Monday's Letters to the Editor
Published: Monday, January 21, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 18, 2013 at 5:46 p.m.
EDITOR: The United States did not come into existence by accident or as a result of luck. Sonoma State lecturer Joshua Glasgow (“Some topics too close to home for SSU ethics center,” Thursday) begins his immigration theory with a fatal flaw — applying philosophy's so-called “luck argument.” It's not a valid philosophy.
People died and suffered to secure freedom and obtain the God-given rights that are the foundations of our nation.
The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were composed by writers who knew the brutal shortcomings of kingdoms and monarchies, such as the ones from which they fled in Europe.
More important, they understood the necessity of limited government and the maintenance of maximum independence for each of the citizens.
Business and commerce in the United States was formed knowing the value of a capitalist system, with incentives and rewards for work and success, plus a maximum of opportunity.
No one deserves to immigrate to the U.S. without a profound devotion to the founding principles of this noble nation. Luck and chance have nothing to do with it.
A nation of legal immigrants, our population includes citizens who want not only the rewards of these founding benefits but also are committed to continuing the historic national principles and to perpetuation of the Judo-Christian religion, a cornerstone of American identity, morality and standards.
THE REV. DAVID B. WHITE
Guns and mental health
EDITOR: Thanks to the National Rifle Association, I now know what needs to happen. We can respect the right to own guns. We just need to collect a substantial annual registration fee on each gun and heavy taxes on all ammunition. The money from the fees and taxes can go to local governments to run and develop community-based mental health programs. Then, I say, own all the guns you want and practice, practice, practice.
EDITOR: The plastic bag ban plan seems to have one very important element missing (“Plastic bag ban nears,” Jan. 13). That is the very real possibility of viral and bacteria transmission through the use of re-usable bags.
With a mandate to re-use bags, there will be a large population that will use just any bag, therefore contaminating the spot where my groceries are to be checked out. There is a large population that has immunity disorders or has had to take the harshest antibiotics, which lowers their resistance, making future infections harder to fight.
I believe, along with the Centers for Disease Control and many studies, that re-usable bags at a grocery store severely threaten my health, as I have had both of the above threats. I don't want your E. coli, staph, norovirus, etc.
At least get approval from the Department of Health, as they must have some power. I believe that the bag ban is a direct threat to my life and many others.
Chop's and teens
EDITOR: In response to Pete Golis' Jan. 13 column (“It's true: Demography is destiny”), I'd like to highlight what one organization is doing to augment educational struggles on a local level. As executive director of Chop's Teen Club, I want to make the community aware of our commitment to provide opportunities for teens to become workforce ready as a way to influence their success as students and community members.
We are becoming a leader in teen workforce development as we recognize that teens are indeed our future and providing them with skills necessary to find and keep a job is essential to the health of our community. We offer a well-rounded menu of programs, such as a work-ready certificate program in partnership with the Sonoma County Office of Education, culinary/catering and barista training, digital media programs, leadership and facilitator training, a teen tech workforce program and a career exploration website called jobsmadereal.com.
We are part of the collaborative efforts of Cradle to Career and are building partnerships with other organizations with the common goal of believing that teens are our future, and it is up to us as a community to help elevate them to be successful.