Letters to the Editor (Aug. 24)

Thanks to Link Crew, and Community, for a Great Orientation
Thanks to Link Crew, and Community, for a Great Orientation

Editor,

This letter is written as a follow-up to the story “Frosh Get Linked Up” that appeared in your Aug. 19 edition. The article describes the annual ritual known as Freshman Orientation. Every year, a group of students known as “Link Crew” work diligently under the guidance of the ASB staff and Mr. Juan Robledo to plan and organize the Freshman Orientation. This year I had the privilege of heading up the 2006-07 Link Crew for incoming Freshmen.

The Freshman Orientation this year was a huge success as a result of the efforts of so many people. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the individual volunteers, many of whom took time away from their jobs to donate their time to our cause. We greatly appreciate your sacrifice. I would also like to thank Mr. Juan Robledo and all the student volunteers who worked so diligently, and gave of their time to help make this event such a huge success.

Lastly, as you can imagine, there are numerous costs associated with putting on such a large event, and this year was no exception. I would like to publicly thank the following corporate sponsors for contributing to this year’s event. Wells Fargo Bank, Bay Area Glass, Swank Farms, Hollister Elks Lodge, the Rotary Club of Hollister, McDonalds and Eagle Recycling. We greatly appreciate your support. We could not have done it without you.

Once again, I welcome all incoming freshmen. I challenge you to become involved, make new friends, have fun and make the most of your time at San Benito High School. You will not regret it.

Matt Morrison

2006-07 Link Crew Commissioner

Further Tips on Mountain Lions

Editor,

Anyone living anywhere in the South Bay area is living in mountain lion country. Because of the recent sightings in local parks and residential areas, news reports offer advice on how to keep ourselves from being attacked: Walk with another person, scream, make yourself look big, don’t run or crouch. I would like to add another essential “attack preventative” which may be helpful for hikers, bikers, joggers and those just out on their “evening constitutional” – a mini air horn that can be easily carried in your pocket. These are inexpensive and can be purchased at local retail stores.

An excellent source of tips on keeping mountain lions, deer, coyotes and wild turkeys away from your home, and advice on what to do if you encounter one of these wild animals can be found at the California Dept. of Fish and Game Web site: www.dfg.ca.gov/

keepmewild

Colleen Grzan

Animal Care Coordinator

W.E.R.C, the Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Center

P.O. Box 1105

Morgan Hill, CA 95038

Telephone: 408.779-WERC (9372)

Civilians Caught in the Horror of ‘Bomblet’ Weaponry

Editor,

On Aug. 19 I read an article in the New York Times newspaper entitled, “With Minefields at Home, War Isn’t Over for Lebanese.” The article described how numerous Lebanese children and other civilians have been injured and killed since returning to their homes by unexploded ‘bomblets.’ It is estimated that there are thousands of these ‘bomblets’ scattered around homes, schools, and fields. These are about the size of a battery. The news article described how three unlucky children were severely injured after one of them picked one up.

Israel acknowledged that it dropped cluster bombs during the monthlong war. The multipurpose cluster bombs like the ones fired in Lebanon release small bomblets in midair which are expected to explode on impact over a wide area. They are designed to penetrate thick armor as well as to kill and maim enemy soldiers within several yards. The bombs are especially dangerous to civilians because many of the bomblets fail to explode on impact. They lie unexploded on the ground. An expert said he considered these weapons more dangerous than antipersonnel mines because there is no way to determine where they may be located. Many of these cluster bombs are made by American contractors, according to the article.

Although these weapons are legal under the Geneva Conventions, various groups are campaigning to ban the weapons. Our good citizens decry the acts of terrorists which target innocent civilians. Doesn’t it seem hypocritical for our own corporations to supply weapons which indiscriminately injure and kill innocent civilians long after a war has ended? Will any of our good citizens let our leaders know whether they believe such weapons are unacceptable?

Nancy Kops,

Hollister

Sewage Plant Needs to

be More Than a Quick Fix

Editor,

On “The Past Haunts Hollister” Tracie Cone is right. Our sewer will only be fixed for 15 years. If you put a new roof on your home you would surely not buy one for 15 years.

Let’s make sure no more quick fix. At a tune of $132 million in 15 years or so. This has to be done for the people of Hollister, the young, middle-aged and the seniors.

Keep the development interest at bay.

Robert Gila,

Hollister

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