Saturday, June 25, 2016     Volume: 30, Issue: 48
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An obvious solution to gun violence

Gary Wechter - Arroyo Grande -

I’d like to thank Jim Mallon for his well written, common sense commentary regarding the ongoing gun control debate (“The real threat,” June 16). I also found myself agreeing with both Dan Dow’s comments reported in the Shredder as well as the Shredder’s proposed solution (“Guns for everybody”).

I believe Dan Dow is correct in his contention that rather than focusing on guns as the root cause of gun violence we, instead, come to terms with the fact that “PEOPLE are and must be held responsible for their actions!” Responsible gun owners should not have their rights infringed upon due to the misdeeds of criminals, terrorists, and the mentally unstable.

I also agree with the Shredder’s desire to amend the Constitution to achieve “a more stringent screening process to obtain a gun, and a training, licensing, and registration program.” Shredder continues, “It’s such an obvious solution it’s ridiculous.” So I believe in the value of “the law” to civil society and if we, as a society, wish to change the law, we should do so. The only problem, as I see it, is that only a minority of Americans want to mess with the Second Amendment. If that were the case, you’d have to wonder why this “obvious solution” has so far made no progress.

The American people, for whatever their reasons, don’t want to limit their “rights” to gun ownership and no amount of confrontation or ridicule is likely to change their minds. So beat your heads against the wall if you must, but when you return to your senses why not join with responsible gun owners to work on creative solutions to reduce all types of gun violence. Wouldn’t that be a more worthwhile undertaking?


We need temporary workers

William L. Seavey - Cambria -

Donald Trump is so wrong about the need to wall out potential illegals from Mexico, or deport those already here (unless convicted of crimes). Camillia Lanham’s article “No Vacancy” (June 16) makes that abundantly clear.

The problem isn’t that there are too many Mexicans in this country, it is that there are probably too few—especially in agricultural areas like California’s which have seem a drastic drop in workers, endangering our local food supplies/suppliers.

The H-2A guest worker program is vital, and people opposed to housing these workers are simply totally wrongheaded. 

It’s interesting that Lanham points out that Castaneda and Sons, hirer of guest workers, hasn’t had even one local person apply for a harvesting job since 1991. Presumably, this includes even Mexicans living here (legal or illegal) who have gone off to find better paying work, and of course Caucasian workers.

I was incensed when I read about NIMBYists burning down the already-in-progress worker housing in Nipomo. This amounts to an act of local terrorism!

I’ve worked with Mexicans for years in a variety of situations and never had an issue with any of them. They are hard and sincere workers. They helped me build a house in a resort in the northern Baja and were happy to get paid the local rate of $15 a day! 

A whole family, from ages 5 to 55, contributed to the effort. I’d hire them again in a heartbeat.

Then there’s Canada, which four out of 10 Trumpites (according to a Bloomberg poll this year) would like to wall off on the 49th parallel. Preposterous!

If anything, we need to make our northern border less restrictive—crossings by tourists have been getting downright unpleasant. And we make it hard on Canadians, like Mexicans, who just want to work here temporarily.


New feminism is news

Todd Katz - San Luis Obispo -

Thank you for publishing the inspiring article “New Feminism” by Rebecca Rose (June 9) showcasing the twists and turns of one woman’s tangled struggle to control how people comment on her hairstyle choices before, during, and after the quick cut. It certainly is a new feminism when women hope their partner’s go-to comment on aspects of their appearance is, “Why would I care about that?”

Off the top of my head here are a couple of suggestions for future New Feminism topics: “Why I show so much of me anywhere, anytime.” “Why do men look at me?” “Why don’t men stop looking at me?” “I’m bi- … why can’t everyone see that?” “I hate seeing people wonder about my sexual orientation.” “Why you should never discuss your hairstyle with your mother.” And the classic “Cosmopolitan ... it’s not about sex; it’s about good writing.”

Hey, at least I read it!


Be more considerate, letter writers

Isaac Wollman - San Luis Obispo -

Many people published in New Times tend to denounce our freedom and get on us law-abiding citizens about the right to keep and bear arms. The California state Legislature is at it again trying to remove guns from law-abiding citizens. Also, a couple of months ago Robert C. Cuddy called Wayne Lapierre a demagogue and a sociopath in his commentary (“Do it Today,” May 26). He is neither one. The point is that the more legislation you put on firearms, the more black market distribution of them will exist. Prohibition does not work similarly to the ban on all drugs. That is why we need to dismantle the DEA as well.

Please consider what you write before publishing it.