Letters to the Editor

Woods needs to shine a light on Bush

The pen is mightier than the sword,

and what columnist shows that more than Kate Woods? Her writing
provokes thought … and that is a good thing. She invites a person
to look further into our country’s administration because we live
in such dangerous times, and at the same time our own president is
breaking the law by wiretapping innocent Americans.
If Congress doesn’t hold him accountable then who will? Both
sides of the aisle are very nervous about this problem and feel the
president is on a fishing expedition. The law already offers the
president the flexibility to wiretap suspected terrorists
immediately and get a court order up to three days later.
Kate’s satirical humor about the president and his latest deeds
inform us of very serious situations that need addressing in this
country. I always look forward to reading her column.
Lorrie Morrison
Hollister
Woods needs to shine a light on Bush

“The pen is mightier than the sword,” and what columnist shows that more than Kate Woods? Her writing provokes thought … and that is a good thing. She invites a person to look further into our country’s administration because we live in such dangerous times, and at the same time our own president is breaking the law by wiretapping innocent Americans.

If Congress doesn’t hold him accountable then who will? Both sides of the aisle are very nervous about this problem and feel the president is on a fishing expedition. The law already offers the president the flexibility to wiretap suspected terrorists immediately and get a court order up to three days later.

Kate’s satirical humor about the president and his latest deeds inform us of very serious situations that need addressing in this country. I always look forward to reading her column.

Lorrie Morrison

Hollister

Females ought not to be in the ring

I once knew a midget wrestler who held a triplicate of championship belts that included a world title and if he were a male boxer he too would be a multi-millionaire and most likely on the cover of Wheaties boxes everywhere. My point is, he’s not, and neither is “The Road Warrior” of Hollister, Kelsey Jeffries (Pinnacle Sports, Jan. 22).

The closest a woman should be to a boxing ring, is holding up a little sign between rounds to let all the drunks know how much drinking time is left. There are some places that women just do not belong and the boxing ring is one of them. Don’t get me wrong, I admire any woman who made it in their field by overcoming the same obstacles and the same standards as the men in those fields.

Boxing is as equal a sport as you can get. Two men approximately the same age with approximately the same weight, reach, speed, strength and skill enter the ring and after 12 rounds or less one is determined to be better than the other. That is an exciting sport. I would pay to see that.

Now take Miss Jeffries and put her up against her equal in every category. Do you want to see either woman knocked out? What about their nose broke? How about seeing how many more rounds she can last with that cut over her left eye? I’m sorry, but you couldn’t even pay me to sit through that. And that is why as a champ she gets $10,000 and Johnny Tapia gets $10 million.

Americans don’t want to see their little girls get bloodied, they don’t want to see their young women returning from combat missing a leg and they don’t want to see their mothers shot dead for stopping a speeding motorist. It’s not right or wrong it just is.

Ron Silva

Online Pinnacle Reader

Newark

A cancer survivor urges education

Thank you for the story on the increasing number of newly diagnosed cases of Melanoma. The true message the story missed is if you have skin you need to monitor it for changes.

In November I was diagnosed with Melanoma. I meet none of the usual statistics for getting Melanoma. My story ended well. I was referred to the Melanoma Clinic at Stanford where I had a second surgery to widen the margin around the original tumor site, a lymph node removed and a skin graft to cover the 3 inch diameter wound left on my leg. Nine weeks after surgery my wound is healing nicely. My biopsies all came back negative. I was lucky the Cancer had not spread, but I will be followed by the Melanoma Clinic at Stanford probably for the rest of my life.

If you have skin and we all do. Do yourself a favor and learn how to recognize what looks normal and what is abnormal. If you’re not sure ask your doctor. It could save your life!

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. My hope is The Pinnacle will take the opportunity to educate the public on this potentially deadly disease.

By the way, if you know me, you now know a Melanoma Cancer survivor.

It’s a good life!

Lori Uhl McClelland

Hollister

Appreciates BLM story

Thank you Kate for shedding some light on the dog and pony show that BLM has been mismanaging for the past thirty years. Good job with your research and resulting story.

Since December of 2004 I have worked four volunteer projects with BLM in the Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA), three-fence construction and one resource management project and only on one of those days were CNPS members involved. I can¹t speak for other projects that I was unable to attend but I think it should be noted that members of the OHV community (dirt bikers, motoheads or whatever you want to call us) have logged many hours constructing fences and reconstructing tails in an attempt to protect the natural resources in the CCMA from stray OHV’s.

