I'll put my patriotism up against yours
Mr. Ruhge ("The media is the real enemy," Dec. 14), you, and others like you such as Mr. Page, are the real enemy. You would tear up the American way of life to suit your own opinions of what this great nation of ours should be. I'll put my patriotism up against yours any day, because I am tolerant of your voice, while you would not be tolerant of mine. Yes, I am a Democrat, and mostly liberal, and I don't like President Bush, for I feel he is squandering our army, which may soon very well be needed desperately elsewhere, but before you accuse me of hating America, ask what you have done for your country, because I know what service I have provided. William C. White
Nuclear story was dynamite
I wanted to thank you for that detailed update on what is happening in the "nuclear world" ("The Devil and the details," Dec. 7). I appreciate the work that must have gone into the researching of the article and enjoyed (if that is the correct word in this context) reading it. Good job.
Spent fuel has more to give
The Diablo Canyon article ("Teasing details from the devil") in the Dec. 14 issue of the Santa Maria Sun began with an admirably concise history of the installation but then degenerated into some misleading statements. For example, the rhetorical question, "What do you do with fuel after the reactor milks it dry?" implies there is no energy left in the spent fuel when in fact only the most economical five percent is used with present technology. The remaining 95 percent is unused because it emerges more slowly and becomes the cause of our long-term storage problem.
Spent fuel recycling is an effective way to make use of this resource, reduce its volume to only one percent to three percent of present volume (depending upon the method used), and shorten the storage requirement to a few hundred years. The quote from a single person describing a single method, which claims "It is a failed technology," contradicts reality. France, England, and Russia employ spent fuel reprocessing. France has done so for other countries at a profit.
In spite of the above, it was gratifying to see the article acknowledge "Diablo Canyon's sparkling performance and safety record."
Ed. note: A longer version of this story ran as "The Devil and the details" in the Dec. 7 New Times.
New Times is staffed by immoral bastards
After reading your insane op-ed ("Bad blood," Dec. 14), I felt it necessary to inform you that you suffer from the mental disorder known as liberalism. First of all, like most nutjob liars in the media, you leave out important facts and skew numbers to try to prove a ridiculous point. You try to imply that homosexuals are only responsible for a slightly higher number of AIDS infections than heterosexuals! But, what you conveniently left out was the fact that homosexuals make up only about 4 percent of the population! This is typical liberal spin!
Factually, we all know that AIDS is transmitted much easier and frequently through anal sex, and since homosexuals (males at least) aren't naturally set up or created to be the takers (that's why men don't have vaginas), they have to take it in the ass, which means they are much more likely to transmit the AIDS virus. Any sane individual would understand this and recognize the fact that homosexuals are far more likely to have AIDS-tainted blood! You see this as discrimination the rest of us sane people see it as a rational precaution!
People like you and the gay mafia are so selfish and entitled that you will not stop until you have more rights than heterosexuals. You won't be happy until you force our government to promote homosexuality, like they are already doing in some of our schools. Now, here's a little self test that you can take to show yourself how irrational and hypocritical you really are. Answer this question honestly, please! How would you feel and react if San Luis Obispo held a heterosexual pride parade or an Aryan pride parade? If you answer that you would have no problem with it, I believe you're lying! If you say that you would have a problem with either, then you would be a hypocrite, because I seriously doubt you have any problem with gay pride parades or with African-American or Hispanic pride parades, celebrations, or discriminatory graduations on our taxpayer financed communist re-education camps I mean college campuses! All of you at New Times are hypocrites of the highest order, immoral bastards who like to print instructions on how to make meth! Pathetic and sick!
Michael R. Larrea
Cambrians perpetuate renewable pollution
After many years, most of them on the North Coast, I have finally figured out how this county works. Take Cambria, for example: an idyllic community, far from the madding crowd, an expanse of pure ocean, its beauty accessible to all and what most engages the residents? Their fireplace. They sequester themselves in the evening in their large and small abodes (size has nothing to do with intelligence here) and stir up serious pollution for the evening.
Yet there is logic in this madness. The acid pollution from wood smoke kills trees. So all over Cambria, one hears the buzz of saws as dead trees are felled. The felled trees become instant fodder for the next round of fireplace use. What a system! Cambrians, and the county, have created a perpetuating cycle of renewable pollution. Not clever, not ethical, but certainly creative.
