The Public Voice
Letters To The Editor 09.15.11
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Regarding the proposal/attempt to lure In-n-Out Burger to Marina: Would not the city be much better served by approaching the likes of Trader Joe’s? (“Squid Fry,” Sept. 8-14.) Not only Marina, but the communities of CSUMB, Castroville, Moss Landing and Salinas would jump at the chance to purchase great food without having to drive all the way to Monterey or Pacific Grove. Many more challenging and rewarding jobs would be made available and the overall health of the community would be greatly improved. The notion of yet another fast-food joint literally across the street from the Wellness Center is faulty at best. As Marina slowly expands (especially along Imjin Parkway) why not set the tone for the future and bring in positive, health-minded businesses rather than those that appeal to the baser, lazier aspects of human need? - Twobillionseconds | via Web
Check’s In the Mail
Well I can answer those questions (“Squid Fry,” Sept. 8-14). Send me a check for $40 million please. Never in the history of architecture and engineering has a steel-reinforced structure been brought down by fire? Did you see the planes? Big ones flew into the buildings. It was in all the news. Knocked off fire retardant… spread jet fuel which kicked off the largest office building fires in history. Fires which, by the way, were not fought. - Wheels | via Web
Squid Misses You
Wow… of all the crazy that’s come out of this paper in the years I’ve been reading it, this is the worst (“Squid Fry,” Sept. 8-14). This is so sad and disappointing. What idiocy. You know, you can almost always be certain that when someone brings up “the unanswered questions” the truth is the questions have been answered completely, exhaustively, and repeatedly, but conspiracy theorists are deaf to anything that doesn’t already confirm what they’ve chosen to believe. As Wheels posts above, your questions have been answered already, you just chose not to listen.
Here’s a very good article that answers a lot of questions, if you have the courage to read it: www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/11-09-07. After this though, I don’t know if I will ever bother to read the Weekly again. What a waste. - John Mount | via Web
The Good Fight
Well-reasoned and well-stated (“An Iraq War vet suggests: stop relying on empty symbolism and choose leaders wisely,” Sept. 8-14). I’ve never understood why any middle-class person, Republican or Democrat, would not support more taxation for the rich. You notice there’s no rhetoric from the top 5 percent about cutting jobs if their taxes go up. And since they’re not creating any jobs now, where is the barrier to entry? Tax’em, tax’em, tax’em. Personal tax rates are at historical lows, tax rates on money making money are even lower; the system is broken. We need to try something. A CNN analyst decried Warren Buffett’s invitation to tax him and his fellow billionaires more; she said taxing the super-rich would only raise $750 billion. ONLY $750 billion? To paraphrase Everett Dirksen, a trillion here, a trillion there… pretty soon you’re talking about real money. Tax the super-rich starting today and those earning $250,000 and above at 35 percent beginning in 2012. Pretty soon you’re talking about serious deficit reduction… and then the economy can really start to move.
The only reason I can imagine for 95 percent of the country not wanting to tax those in a tax bracket above them is fear. People fear that things will get worse if they tax the rich. Those people are right about one thing: things will get worse – a lot worse – if they don’t tax the rich. Because if they don’t tax the rich, guess where the money’s coming from? - wjahsman | via Web
It’s about time (“Desal Casualty Tally: Weeks Stepping Down from Water Resources Agency,” Sept. 8-14). But the irony is not lost that one engages in conflicts of interest and then gets a payoff. Now we will see him surface, no doubt shortly, as a “consultant” and he will be back at the public trough. - Nancy Wadley Keough | via Facebook