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Profound thanks

I want to commend and thank the outstanding members of our local fire department who responded to the scene of my auto accident on Jan. 3. There was not just one but two teams of the department answering the call for assistance. Not only were they responding to my immediate needs, but they also extended comfort and support while I was being extricated from my overturned vehicle.

They are always ready to assist all members of our community in order to save lives and property. I also want to thank the young man who jumped through the broken window of McDonald’s to give me words of comfort.

Again, my profound thanks to the SLO Fire Department and rescue/medical team.

Verna Gladstone

San Luis Obispo

Worse than Carter

The crybaby liberal who castigated Ralph Bush for daring to express his opinion of Barack Obama’s performance in office (letters, Jan. 3) is a precursor of what we will be hearing all year from the Democrats. Every criticism will contain a liberal catchphrase, and anyone who criticizes Obama’s miserable failure as apresident will be called a “racist” and branded a “bigot.”

They’ll play the “race card” for all it’s worth. Obama cannot possibly hope to be re-elected based on his record of accomplishments. His only hope is for the Democrats’ billion-dollar Super PAC slime machine financed by labor unions to sling enough slime, disinformation, propaganda and outright lies about his opponents to skew the facts and cloud voters’ eyes.

Obama is an even worse president than Jimmy Carter and has done even more damage to our country’s economy. For any of you who remember the ’70s, that’s saying a lot.

R.L. Hyde

Morro Bay

Reusable bag cons

A simple Internet search should have revealed to Professor Michael Latner that I am not, in fact, a tobacco lobbyist. (“Would the real parasites please stand up,” Jan. 12.) And my organization, the Center for Consumer Freedom, is not behind the group called “Environmental Safety Alliance.” I hope he imparts higher research standards to his students.

That said, the Center for Consumer Freedom has pointed to the unintended consequences of plastic bag bans, such as the one approved in San Luis Obispo County. Such bans lead to the increase in prevalence of reusable bags, and testing we commissioned last winter discovered that some reusable shopping bags contained lead levels above what is allowable by many state laws — including California. (Some bags were nearly seven times over the limit.)

Additionally, a Wall Street Journal report found that a reusable bag has a carbon footprint 28 times higher than that of a plastic bag.

Rick Berman

Executive director, Center for Consumer Freedom, Washington, D.C.