Energy not magical
The Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan prompted a continual flow of letters condemning the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant as unsafe. No doubt there are risks intrinsic in nuclear-generated power — power produced in a comparatively clean manner, if we ignore the obvious for a moment. Other sources of power have well-characterized dangers ranging from climate change and environmental disasters for petroleum to damaging the natural setting when we install solar panels, which somehow extract less fear.
Many Americans don’t fret over the source of their power when they leave the lights on in an unoccupied room. Accustomed to cheap and convenient power, you’re unlikely to reflect on my father’s experience, and possibly that of your father. Mine was raised on a Kansas farm without electricity before FDR’s rural electrification. My grandmother still cooked over a wood-burning stove when I was a boy, and my father hadn’t used an indoor toilet before he joined the Army in 1941.
Today’s conveniences and this enabling power we enjoy and expect don’t magically issue from a genie’s lamp. So rather than condemn, let’s seek solutions to the issues intrinsic in all sources of power. And maybe we should begin with finding a way to safely dispose of all that nuclear waste; of course, not in your backyard.
Support for OCSD
I’m responding to The Tribune articles of Feb. 22 and 24 regarding Oceano Community Services District board meetings.
Since becoming interim manager, Tom Geaslen and the board have done and are continuing to do an outstanding job of bringing financial accountability, management and integrity back from the brink of destruction of recent years.
I have to wonder what the motivation and agenda (s) are of those who live outside Oceano and try to create mayhem within our small town. It’s obvious to me they aren’t representing Oceano’s interests. Instead of presenting their concerns and offering to work together to arrive at constructive solutions at the board meetings or in a letter, it appears to me that they chose to seek media attention and consult with an attorney instead; circumventing the board and district altogether.
I have no problem with anyone addressing wrongdoing and noncompliance with established protocol, as long as it is done properly, ethically and respectfully. I’m very proud of the quick action the board has taken to rectify these recent allegations and their desire to do the right thing. This affirms my support for the work OCSD and its board is trying to accomplish.
Seniors not geezers
Suzanne Davis and her friends may want to laugh at themselves as geezers and say people become bird-brained once they retire, but don’t paint all seniors with that brush. I agree with Rochelle Reed Smith’s letter: Those of us still teaching, learning and involved in our communities think that these generalizations are not only harmful, they’re just plain stupid.
Unfriendly to dogs
Harry Truman once said that if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. My good friend mentioned the other day his only real friend is his dog. Phil Dirkx echoes the same in his Feb. 24 column.
But, you have letter writer Cody Gates (letters, Feb. 16), who supports San Luis Obispo’s proposed ordinance on menacing and aggressive dogs. Last week, I was kicked out of a hotel for sneaking my dog in the back door. I cannot leave my dog unattended downtown when all I want is a cup of coffee, but of course the dog can’t go there either. Even tied up, I’m going to get cited for leaving my dog by a bench, as if he could attack someone all tied up. While my dog is roaming a park, the only dog there, city workers stop and order me to leash him.
Man’s best friend? I’d say that is debatable.
San Luis Obispo
Lives thrown away
I am incredibly saddened at the loss of American lives in the Middle East in our efforts to sow seeds of freedom and democracy there. It seems now that U.S. military personnel have burned a “pile” of Qurans on a base in Afghanistan, we have lost the war to win the hearts of the common people across the Middle East.
This one senseless act of disrespect has made so many American lives lost in vain. How could our military ever let such a thoughtless act occur? How could we not have foreseen that such disrespect to their holy scripture would result in such chaos and make even our friends there turn against us? Was this an intentional act of disrespect or were our military officials just mindlessly “taking out the trash”? How many American lives did we throw away with it?