Good news means no news
I have noticed a marked lack of news about the Iraq war in many of our newspapers this last month. I have often heard the old adage, "No news is good news," but now I'm wondering if the reverse is true, that good news means no news for our left-wing press.
Law enforcement did a good job in North County
Regarding the "ICE storm" article (Sept. 6): Kudos to ICE and the Sheriff's Department. The article suggests that illegal immigrants are now living in fear. Good. They should live in fear.
Some people think that just because "they want to improve their lives," then they should be allowed to live here, regardless of whether they come legally. How about playing by the rules? Come here legally and you are welcome. Skirt the rules, risk being held accountable.
Oh, and for all you supporters of illegal immigration, don't forget to play the race and discrimination cards! That's one of the usual bogus tactics.
Thanks to law enforcement for the good work.
Why are you questioning the sheriff?
The article ("ICE storm," Sept. 6) had a very poor title, claiming the sheriff was sending chills throughout the North County Latino community. The only Latinos or any other people with reason to feel those chills were illegal immigrants, which are criminals, and convicted criminals in violation of the law. About 10 out of 40, or 25 percent, were criminal illegal immigrants deported. Most of the remaining 75 percent were convicted criminals being rearrested for violation of probation or parole from prison.
The article failed to state the number of Latinos arrested, so why is Mr. Blank questioning why the sheriff was not targeting hardened felons instead of petty criminals? Mr. Blank, 25 percent were deported as criminals, and most of the rest were convicted criminals. I fail to see a problem. Should we let them run free because they are Latino? I thank you, sheriff.
Business interests won't let us help Tibet
Dave Sweetland's commentary about Tibet ("Keep your eye on Tibet," Sept. 6) was good, but what he doesn't realize is that the United States won't help Tibet because we are way too deep in bed with China to say, "Get the hell out of Tibet and let them live in peace."
Plus, there is nothing we can exploit in Tibet. Saying we didn't go into Iraq for the oil is BS. Maybe we went into Afghanistan as a gesture after 9/11. I'm sure it wasn't for the heroin (or was it?). And the U.N. doesn't have the balls to help any country dealing with genocide all you have to do there is look at Africa!
Hell, if it wasn't for all the business we do with Taiwan, we'd probably let the Chinese run over them. I don't know the answer, but it seems to me that until we stop letting business determine who we help, there will continue to be wars and genocide.
The whole community should help Los Osos
Los Osos belongs to all of us. I don't live there, but I often chase my toddler through the Elfin Forest or stroll with my husband in the Sweet Springs Nature Preserve. I've cruised the estuary and I've sampled the best hamburgers in the county.
The delay of the sewer doesn't just harm our friends and neighbors who reside in Los Osos, but it also threatens our beautiful environment and our own experience of the Central Coast. I love living in this county. We are a small community let's find a way to just get it done already.
San Luis Obispo
I can't vote yes or no
As a Los Osos property owner, I just received my ballot that allows me to "participate in the process" and vote for/against the town's sewer assessment, the only description of which is the whopping $25k amount of my assessment. Let's not bother with details like where it will be built or the equally unimportant issue of how much the monthly bill will be, or whether additional assessments can be levied, etc.
This ballot sits on the table next to the letter received some months ago from the Regional Water Punishment Board threatening huge fines if I do not connect to a community water system by 2011, whether it exists or not. OK, so I changed the name of the board a bit. This name is more fitting since their primary interest is not water quality. Although scientists do not all agree that septic effluent is the main contributor to excessive nitrates in the bay, this board has decided to blame and punish homeowners for it. Don't get me wrong: A sewer system is a good idea. But when you connect words to it like violation, enforcement, fines ... well, I lose a bit of my enthusiasm.
So, in true democratic fashion, we are allowed to vote on whether to assess ourselves an incredible amount. And to help ensure the desired result, of course only those threatened are allowed to vote. Kind of like living in one of those wonderful little exotic countries where there is only one name on the ballot and you are escorted to the ballot box by that candidate's rather large "representative."
It is actually a rather difficult decision. I cannot vote YES on the merits of the sewer project because an undefined project at an unspecified location that may or may not solve the nitrate problem has no merits yet, only cost. And to vote NO brings up all those ugly words that the board seems oh so fond of. Fortunately, I had a moment of clarity that allowed me to decide by focusing on the most important issue the cold barrel of the gun against my ear.
