Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 12/23

Show of support

Thank you for your extensive coverage of high school football on the Central Coast these last few months. While traveling on one of the booster buses from Arroyo Grande High School to Junipero Serra High School in Gardena for last week’s CIF championship game, what stood out was the number of supporters who were there simply because of their devotion to high school football.

From the former champions sporting their letterman jackets to the young boys who play on the youth league, everyone came together in a spirit of anticipation to represent the Central Coast.

At the game, the Arroyo Grande High School stands filled more quickly than those of the home team, a school that draws from a huge population. It was a remarkable show of support and one that will long live in everyone’s memory.

Piper Adelman

Arroyo Grande

Tariff resistance

Thank you for your series spreading the word on rooftop solar power and California’s need for a good feed-in tariff program (“Incentives to increase use of solar get mixed reviews,” Dec. 13).

You were perhaps a little too credulous in reporting why utilities such as the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. resist feed-in tariffs. We were amused to read that “PG&E’s primary concern with feed-in tariff programs in general is that the price tends to be set too high and, as a result, customers overpay for renewable energy generation.”

Yes, it’s true, there is great danger that a feed-in tariff program could be popular and successful. As you noted, Portugal pushed renewables up to more than 40 percent in about five years using feed-in tariffs.

The idea that utilities are concerned about customers “overpaying” is like the wolf worrying about the health of Little Red Riding Hood.

Apparently, there were no worries about ratepayers having to cover Diablo Canyon’s huge cost overruns. That was not considered a problem. But people making too much money from the solar power they feed back into the grid, thereby making solar panels too popular? Big problem.

Andrew Christie

Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club director

Films to watch

Everyone should see the movie titled “Fair Game,” the true story of how lying war criminals started the war in Iraq.

Another movie, titled “Inside Job,” reveals that the same people President Barack Obama hired to surround himself with helped cause the economy to go down the drain during the Bush years.

Do not miss the great documentary “Inside Job” and an Academy Award performance by Naomi Watts in “Fair Game,” the true story of a tragedy by the CIA.

The pity is that every American should see this as a visual history of our times.

Justin Purchin

San Luis Obispo

Contribution thanks

The Community Counseling Center would like to thank all those who contributed to our recent fundraising event, Therapy for Your Tastebuds.

Owners Jeff and chef Maegen Loring hosted this event at The Neon Carrot and provided the five-course dinner with wine pairings. We especially want to thank them.

Also contributing were Kenneth Volk Winery (Tricia and Ken Volk), Lorie Madrone and Jackie Messinger, J&L Wines (Lorraine Alban), the Abalone Farm (Brad Buckley) and the San Luis Obispo Symphony (Michael Nowak and Brian Hermanson).

Event sponsors were the First Bank of San Luis Obispo, the Crosby Company and Neal-Truesdale Insurance. A big thank you to all who purchased tickets. Without you, the event would not have happened.

Proceeds from this event will support the work done by the Community Counseling Center to provide low-cost professional therapy for those with a low income and no insurance.

Binah Polay

Community Counseling Center executive director

Debt reduction

My suggestion on how to reduce the United States national debt is for the United States to declare bankruptcy in the world court, knowing that since we are China’s largest customer, China will take over the “debt.”

Max Helf

San Luis Obispo

Boehner’s tears

Don’t you wonder what snarky comments the conservatives would come up with if our current Speaker of the House were as prone to tears as the incoming Speaker?

“Oh, Nancy’s hormones are on overdrive” or “Well, what do you expect of a woman?”

But the liberals are strangely silent after John Boehner’s recent breakdown (three times!) on “60 Minutes.” Maybe they were too stunned to hear of his concern for the nations’ schoolchildren while voting against every attempt by the federal government to help them?

Or maybe they just aren’t buying his story of a poor boy mopping saloon floors. His father owned the business and he was never going to lose his means of livelihood.

And maybe the progressive left cannot believe that Americans could be taken in by all his baloney?

Oh, wait ... tears are a sign of true emotion, right? Or they happen when people know the truth but choose to lie and are in personal conflict?

Mary Ross

Cambria

Abandoned principles

The interference of President Barack Obama’s executive branch with the judicial branch of a foreign and allied country, to subvert the application of national and international law, should concern every American citizen who cares about the stability of our constitutional republic.

Leaked State Department cables show that, soon after its inauguration, the Obama administration launched a campaign to obstruct the Spanish National Court’s indictment of six Bush/Cheney officials for justifying torture.

Coordinated by the United States embassy there, pressure was placed on Spain’s prosecutors, judges, attorney general and foreign minister. Obama’s attorney general had refused to pursue justice under the United Nations Convention Against Torture, a treaty the United States signed in 1988.

Article 6 of the Constitution makes “all treaties ... the supreme law of the land.” Article 1 gives the power to “make rules concerning captures on land and water” to Congress, exclusive of the executive branch.

Obama’s negligence of his sworn oath to enforce the law, obstruction of another nation’s sovereign obligation to do so and usurpation of congressional authority, enabled by the legislative branch’s abdication of its power, would bring tears to eyes of our Founding Fathers. Our silent acquiescence and abandonment of their principles and legacy bring us great shame.

I want my country back.

David Broadwater

Atascadero

Education failure

Lynne Levine’s letter titled “Do you feel safe?” (Dec. 12) is yet another example of America’s growing failure of public science education over the past 50 years. This is a major crisis for our nation.

Yes, I feel very safe about Diablo Canyon’s dry cask storage of spent radioactive fuel. My office has a commanding view of the Unit 2 reactor building 500 feet away and is about a quarter mile from the dry cask storage pad. I sometimes conduct plant tours for company personnel that include viewing the dry cask storage area.

Working for 34 years in the nuclear power business for the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and the Bechtel Power Corporation, I have a deep appreciation for nuclear power station design, construction and operation. The dry cask storage operation is highly safe and professional. The storage area is very secure, and the unbelievably robust steel and concrete storage casks, weighing many tons, are designed to withstand any earthquake, terrorist attack or airplane impact.

The public can tour the power plant site several times a year during Diablo Canyon Independent Safety Committee meetings (Visit www.dcisc.org for more information). Also, visit PG&E’s Energy Education Center at 6588 Ontario Road. Call 546-5280 for more information.

Walter Reil

Atascadero

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