A little help, please
OK. Someone help me out here. We can’t use mercury fever thermometers anymore because of the danger of mercury, but we are being forced to use light bulbs with mercury which will be used every day and be in every room of our home. What am I missing here?
San Luis Obispo
The article on doing away with mercury thermometers was laughable to say the least (“Mercury thermometer is going the way of the horse and carriage,” Feb. 28).
On the one hand, the government is doing away with a source of mercury in the home by banning or restricting the sale of mercury thermometers, and on the other hand it is mandating the use of compact fluorescent light bulbs that contain mercury. These bulbs are considered hazardous waste and the EPA has a three-page procedure for their disposal.
Do you really think people are going to go through a three-page procedure just to throw away a light bulb? I doubt it. If we were serious about eliminating mercury, then why not eliminate it in all consumer products?
They were on target
Regarding the Mark Anselmi and Kristen Barneich letters to the editor (March 2): I couldn’t have said it any better. Every day I wake, I give my thanks and appreciation to the firefighters, paramedics and EMTs, CHP, and police department employees (not to forget anyone else who serves the community) for their compassion and dedication to the people. You make me feel safe on the streets and I can sleep comfortably knowing we are being watched. I may work holidays at my own job, but the only difference is that my life is not at risk. Thank you.
Leave Carrizo alone
I’ve long admired and respected both Jay Salter and Dick Krejsa, but after reading Jay’s well-written Viewpoint regarding the proposed solar plants on the Carrizo Plain, (“Old activists should not be elitists,” March 6), I must side with Dick on this issue.
When Jay says we need to “accept the political and economic realities,” my first thought was: Isn’t the preservation of the unique Carrizo Plain with its endangered species a more important political and economic reality than massive solar arrays that will certainly degrade that special habitat?
I certainly understand where Jay is coming from on the issue, but when viable alternatives exist, I believe preservation must take precedence and that the highest and best use of that ecosystem is to leave it alone. Perhaps we need to remember the old axiom: Untrammeled environments may hold answers to questions we have not yet learned to ask.
Little Theatre rocks
Talk about first-class talent — wow! — the cast of San Luis Obispo’s Little Theatre “This is Rock & Roll” was outstanding. Once again, the theater has come through with some mighty fine entertainment. The singing! The dancing! Not to mention the slide show, which explained the whole Alan Freed story so well.
Thanks to the entire cast, ensemble, crew and the live band for a wonderful afternoon. I am never disappointed, never.