Regarding the letter to the editor titled, “They can tell” (Nov. 28):
Many years ago, when my children were young, I purchased two rabbits for pets. I wanted to put them in the same hutch so I asked a friend if she could tell the sex of the furry fellows.
She told me she could tell by looking into their eyes if they were male or female. After a long gaze into each bunnies eyes, she pronounced them both female. Several weeks later, we had a dozen baby bunnies running around the hutch.
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The moral of the story is:
Observational science includes gazing at a specific area.
You can hide a lot under a fur coat.
Not a necessity
Regarding the letter titled, “Ripping steel shot”(Nov. 27):
I, too, think it is ridiculous to destroy beautiful brant geese to satisfy a few “hunters.” What is the purpose? It is not a necessity.
Morro Bay is an estuary and should be a sanctuary for wildlife.
Guns not only kill the geese, but disturb and disrupt other wildlife nearby. Many residential pets (dogs and cats) are terrified upon hearing gunshots (which can be heard up to 17th Street from the bay).
Tell us, why does this continue?
See ‘Inside Job’
David B. Williams’ letter to the editor references a movie called “Inside Job” (“How we got here,” Nov. 24). As he indicated, this movie puts all the pieces of the puzzle together to show how we got where we are today.
As he said, it doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican, Democrat or whatever, you should view this film. I have been reading over the past years little parts of the story. It isn’t until you see all the parts put together that you can see the whole corrupt picture.
Until “we the people” put our feet down and forbid these types of people from ever being in contact with a governmental official, we are going to have this corruption. Please accept the truth: money buys the decisions made in Washington, D.C., and state legislatures.
I was a registered Republican since the “I like Ike” era, but now cannot be a member of any party. The above movie should be required in every junior or senior high school history class. If the students could see how we were being manipulated, maybe we can get the United States on the right track again as a government for and by the people.
Many, many thanks
I was bicycling to the bank Thanksgiving week and foolishly placed my check in my pocket. When I arrived to my destination — lo and behold —there was no check in my pocket; it had fallen out on the street somewhere during the ride.
Forlorn, I biked to my place of employment to let my boss know about my smooth move. Then I went home; begrudgingly accepting the fact that I had made such a stupid mistake. This is where the magic happened. Later that day, my co-worker called me to let me know an anonymous citizen had found my check, recognized my name, retrieved it — and returned it — to where I work!
Citizen, this letter is for you. I don't know that I can thank you enough for your kindness. Your action was cosmic, and frankly, you saved my tuckus. You remind me that there is still some humanity left in the world.
Thank you a thousand fold.
San Luis Obispo
Thank you for the excellent series on illegal immigration. It is obviously a complex issue with no easy answers.
While the debate rages on, it is important to remember that each one of these illegal immigrants is a human being, and to quote Thomas Jefferson “they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The common usage of the term “illegals” allows our society to develop a mindset that enables us to treat them as lesser human beings.
Country of laws
OMG, when did “illegal” stop meaning you are breaking the law and need to suffer the consequences for doing so? Mr. Hanson (Voices, Nov. 30) says “We know illegal immigration is no longer really unlawful.”
What country does he live in? The United States is a country of laws and can only exist if its citizens obey those laws. Otherwise, we will have chaos. It is way past the time to rigidly enforce immigration laws. Lack of enforcement just adds to the downward spiral of the historic way of life we have enjoyed for more than 200 years.
Diversity and liberalism only fragment this country when what is needed is becoming “an American.” Yeah, and breaking just laws is immoral.
Liking AB 540
Unlike Bob Lewis (Letters, Nov. 20), I’m pleased the California Supreme Court held up AB 540.
AB 540 allows any student who attended a California high school for three years and graduated or earned a GED to pay in-state tuition at any of California’s public higher education institutions, regardless of immigration status. Data shows that students who benefit from the tuition break make up about 1 percent of each system’s total enrollment (California Community Colleges, CSU and UC). Many of these students are U.S. citizens or documented immigrants.
The UC system keeps detailed statistics and found that during 2007-2008, only about 400 UC students were potentially undocumented students or “illegal immigrants” as Mr. Lewis likes to call them. The majority of the students in the UC system benefiting from AB 540 were U.S. citizens or documented immigrants.
This law was passed in 2001. Our assemblyman at the time, Abel Maldonado, voted for it, as did our senator, Jack O’Connell. In fact, almost the entire California Legislature was favor of AB 540.
I like the idea of giving undocumented immigrants the opportunity to get college degrees, potentially become U.S. citizens and then get jobs and pay taxes. If Congress passes the Dream Act, it will be much easier for these educated, undocumented students to become U.S. citizens. Imagine that.
Cuesta College Counselor
Growing up in the 1950s, I was exposed to the constant threat of nuclear war. We practiced drills in school in the event of a nuclear attack. We were instructed to dive under our desks when we saw the initial fireball.
Little did we know that it would do little good. Our government continued to develop larger and larger weapons. We had a policy of mutual mass destruction, where neither the Soviet Union nor the United States would survive an attack by the other. Then as relations improved with our enemy, we started a nuclear arms treaty.
An acquaintance of mine, an army general, was involved in the first of these arms reduction treaties. These are done mostly by the military, which is aware of the potential for “falling behind militarily.” In other words, neither side has an advantage.
That treaty is about to expire, and a new one has been carefully negotiated. The new treaty’s ratification is now being held hostage to political games between the parties. Please let us proceed with these reductions, so my grandchildren will not possibly have to practice diving under their school desks.
Robert De Vries
San Luis Obispo
A forgotten virtue
Congress, misinterpreting voter anger as an election mandate, is forming a circular firing squad and ironically targeting middle-class America, the traditional bedrock from which Congress is increasingly removed.
Nearly 50 percent of our legislators are millionaires, many becoming richer during our recession through revolving-door access to high positions in business, academia and think tanks.
Add a thriving class of media charlatans and provocateurs who enrich themselves by promoting cultural conflict, and gridlock is no surprise. A presidential bipartisan commission tries to interject reason and compromise through an economic recovery plan, but its anticipated proposals of spending cuts and tax hikes immediately face “death by polarization” because they threaten the status quo of established privilege.
Can we calm the rhetoric and request that our representatives seriously consider the final bipartisan recommendations as math first and politics second? Perhaps together, we could revive a long-forgotten but still powerful virtue: shared sacrifice.
San Luis Obispo