Letters to the editor: Feb. 3, 2021

Peninsula Premier Admin

In favor of ATC hotel project

My husband and I retired to Pacific Grove many years ago. We were drawn to the city because it was safe, clean and provided a number of programs and services for seniors. We enjoy shopping downtown, playing tennis and strolling along the Rec Trail, but in recent years, we
have begun to see the wear and tear on our beautiful hometown. Fewer services for seniors and our city’s youth, empty storefronts and buildings in need of repair. We know our city has financial struggles, most cities do during these crazy times, but those cities are preparing for what comes next. The hotel project at the old American Tin Cannery is what’s next. The reports show revenue of over $3 million per year. That is revenue that will help fund services for people like us and people you. That is also revenue that supports our recreation department and our parks. Let’s take that old building and turn it into something that actually benefits all of us.
— Wendy and John Evans, Pacific Grove

 Narratives that inspire

Lisa Crawford Watson’s deeply moving narrative regarding CHOMP chaplain Chris Williams’ extraordinary contributions to the community filled my heart with hope and gratitude. The story offers valuable revelations regarding the power of compassion, attentive listening, loving-kindness, and understanding in serving those in need.  At a time when so many are suffering pain and loss, the value of Williams’ insights regarding the importance of enabling people to “uncover their strength” and “learn how much they’re loved” cannot be overstated.  Montage Health President/CEO Dr. Steven Parker’s observation that Williams “embodies humanity” each and every day underscores her way of being as a model of selfless service in the face of unyielding challenges.  By itself, this story offers an exemplar of journalism’s potential power to nurture healing and hope at a time when they are most needed.  But Crawford Watson’s contributions go well beyond this piece.  Starting with the publication of “Intentional Acts of Kindness” last May, she has gifted Monterey Herald readers with numerous stories revealing the profound difference acts of loving-kindness have the potential to make.   I’m grateful to Crawford Watson for her deeply moving narratives, and to the Herald for recognizing the importance of sharing them with us.

—  Dr.  Josina Makau, professor emerita, CSUMB 

Better vaccine system needed

We are now in the “Hunger Games” phase of vaccinating the populous. Rather than a government agency doing the work of collecting applications, assigning a priority, and then scheduling the injections, we in phase 1b must now constantly check to see if new dates have been set, and hope to stumble onto the opening within moments before appointments are all taken again. Because of the uncertainty of vaccine supply, this could go on for months.

There is a better way, and we need our health authorities to figure it out and get it organized.

— Eric Bernhard, Monterey

Exceeding expectations

In hotel-speak, “exceeding expectations” is a mantra for staff to follow to service their guests. In the case of the ATC Hotel Project, it seems to mean exceeding every Pacific Grove ordinance and Coastal Plan to build their project!

Exceeding height limits, exceeding removal of protected trees, exceeding traffic limits on roads, exceeding blockage of public viewsheds, exceeding disturbance of protected seals and birds, exceeding disturbance to residential neighborhoods, exceeding the lack of affordable accommodations and amenities, exceeding destruction of solid granite bedrock, exceeding lack of transparency and public awareness.

With so many excesses, what could possibly go wrong?

The time to speak up and be heard is now!

— Inge Lorentzen Daumer, Pacific Grove

Enlist the homeless and students

A recent issue of the Herald wisely brought up the problem of litter. It clearly needs ‘people power’ to address – it’s clogging our lands and oceans. It’s the people who are the source of the problem.  How many of us —  in spotless dresses, jeans and suits — are going to pick up garbage out in public?

I wonder if the homeless can be employed to help? Inmates do public service labor, so it can be done.

Students could consider creating a club to help the environment.

— Lisa Bryan, Carmel

Contributed by local news sources

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