M. Power Giacoletti
The cost-benefit concept makes sense
As a resident of Los Osos, I am as anxious as are most of us regarding the sewer.
I look at it from a different angle. I want to see the Cost Benefit Analysis: What is this going to cost me today, tomorrow, and into the future?
With that in mind, I want to know the answers to the following questions:
1) Whatever system is in place, does it take advantage of alternative energy?
a. If I have to pay for it, at least make it cheaper to operate so the cost decreases over the years.
2) Does it recycle the water for irrigation or sprinkler (golf course?) use?
a. Again, looking for the cheaper alternative for the long term.
3) Does it reduce the salt intrusion in the groundwater table?
a. Who wants to have to conserve if there is an environmental way to make more water available and cleaner?
4) When are ALL residents hooking up to the system?
a. Getting rid of the prohibition line spreads out the cost to the entire community.
Now, with all that in mind, a couple of additional thoughts: Why do I have to drive into San Luis Obispo to find phosphate-free laundry detergent? If I have to pump my septic, it costs me more money. If I don't have to drive to get septic-friendly products, it would save me more.
And if we are able to get Morro Bay, CMC, Cuesta College, and other local communities to hook up to the sewer it would save me (and you) even more money.
If the bottom line for the developers, home owners, and retirees is cost saving and tourism, I am hoping we grab on to the cost-benefit concept. It just makes sense.
Iraq embassy seems to be a secret to us
The real reason Bush doesn't want to withdraw our troops from Iraq and the reason Iraqis want us to leave is seldom mentioned in the papers or on the news channels. Bush is building the world's largest embassy in Iraq and plans to have a permanent station in the heart of Baghdad. It has been under construction since 2004, and will cost at least $1 billion dollars when finished. Not surprisingly, this is seen by Iraqis as a permanent American (read: infidel) presence in their Islamic country, which will give the U.S. major control of Iraqi oil. Details and a picture of the site are available on the web at www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12319798/.
This can be no secret to the citizens of Baghdad, as the huge cranes at the site are probably visible throughout the entire city. It seems to be only a secret to U.S. citizens, who are financing it.
San Luis Obispo
Earth is our foundation
I've been an advocate for "saving the earth" for as long as I can remember, but after watching An Inconvenient Truth, I think I may become a fanatic. I would like our new Congress to focus first and foremost on making positive, immediate, and drastic changes regarding the issues of global warming. If we do not heal our earth, everything else becomes moot and irrelevant, really. I beseech our leaders to address these issues with zeal and an open mind. To refuse to back down when the opposition rises.
Those who oppose solutions to the very real threat we face with the advanced state of global warming are more dangerous than the terrorists we now fight. If we can spend billions of dollars to protect our freedom, what is our ability to survive as a human race worth? I think if common sense prevails, it is undeniably accurate to say that a threat larger and more deadly than terrorism is looming all around us literally. If this beautiful, life-sustaining planet on which we live dies due to our apathetic denial of the inconvenient truth silently screaming in our faces, what difference does anything else make?
My parents always taught me: In order to build a strong home, you must first build a strong foundation. Mother earth is our strong foundation. Please help me protect her and our survival as a human race. For more information on how you too can help, please log on to www.climatecrisis.org.
Monique St. Croix
Here's some wordplay for W
When Bush concedes to get us out of Iraq, I have the perfect name for the action. Going in, Bush called it "Shock and Awe." Leaving, he can call it something that fits his style of speech and is appropriate.
Shock and awe backwards: "Aw Shucks."
ExxonMobil needs to clean up its act
I want everyone to know that the White House is quietly relying on ExxonMobil to determine the American energy future. Bush's Energy Secretary has chosen former Exxon CEO Lee Raymond and the National Petroleum Council to lead an influential study on America's energy future.
Lee Raymond is the mastermind behind ExxonMobile's rogue position that global warming ISN'T a real threat and that renewable energy isn't a worthy investment! ExxonMobile should clean up its act. The Oil and Gas Study is supposed to examine the viability of alternative energy, such as wind, solar, and biomass something Lee Raymond and his cronies know little or nothing about and could care less. This is like putting PG&E in charge of getting rid of electricity. Read "Save Our Environment Action Center" for more information. Call the White House and give them your opinion.
Rachel M. Hervey