Wake our leaders
The indisputable facts are: 1) When Mother Nature speaks, we are insignificant and helpless; 2) The looming calamity of a nuclear radiation fallout. As Dr. Helfand, the past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, has said, a full meltdown at the Japanese plant would be the equivalent of “a thousand Hiroshimas.”
Yet, with all that staring at us users of nuclear power — what we heard from our leaders Sen. Mitch McConnell and President Obama himself (who should have known better) was that no change in our nuclear power policy is indicated. We need to carry on, they said, applying the experience we’ve gained from the Japanese calamity — not a word on doubling our efforts to harness the sun.
Don’t they realize the obvious? That this event is the loudest wake-up call we’re ever going to get? That we need to act now?
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So what should we do to wake our leaders up and take care of us before Mother Nature comes calling here?
San Luis Obispo
The real issue
Opposition to Walmart in the United States is an enigma. It is a puzzle that such an anti-American attitude could flourish in our supposedly free and open society.
No one is forced to work at Walmart and yet they employ more people than any other company in the USA. Nobody is forced to shop at Walmart, yet they have more customers and have more retail sales than any other company in the USA. In other words, they must be doing something right to have achiev-ed first place with their employees and their customers and all had free choice in the matter.
And that is the real issue — free choice! Now how about us Americans doing something American and let Walmart have free choice in the location and size of their stores?
No wings to fly
Did you hear them? Did you hear the cry of the crows as the tsunami waters closed around the people? “Watch us,” they said, “It’s easy — spread your wings and fly before you are lost!” But the people had no wings and could not fly away like the crows and the water closed around them.
San Luis Obispo
Bouquets to everyone who made the second annual “Atascadero: Dancing with Our Stars” such an outstanding success. We netted $50,000 from the event — a giant step toward the $1 million needed to “open the doors” of the new Atascadero Library.
Special thanks to Atascadero Fire Captain Bill White, who placed first; Jeannie Malik, who came in second; and John Webster, who finished third.
The other dancers gave winning performances as well: Doctors Rey and Marlene Cordero, Sharon Rademacher, Supervisor Jim Patterson, and Natalie and Jack Dorris. Specialty dancers Marc and Sharon Jaeger, Jody Franta, Julie Herring, and Penny Lentz, and B-boys Eddie Rodriguez, Gilbert Suarez, and David, Chris, and Josh Ramos also thrilled the audience.
Professional dance instruction was donated by Dan and Sharon Davis, who each taught and performed with two dancers: Judie Magonacelaya, and Larry Jensen. Bob Jones donated his sound and lighting equipment and expertise while Steve Martin and Marguerite Kelly Pulley served as master of ceremonies.
The event was organized by Judie Magonacelaya, Leigh Livick, Sue Sly, Christina LeFevre, and Dan and Sharon Davis with support from a host of capable volunteers.
Coordinator, “Atascadero: Dancing with Our Stars”
I just read that the Lucia Mar school district is considering selling some surplus land to bail themselves out.
Considering? If any of the schools, colleges, prisons or other state agencies have surplus land, cars, etc., sell them before you start laying off our teachers. This should be a no- brainer, and you shouldn’t have to have an advisory committee formed to resolve this issue.
How will Bonds pay?
Question: What will Barry Bonds’ punishment be should he fess up to using steroids?
A smack on the hand — better yet across the face, and then a large “grand slam” to his deep pockets.
Anyone with an average IQ and who reads knows he used steroids.
I’ll say he did. Now to spend the money being spent on this farce on our schools, to better educate youngsters not to lie and use these nasty chemicals to make obscene amounts of money from young hero worshippers.
Save that worship for real heroes who are protecting us. They don’t use steroids or even come close to that kind of money.
Bonds wouldn’t last one day in boot camp.
Nuclear not cheap
The “generosity” of Congress in accepting responsibility for the disposal and storage of nuclear waste is yet another example of the time-honored practice of American big business: privatize the profits and socialize the costs.
Don’t let anyone tell you that nuclear power is cheap unless the utilities pay for research and development, the storage of spent fuel waste and the deconstruction and “safe storage” of the radioactive power plant itself.