Recalls are disastrous look at Los Osos
The citizens of Atascadero democratically voted Mike Brennler and Ellen Beraud on to the city council with their promise to uphold an open government policy. Now a small self interest group is trying to replace these council members via a recall election.
All you have to do is look at the Los Osos Community Services District to see how disastrous a recall election can be. A recall election will waste precious city dollars and attempt to undermine the openness of the current city council. The people of Atascadero need to ask the question: Who is really behind this recall and why? The campaign behind the recall is already spreading false allegations to support the cause.
We should unseat current supervisors
Ken Marks, Matt Kokkonen, and others of a similar self-righteous, messianic persuasion have applauded the County Board of Supervisors for ignoring the recommendation of the planning staff for a proposed viewshed protection ordinance for the north coast area. This ordinance would not have destroyed property rights, as Mr. Marks claims ("Don't like POPR? Grow up!" Sept. 6) and it most certainly would not have violated the constitution, as Mr. Kokkonen absurdly claimed in a recent letter to the SLO Tribune ("Supervisors' viewshed vote took gumption," Sept. 7). The proposed viewshed ordinance would have still allowed full use of the properties in question for the normally allowed agricultural uses of those properties.
The SLO Tribune correctly noted ("C'mon board, show some spine," Aug. 23) that, by choosing the greatly weakened viewshed ordinance instead of the recommendation of the planning staff, a disservice has been done to the entire county. The Tribune stated, "Let's hope a future Board does a better job of balancing property rights with the need to protect one of our key assets the scenic, uncluttered corridors that are becoming all too rare in Coastal California."
The unthinking, knee-jerk, rabidly pro-development stance of the Board of Supervisors majority does not serve our county well. Voters should actively work to help unseat the current crop of supervisors (Achadjian, Lenthall, Ovitt) who very much want to ignore the General Plan, sidestep good planning principles, and abandon environmental protection, all in the name of "property rights" and pure greed.
San Luis Obispo
Be careful what you wear in the air
It seems that "family airline" Southwest has decided that in order for passengers to fly on their torture chambers with wings, they must adhere to their dress policies and be subject to scrutiny and possible ejection by their crews. It might help Southwest's bottom line a great deal, however, by renting burkas to each of its female passengers. Will the males be next?
Continue to stand for peace
The situation in Iraq is looking worse every day, and peace seems to be further away than ever in the world. It breaks my heart! Now, more than ever, we must not give up. We must make a stand for peace in every way we can.
Our Women in Black Vigil for Peace has dwindled to only a few, but it has been very hot, and summers are always busy. I hope those who have stood with us in the past will continue to do so, and that others women and men will come join us. We have had several high school students coming regularly, which is awesome.
We are often standing in front of the bank instead of the Rite Aid corner because it is cooler. We still meet in Atascadero, on the corner of El Camino and Highway 41 (Morro Road) on the third Saturday of every month from noon to 1 p.m. When freeway construction makes it impossible to stand there, I will let everyone know about a new area. I thank all of you for "standing for peace." For information, call 438-3764.
The bomb's brutal leson
Every September, I recall that it's more than half a century (62 years) since I landed at Nagasaki with the 2nd Marine Division in the original occupation of Japan following World War II. This time every year, I have watched and listened to the light-hearted "peaceniks" and their light-headed, symbolism-without-substance of ringing bells, flying pigeons, floating candles, and sonorous chanting, and I recall again that peace is not a cause it is an effect.
In July 1945, my fellow 8th Marines and I returned to Saipan following the successful conclusion of the Battle of Okinawa. We were issued new equipment, and replacements joined each outfit in preparation for our coming amphibious assault on the home islands of Japan. We were informed we would land three Marine divisions and six Army divisions, perhaps abreast, with large reserves following us in. It was estimated that it would cost half a million casualties to subdue the Japanese homeland.
In August, the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, but the Japanese government refused to surrender. Three days later a second A-bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. The imperial Japanese government finally surrendered.
The 1941 sneak attack on Pearl Harbor "had awakened a sleeping giant." Not surprisingly, the atomic bomb was produced by a free people functioning in a free environment. Tyrants, beware: Free men are nature's pit bulls of liberty. The Japanese learned the hard way what tyrants of any generation should know: Never start a war with a free people you never know what they may invent.
The message is: Trust freedom. Remember, tyrants never learn. The restriction of freedom is the limitation of human choice, and choice is the fulcrum-point of the creative process in human affairs. Made in the image of our Creator, free men choose, create, and progress or die.