Letters to the Editor, Feb. 21, 2021

Peninsula Premier Admin

Pacific Grove’s quality of life

The proposed American Tin Cannery hotel in Pacific Grove is all about the future of quality of life in town. We need to fund the library services, public parks, the Museum of Natural History, roads, sewer system, and public safety. We need a full-service hotel where we can host local events for kids, families, seniors and civic clubs. I have a lot of faith that our great Mayor Bill Peake and City Council will be able to balance the needs of the people, trees and harbor seals.

The time has come for Pacific Grove to reap the benefits of the visitors just like its neighbors Monterey and Carmel. At 225 rooms in size, the hotel is relatively small for the 5-acre parcels that make up the combined area of the site. By comparison, the Clement/Intercontinental hotel on Cannery Row is a little over one acre in size.  The bigger the hotel, the fewer taxes we have to pay. It is all about jobs for our kids and grandkids. We need a decent size, upscale hotel to survive and deliver the municipal services that we want. I have a lot of sympathy for the few residents that reside nearby, but I remember when the property had 50 outlet stores, shops and restaurants. It attracted thousands of locals and visitors when the outlets were popular. The challenge is that the neighbors have enjoyed the peace and quiet since the outlets departed.

I want to thank the developer Bob Comstock for his interest in building this project, especially during this pandemic. We are very fortunate to do business with such a decent team.

— Moe Ammar, president of Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce

Trump’s policies were sound

For what it’s worth, I’ve decided ex-President Trump was attempting to do what he thought best for the business health of America.  No, he’s not a soothing and reassuring speaker like Obama was.  No, he’s not a paragon of morality like Carter was.  And no, he does not take criticism well.  But if you look at what he tried to accomplish, it begins to make sense.  For decades nations have economically taken advantage of America.  Some of it is understandable – America has more, so why not share the wealth, so to speak.  Offering favorable trade agreements for political allegiance makes sense as well.  But Canada had 300% tariffs on dairy and Mexico allowed thousands of its citizens to illegally enter the United States unimpeded.  Where does it stop?  Another hard fact – America already allows more immigration into our country than all other countries in the world combined. Secondly, China was allowed favorable trade agreements decades ago to entice them away from a communist economy toward a more globally interdependent model.

But trying to steer the Chinese toward a more fair and equitable arrangement once their economy was “globally interwoven” proved difficult.  Countries resist ferociously when attempts are made to move toward a more equitable arrangement after years of economic advantage.  Which also is understandable.  But in the final analysis, is just two super important points.  One, if the shoe was on the other foot, and China had the economy and resources that America has, do you understand they would use that advantage to ultimately overtake and subjugate America?   And lastly, if you naively think we can continue to survive in these unfair arrangements because, well, we are America, we have so much……etc, think again.

— Scott Reynolds, Pebble Beach

Science is not a one-way street

The article “Superspreaders behind COVID-19 conspiracies” took the position that only crazy people and conspiracy nuts blame China for the origins of COVID-19. And yet, there are many doctors in the field of virology who believe that the genomic sequence of SARS-CoV-2 was manmade in the Wuhan level 4 laboratory, not far from the first confirmed case.

So, why was the respected Chinese virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan and other medical professionals not named in the article? She was in China near the beginning of the pandemic and was assigned the job of investigating and researching the deadly coronavirus.

Yan was also the same virologist who sounded the alarm over COVID-19’s ability to be transmitted by human-to-human contact back in December of 2019. When she pointed out that fact, she was reprimanded.

Other doctors may disagree with Dr. Li-Meng Yan’s professional conclusions, especially doctors from China, but why should she and other medical professionals be ignored, censored or suppressed? Science is not a one-way street. To uncover truths, many differing opinions are needed to make more informed decisions.

— Lawrence Samuels, Carmel

Contributed by local news sources

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