The events in Japan over the last week were a good test of our local agencies’ emergency services. Especially with Diablo Canyon in our backyard, we have to ask: could this happen here and are we really prepared?
With the radiation plume arriving in California last Friday, we were assured by the media that the levels of radiation would be safe. I checked the county Office of Emergency Services website for the latest information for their recommendations.
I was amazed that there was no updated information available. The latest news release from the manager of the Office of Emergency Services was on March 14, four days prior.
It was (and still is) a very fluid situation in Japan with conditions changing by the hour. A lot had happened to those reactors in four days. The media was talking about a radiation plume, and people were stocking up on potassium iodide pills, contributing to the anxiety level of local citizens.
Our county leaders should provide the latest information to its citizens. A current update of information by the manager of the Office of Emergency Services was warranted.
I guess I’ll stick to getting my information from the media.
The March 16 article, “Local ports escape worst of tsunami,” summarized economic damage from the tsunami to Morro Bay port. However, another side to the tsunami was the protection of the public and property.
As a member of the Community Emergency Response Team, CERT, I observed activities at the Emergency Operations Center at the Morro Bay Community Center. Many law enforcement departments participated: San Luis Obispo Sheriff, Morro Bay Police, California Highway Patrol, and California Fish and Game.
Other agencies and groups included: CDF South Bay, Morro Bay Fire, Harbor and other municipal departments.
Local ham radio operators coordinated information from other California seaports as well as local information. Law enforcement officers and Morro Bay Police volunteers staffed road blocks to isolate the Embarcadero and other beach access roads.
Local merchants on the waterfront cooperated by closing their businesses. All responded to a call from the county Office of Emergency Services for a possible emergency/ disaster.
Because of these actions, no one was injured from the tsunami and first responders were able to reach trouble spots quickly to help minimize damage to boats and the waterfront.
My hat is off to all of the emergency response teams!
David H. Akey
A timely event
Lights out. On the contrary, lights on! I recently attended “An Evening with Spencer Abraham” sponsored by Excelaron and Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business. To have someone of the stature of a former secretary of Energy being interviewed by the dean of the business college was not only enlightening but also remarkable for a small community like ours. Given the recent tragedy in Japan and the multiple opinions now being aired about nuclear power, the event was extremely timely.
I find it very interesting that San Luis Obispo is home to a variety of energy resources — oil, nuclear and soon, solar. In that light, the secretary provided an overall picture of energy, including the myths, and an inside look at the federal government that left me with a sense that there are real, tangible solutions to our energy needs.
While there was a good crowd, my only regret was that more people didn’t take advantage of this free event and the knowledge of both speakers, and more importantly, the real insight into how the energy world works. I am currently reading my signed copy of Secretary Abraham’s book, and it is as straightforward and interesting as the man himself.
Anna L. Pense
No longer looking
In response to the recent cross burning in Arroyo Grande, this truly is a sad commentary on your community.
My wife and I were considering moving to your town. We just spent two days earlier last week looking at homes and the Realtor was extremely helpful. Our interest in looking has turned around.
The burning act of a coward (or cowards) was bad enough, but the initial actions of the mayor and police chief say a lot of this community. Whoever set the fire can now say that not only was there the effort to scare away the girl and her family, but it had the added bonus of turning away folks looking to move to you community. I saw too much of this in the southern U.S. as a military officer in the early ’60s.
By the way, we are Anglo, but that really shouldn’t matter in Arroyo Grande — or does it?
Spare the details
Now that the Dystiny Myers murder case is back in the news, I respectfully request that you please spare us the details.
This child suffered a horrific death at the hands of some clearly sick people. Out of respect for her memory and the memories of her loved ones left behind, please exercise restraint when choosing which details of the trial you publish and let Dystiny rest in peace.
Do not let the disturbing acts of the accused become a part of Dystiny’s legacy, her family’s memories or the psyche of our community.
Good on Garth
As a former board member of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, I can’t say enough good things about Dave Garth.
The Firefighter’s Union president has picked the wrong fight. In my opinion, Dave is grossly underpaid. He has brought so much to the city: in additional business, environmental partnerships, community outreach, relationships. I really hate to see him go. He is a very young retiree with volumes of energy. The union has no idea who this man really is. I hope the community does.