Love your body
How timely that Linda Lewis Griffith’s article on girls’ self-esteem should appear the same week as the NOW Foundation Love Your Body Day! The National Organization for Women recognizes that the struggles girls and women face — in a world dominated by demands that women conform to a patriarchal view of what is beautiful — damage our self-image and self-esteem and further perpetuate the false idea that one cannot be happy unless one fits an idealized vision of “woman.”
By promoting positive images of women, the NOW Foundation hopes to educate girls and young women to overcome these demands and take an active role in changing society’s “beauty culture.”
Thank you, Linda, for pointing out ways to combat this destructive pattern. For more information on Love your Body Day and the work of the NOW Foundation, visit www.nowfoundation.org.
San Luis Obispo
It is said that, in the professional world of business and politics, individuals rise to their level of incompetence (“The Peter Principle”). The symptom of incompetence is that the individual does not rise to the demands of the new job, but continues to do the things that got him/her the job in the first place.
President Obama’s rise to the White House followed a campaign of blaming and bashing President Bush and Republicans for all that is wrong in America. He has continued to do that through nearly three years in office even though the presidency demands leadership, not more campaign rhetoric.
Nowadays, not even Democrats talk of presidential leadership, yet everyone acknowledges that his traveling speeches blaming and bashing Republicans is nothing but more campaign rhetoric.
The leadership void is not a joke.
Pay now or later
The piece by Mr. Peschong (Oct. 23) states that plastic bags are being recycled because these are reused to pick up after the pets. But Mr. Peschong forgets that after this use, they are tossed into the trash bin, which is taken to the city dump. All these plastic bags do not biodegrade and end up in the wrong places, harming all kinds of life.
This erroneous logic is seen throughout all the arguments presented to oppose the ban. It is clear this opposition is based upon fixed ideology, even though he claims to be a champion of recycling.
There is a well-known edict of ignoring science and usurping it by economy, either pay now or later.
It is possible, if we continue on this path of disposable consumerism, that we may not be here on this planet very long.
Brahama D. Sharma
Control your speed
Since the recent accident near Hearst Castle, I have seen several letters regarding people driving too fast, too slow, or passing on Highway 1.
A while back I was on my way home to Cayucos from San Luis Obispo at about 5 p.m. After passing the 65 mph sign on Highway 1 just north of Cal Poly, I decided to conduct an experiment. I set my cruise control at 65 mph and, starting at the traffic light at CMC, I began counting the cars that passed me, and those that I passed.
From that point to Highway 41 in Morro Bay, a distance of less than 10 miles and where the speed limit drops to 55, I was passed by 18 cars. The number of cars I passed was zero. Several vehicles kept pace with me during that stint, but we were all doing the speed limit, and I never had to pass any for going too slowly.
Maybe the answer is for all of us to set our cruise controls for the speed limit when driving our local highways.
Adrian M. Hurtado
Taxed out of home
It would appear that D. Duane Wall II (letters, Oct. 26) would prefer to see elderly people taxed out of the homes they have worked all their lives for. This is what was happening in California before Prop. 13 was enacted. It also appears that he knows very little about the educational system currently in place in California. Throwing more money at the problem is not the answer.
Perhaps instead of wanting to raise taxes, Mr. Wall could volunteer at a local school or make what he feels is an appropriate monetary contribution. Or does he just feel that everyone else should pay more?