Senate’s ability to function.

Given these models, PG&E certainly knew that if Proposition 16 passed, their monopoly on energy would forever be protected. Is it any wonder there is voter despair and frustration with our government’s inability to efficiently and effectively solve critical problems? It’s time to reconsider the two-thirds rule and demand that it be reduced or eliminated.

Joseph Amanzio

Paso Robles

Eliminate problem

Regarding the article criticizing homeless care (“Homeless care criticized,” June 17): If the choice really is “to get more active to ease the plight” of the homeless or “eliminate the problem,” I vote for eliminate the problem.

Alanna Owen

Arroyo Grande