The BLM has a huge task ahead of them and I question their ability to adequately manage the area. Hopefully the new blood in this office will be able to use science instead of personal agenda to manage the area.

I am not holding my breath.

Thank you for writing about this subject.

David Tharp

Los Gatos

Administration abhors hindsight

Hindsight is a word that is very disliked by the nation’s leadership, with good reason. The 9/11 terrorist attack could have and should have been prevented, giving our war on terror a different, more successful aspect from the start.

The Iraq mess should not be part of our national effort. We should have a positive program in place to pay off the national debt in 20 years. Zero deficits in place of record ones. A Medicare prescription drug program designed specifically to help people would be fiscally sound and still allow the drug companies to make a healthy profit. As a citizen who loves our land of the free and home of the brave, I think the nation would be much better off without the arrogance and ignorance that has been the cornerstone for the leaders who dislike hindsight so much.

Frank Crosby

Morgan Hill

Buy less and enjoy more

I think most of the points made in your Editorial of Feb 5 are essentially correct, but “How’s the Economy Treating You” serves only to generate self pity. Is that good? Some insights into possible solutions or at least to shed light on what causes the problems would be better, besides just bashing Mr. Bush.

Here is one thought. A basic problem is excess – the pervasive influence of advertising, and entertainment and our constant drive for growth. Their overemphasis on sex, pleasure and consumption fosters excessive desires and expectations. This entices too many to squander their earnings on these fleeting gratifications and to just live for the present. And it leads to dissatisfaction and unhappiness, particularly when problems arise, as they always will.

Too many other consequences of our unrelenting drive for more, bigger and supposedly better afflict us to enumerate here, but think about it!

John Blake

Hollister

Kate’s priceless

Many of us are very grateful to Kate Woods. What courage it takes to express one’s real feelings toward wrongdoing. What wisdom it takes to be able to see the lies, deception and Orwellian talk that have been going on. She has a great sense of humor, an asset that enriches our spirits. There is a lot to be angry about. Look at the majority of the (San Benito County) Board of Supervisors condemning our district attorney without letting information be thoroughly analyzed and fairly presented. Let John Sarsfield do the job we elected him to instead of all this grandstanding and conniving politics. Another grave upset is the harm the U.S. Administration is causing many of us citizens as well as all over the world. Freedom of speech enables people to hear the other sides of these complex problems – it’s not unpatriotic, but true patriotism. Kate and the likes of her, including Hollister in Black and other protesters of the current policies, need to be heard and seen. Only then can justice overrule corruption. Ms. Woods is a breath of fresh air and source of vital reporting at this time of human and environmental destruction everywhere. It’s most important for us to become wiser and act as such, before it’s too late.

Jeanette Langstaff

Hollister

Razorbacks alive and well

In response to the article written in the sports called “Hollister’s loss, Gilroy’s gain.” First off, to set the record straight, the Hollister Razorbacks are alive and well. David Salcedo a former Baler who was a two-time CCS section champion runs the program and is doing an excellent job. There are over 70 wrestlers in the Razorbacks, which was started by John Kieswetter who has influenced many wrestlers in the Hollister area. John was my high school coach and was instrumental in instilling in me the love for the sport, which got me into coaching. We have a good working relationship with Hollister wrestling and wish them the best of luck.

Mike Koester

Hollister

Keeping up with Joneses? No thanks

Or

Snarling extremists should grow up

In response to the letter by Reba Jones (Pinnacle Letters, Feb. 12, 2006), I wanted to thank you again for proving my point. Once again, when the spotlight is upon you (the extremist fringe), that’s when the name calling and finger pointing starts.

I’m well aware that our court system is open to the public, and with all it’s shortcomings, and its ability to be abused, is still one of the finest systems on the planet. In the original article of The Pinnacle News, you had stated you were at the divorce hearing because you were interested in how the system operates, yet in your response letter you stated you were there in support of Mr. Zapata. Reba, in the future, please pick a story and stick with it.

News Flash: Reba, prior to writing my letter, and to this day, I had never met with or spoken to Mrs. Zapata. My only knowledge of Mrs. Zapata was that she was a key figure in the San Benito County Republican organization that was being hammered by the extremist fringe of local GOP party members. I know Mrs. Zapata and I probably have extreme differences in our political views, but I also consider myself someone with some compassion for people dealing with difficult times regardless of their politics. I honestly think it’s time you and your husband grew up and started acting like responsible adults.

Chris Kluga

Hollister

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