No solution at all
Contrary to David Scheeff’s contention that the Keystone XL pipeline is the “least bad solution” to our need for oil (letters, Nov. 14), there are solutions at hand that are much better than bad ones.
On Nov. 16, the Obama administration proposed strengthening fuel efficiency and pollution standards for passenger cars and trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, providing us with more fuel-efficient vehicle choices. By 2030, these standards would, in a single year, reduce our oil use by 23 billion gallons and cut carbon pollution by an amount equal to the annual emissions from 72 coal-fired power plants. In meeting these standards, more plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicles, powered by renewably generated electricity, would increasingly come to replace conventional cars, and Mr. Scheeff’s contention that green energy is not for motor fuels will become an increasingly moot point.
Keystone XL is the fuse on the carbon bomb buried in Canada’s tar sands. The notion that you can break an addiction by feeding and extending it is not a “least bad” solution; it’s no solution at all.
Director, Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club
I am concerned that information in the Nov. 17 “Senior News” regarding 2012 Medicare plans is misleading. The Anthem Blue Cross Medicare Advantage plans that will not be available in our county in 2012 are PPOs: Freedom Blue Plan 1 and Freedom Blue Classic. This does not affect other Anthem Blue Cross Medicare products such as their Supplemental (Medigap) policies or Prescription Drug (Part D) Plans.
Beneficiaries who are enrolled in nonrenewing Medicare Advantage plans have extended special enrollment periods beyond the open enrollment period ending on Dec. 7. The extended period to enroll in a Part D continues through the Feb. 29. There is also a special period of guaranteed issue for purchasing a Medigap policy that continues through next April.
HICAP registered counselor
A happy start
I just loved Suzanne Davis’ Viewpoint, “The wisdom of the young” (Nov. 1). What a delightful essay, beautifully written and so upbeat. Reading it helped me get my day off to a happy start.
San Luis Obispo
What of the victims?
Ronald, Ronald, Ronald, give me a break.
An alleged child molester, a man who was an assistant coach, was reported to Joe Paterno and all he did was report it up the chain. No follow-up? Didn’t he see that nothing had been done and Sandusky was still on the street?
What would you have done or what would any self-respecting adult have done? We would have found out why he was not in jail. Looks obvious what happened. Sandusky remained loose and Penn State worked to cover it up.
You know, must work to protect the university and the football program. What about the victims? Seems no one cared.
San Luis Obispo