Small Sur

Another great column (“Local Spin: In Big Sur, some locals use shame as a means to correct bad behavior,” May 16-22). I agree that such behavior is atrocious; I’ve seen plenty of oblivious, selfish littering and despoiling of nature. However it’s worthwhile to point out one obvious inconsistency: Most people would rather use a real restroom as opposed to squatting uncomfortably on the side of the road.

That they don’t speaks not to their cluelessness and crudeness, but to the fact that Big Sur residents make sure there are no public facilities. But, I wouldn’t hold my breath. As with the wood fires on Carmel Beach, no great unwashed outsider public need apply to “their” bit of heaven, and making sure there aren’t facilities for those visitors certainly helps in that regard.Norm Morris | Salinas

Your title should read: “Five Straight days of amplified music will resonate throughout the majestic Big Sur redwoods disturbing the wildlife and its residents” (“Five straight days of music will resonate throughout the majestic Big Sur redwoods,” May 16-22). People live and come to Big Sur for its peace and tranquillity. Keep the concerts in the cities where they belong! Marcus Foster | Big Sur

Taking a Tour

Tourism has destroyed the quality of life for locals (“Monterey County tourism spending increases for the eighth year in a row,” posted May 14). Gordon Smith | via Facebook

Do we want to aggressively attract every Jane, Joe and Schmuck tourist or let the natural beauty attract those that want to come here to respect it? The approach seems all wrong to me. The economic benefit is for only a select few. Brian McCarthy | via Facebook

Just too many people visiting. We’re oversaturated! Ginger Essick | via Facebook

Age of Engagement

I’ve watched each generation of this country grow more immature with the passing decades. They need to raise the voting age to 21 (“County supervisors approve a resolution advocating to lower the voting age to 16,” posted May 15). Max Taylor | via Facebook

They don’t know what they want for dinner – how will they know who they should vote for? Jill Claudy | via Facebook

Democrats are desperate for voters. Joanna Konczal | via Facebook

I think it’s fascinating that if a 17-year-old commits a crime heinous enough, we’re willing to try them as an adult, but the moment one is willing to show the desire to become involved in the political process, everyone says they’re too young. Peter Sitterly | via Facebook

Can’t be any worse than the dinosaurs that vote now. It’s their future. Kelly Shaddox | via Facebook

Greener Thumbs

For years, most of Nina Patane’s clients (plaintiffs) and other participants in the ALBA program operated their own independent organic farming businesses (“Bad Week,” May 16-22). In 2018, more than a year after they stopped selling any of their crops through ALBA’s marketing program, they sued ALBA. They alleged ALBA had not paid them all amounts due from the sale of their crops, and this caused their businesses to fail. After months of work, ALBA proved that plaintiffs had been paid pursuant to the written contracts. In response, after four prior contrary complaints, Ms. Patane abandoned the written contracts and instead alleged for the first time that plaintiffs were “employees” of ALBA, not independent businesses.

It’s pure fiction. Seven years of contracts and conduct show the falsity. It’s a “sad week” for ALBA. They have not accomplished their mission of helping plaintiffs create successful independent businesses. Nor have they taught the corresponding lesson of accepting personal responsibility.

It’s a “Bad Week” for the agricultural industry, which now faces precedent which suggests the clear and unequivocal terms of their contracts can and will be disregarded and that the marketing companies can be sued as “employers” of the farmers whose products they sell. Such precedent threatens the industry which is the primary employer and source of revenue in this county. In this regard, we have all had a “Bad Week.” Paul Hart | Salinas

Editor’s note: Hart represents ALBA in the lawsuit filed by Patane’s clients.

Seeing Clearly

Why should it be up to the clients to normalize mental illness? It’s the neurotypicals’ job to unlearn ableism, not the victims of it (“Interim clients aim to normalize the struggle and success of living with mental illness,” May 9-15). Nicole Joyce | via Facebook

Better late than never (“A local nonprofit with a bold mission to end youth mental illness funds research, and brings researchers together,” May 9-15). Chris Caffrey | via Facebook

This is wonderful! Lisa Lassiter | via Facebook

Fighting and Living

And what about us civilians living in old military housing managed by The Parks? We have the same mold, rats, etc. but no one to advocate for us (“Jimmy Panetta introduces a bill aiming to improve military housing conditions,” May 16-22). Yvonne Martinez | via Facebook

That military housing is pretty nice. How about doing something for affordable housing for the rest of the community? Military housing is the responsibility of the Department of Defense. Rick Deal | via Facebook

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