Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 9/21

Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to promote peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in 1982.

In 2002, the General Assembly officially declared Sept. 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace. In doing so, the United Nations suggested that:

“Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.”

Since its inception, Peace Day has grown to include millions of people worldwide. Events range from private gatherings to public concerts and forums where thousands of people participate.

We are all encouraged to take a minute of silence at noon today in support of the International Day of Peace. During that minute, please visualize a world of peace and justice enjoyed by all who share our beautiful planet.

Mothers for Peace is adding photo displays for the International Day of Peace on the organization’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mothers-for-Peace/183225733141.

Liz Apfelberg

Spokeswoman, San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace

Veterans ride

Once again the Ride to Recovery Program is set to come to town. On Oct. 5, a group of 200 or so injured Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans will be cycling through San Luis Obispo County as part of their physical and mental rehabilitation.

The people of San Luis Obispo County will have an opportunity to say thank you to those who have served our country well and have been injured in the process.

At about 1:30 p.m. the veterans will be leaving the Rabobank parking lot on Santa Rosa Street in San Luis Obispo and head downtown. Please join the Cal Poly ROTC in front of the county courthouse on Monterey or along Higuera to cheer for the veterans as they ride their bikes through downtown.

It is an opportunity to say “Thank you” for their outstanding service to our country. For more information, visit ride2recovery.com.

Jim DeCecco

Pismo Beach

Immoral invasion

Missing completely and inexplicably from the dramatic and heartbreaking 10-year memorials of Sept. 11 on each and every American TV channel’s news and special programs was an obvious comparison.

The wantonly immoral attack on America by al-Qaeda terrorists crashing into the the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon savagely killed nearly 3,000 completely innocent men, women and children.

The recklessly immoral invasion of Iraq in March of 2003 by President George W. Bush’s administration (in “retaliation”) seeking nonexistent “weapons of mass destruction” has brutally killed between 100,000 and 150,000 completely innocent men, women and children (and sadly, we’re still counting).

What’s the difference? In the eyes of most of the world’s people, nothing at all. Except that more than 30 innocent Iraqi civilians have been killed for each innocent American civilian that was killed on Sept. 11.

Murder is murder. Brutality is brutality. Inhumanity is inhumanity. Do you really wonder why our United States of America is hated by so many?

D. Duane Wall II