Thursday, November 24, 2005
Making It Good
I’m enjoying your latest issue on “Green Money” [Nov. 17-23]. I’ve reached the page regarding investments, however, and I was very disappointed that you didn’t choose my favorite green investment as your example: Winslow Green Growth Fund.
It seems to be a common misconception that green investments do not produce returns as favorable as, say, Halliburton & Kerr McGee stocks, but that’s just not true. Winslow’s average annual total returns have far outpaced the S&P 500 Index. “The Green Money Journal” Web site is an excellent resource for finding out about other investments that make it truly possible to do well by doing good.
Mary J. Wilson | Seaside
Our Supervisors approval of Butterfly Village negated the vote on Measure C. Perhaps this was a feeble attempt to influence the outcome of the election. It appears typical of the way they have reacted when it comes to dealing with Rancho San Juan. But surprise—70 percent of the voters voted no on Measure C. These are the same voters that are concerned about life and their environment, especially when it comes to land use and water.
Monterey County faces a very real and serious water shortage. We have no outside resources for water. I believe the general public will continue to oppose any major development within the county, including Butterfly Village, until such time that water availability can be guaranteed.
The defeat of Measure C should be a wake-up call to our Supervisors to start scaling back their uncontrolled passion for the developer. Perhaps they could even start de-selecting potential large growth development areas from the proposed county general plan and concentrate on creating truly affordable housing within existing development and housing areas.
Considering the 2008 general election, I would rather vote for the Reform Party candidates, if they run Wesley Clark and Colin Powell, rather than the Republican Party candidates, if they run John McCain and Jeb Bush.
Bruce A. Perr | Marina
Former National Co-Chairperson of The Republican Party
Happy Tofurkey Day
This Thanksgiving, President Bush will pardon a turkey as a promotional gimmick for the turkey industry. This Thanksgiving, each of us has the same power to pardon a turkey, but as an act of kindness, compassion, and giving thanks for life, health, and happiness.
The 300 million turkeys abused and slaughtered in the US each year have nothing to give thanks for. They breathe toxic fumes in crowded sheds. Their beaks and toes are severed. At the slaughterhouse, workers cut their throats, and dump them into boiling water, sometimes still conscious.
The turkeys do get their revenge. Their flesh is laced with cholesterol and saturated fats that elevate the risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
This Thanksgiving, I will be joining millions of other Americans in observing this joyful family holiday with nonviolent delicious products of the harvest: vegetables, fruits, and grains. An Internet search on vegetarian Thanksgiving will provide more mail-order items and recipes than I’ll ever need.
Stanley Krauss | Seaside