Thursday, August 9, 2001
No Taste For Mice
Regarding "Big Mouse World" (What's Up Chuck?, July 26): It's disgusting--great thing for kids to see--more killing and in a torturous way. People! What sadistic things to dream up.
--Mrs. Nation, Carmel
Since I am an American citizen I want you to know Black Rock City is not my last hometown ("America's Other Last Hometown," Aug. 2). First, I can't understand with America's air so bad why anyone would create such a big fire and cause further pollution.
Second, with the infra-structure of America's schools so bad why anyone would waste so much time and money. I know a group of girls in the Carmel area who spend their free time entertaining senior citizens in a local convalescent home. Good for them. They will find peace and happiness. Ex-president Carter builds houses for the needy. Just think what 25,000 Burning Man people could do in one week for the schools, the needy, and seniors. How about adopting a classroom in our local schools?
Third, from what I read or hear the participants say they become creative and find happiness after Burning Man. Again I can't understand how going around circles of Burning Man will bring you happiness or make you creative. LSD-heads thought they were creative when seeing rainbows at night or falling off bridges watching a Pacific sunset. If the person does find happiness and creativity with this primal therapy, how long does the benefit last, or is it only partially and you have to keep coming back for your yearly booster shot? Now if you don't find happiness or creativity, my advice is to admit it and seek a good therapist or spiritual leader. If you are an adult and satisfied with yourself and would go for the education--go for it.
--Edward J. Stachowiak, M.D., Carmel
Decent Thing To Do
The way I see it, if my tax money goes to pay people poverty wages, then I'm making the problem worse. The living wage plan only makes sense. If city taxes pay for the job, then that job should pay a wage that keeps the worker above the poverty line. A living wage keeps people from needing public assistance money, lightening the tax load for all of us. It's also just the decent thing to do. Other cities and counties have passed living wage ordinances--it's time for the cities of Monterey County to do so, too.
--James L. Ford, Seaside
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