Letters to the Editor for Jan 16, 2003
Thursday, January 16, 2003
Praises to Sally Robbins, RN, and Angel Look, RN, nurses at CHOMP, for their professional work on behalf of nurses at their hospital [Labor Pains, Jan. 9-15]. A professional nurse promotes the professional status of his/her profession. It is for this reason that the California Nurses Association (CNA) is both a professional nurses organization and a nurses labor union.
CNA is highly respected by staff nurses throughout the state. Good luck in helping nurses have more of a voice and a "professionally negotiated" contract. The health and safety of all patients will surely benefit by these nurses exemplary efforts.
Willie Marshall, RN, MSN, PHN / Salinas
Intelligent Help: Hard to Find
Yesterday while I was working I read your article about Rodney Riggs and the Candy Factory [Squid Fry, Jan. 9-15]. I became incensed. Do you have any idea how severely all businesses have been affected by the downturn in the economy on Cannery Row? I see it.
When you suspected that you had received less than a pound of fudge why didn''t you go back to the store and discuss it with them as a responsible consumer so they could resolve the problem? Intelligent employees willing to make a little better than minimum wage in the Monterey area are next to impossible to hire.
My sales rep company has worked with Rodney for many years and he has always been fair and generous in his business dealings with me. His employees have been with him for years! Ask them how they feel about him.
Janice Varvell Babich/Monterey
Peas and Carrots: Deserve to Live
Jeff Middlebrook is lucky he''s not a factory-farmed pig but perhaps if he were one he would wish there was someone trying to better his conditions [Letters, Jan2-6]. Sure, everything eats everything but humans are crueler than nature because, at least in nature, animals are born free and each is given a gift that helps it survive. Factory animal farming has taken away that freedom, raising them in the most deplorable condition-conditions only Satan himself could dream up. Concerning plants, at least they had a life and anyone can, if they so desire, avoid eating plants that are killed and consume the offspring of plants whose lives are not taken.
In England they are using nitrogen to gas chickens and ducks. Nitrogen is very humane. The WWII pilots used to pass out from nitrogen and those that lived to tell said they didn''t even know what hit them. CO2 is very cruel because it produces breathlessness. Please call Foster Farms, KFC, Hormel, Oscermeyers [sic], etc. etc. and let them know your concern.
Clever Headlines: Cool but Evil
I read with interest the letter from David Horn, headlined "Another Jew for Jesus," [Letters, Jan. 9-15], although I strongly suspect that moniker was provided by the Weekly. I wrote the letter headlined "Get the Christ Out of Christmas," but the misleading and inflammatory title was provided by the editor. A more accurate title would have been "Dan, Get the Christ Out of City Hall," as my comments were directed against the religious overtones at a civic tree-lighting celebration, led by Monterey Mayor Dan Albert.
Similarly, Mr. Horn''s letter was not about "A Jew for Jesus," but rather an entreaty for tolerance, inclusiveness and using the opportunity at the celebration for sharing "good thoughts and feelings" of peace and goodwill. I say "Amen to that, brother."
I understand that clever or controversial titles can attract readership, but they can also do a disservice by misrepresenting the intent of the writer. I urge The Weekly to exercise more care entitling the letters they publish.