Praise for COVID essay
Thank you, Steve Lisowski, for your heartbreakingly brave chronicle of someone suffering from COVID-19 in Sunday’s Herald. Not only are your daily efforts to be commended and appreciated, the stark realism of the ramifications of not being vaccinated are harshly reminding us of the suffering not only the patient, but the family endures. It is mind-boggling that those who remain unconvinced of the benefits of being vaccinated continue to endanger themselves but all those around them. Whatever happened to the mindset that what benefits one benefits all? Have we become so jaded and suspicious that we only believe our “tribe?” My sincere hope is that your bravery and honesty in publishing this convinces at least one of the non-believers. If so, you have prevailed and saved lives. And kudos to SVMH for having you represent the very best in nursing care. They are fortunate to have you.
— Linda Deutsch, Carmel
District has gone above and beyond
I read with appreciation and sadness Principal Thomas Newton’s guest column regarding the latest obstacle to completing the athletic venues at Monterey High School. We live next to Seaside High School and Soper Field in Seaside. Both facilities use amplified sound and artificial lighting for sporting events — something we knew before we purchased our home and something we’ve come to enjoy as members of our community. These activities give our neighborhood a sense of place and connection.
After over a year of silence due to COVID, it was a joy to hear the happy (and occasional) sounds of youth sports again last spring. And how moving it will be to hear the Spartans’ graduation ceremony when the celebration hopefully returns to campus in 2022.
MPUSD has gone above and beyond to accommodate the concerns of a small group of Monterey residents, offering many more concessions than we have, or need, in Seaside. Rather than spending money on lawsuits that take resources away from students, members of “Preserving the Peace” can purchase acoustic window inserts for their homes. As Principal Newton wrote, “The strongest communities take care of their youth.” Our kids and our community deserve better.
— Jennifer Fletcher, Seaside
Texas or California?
I was born in Texas. I’m embarrassed. I know it is possible to change one’s legal name. Is it possible to change one’s legal birthplace?
I lived in Texas only for my first three months. It was WW2 and my father was in the U.S. Army, sent to Texas with our family.
I have lived for almost 60 years in California, and I am proud of this state. I would like for my official record to show it as my birthplace — unless this trumped-up recall of the governor succeeds, and we get Texas-style leadership.
I want California to continue to be a responsible leader among the states!
Please vote NO on the Recall. Thank you.
— Vicki Pearse, Pacific Grove
What a waste
Every soldier and marine is aware that they get court-martialed for losing their rifle. So what do generals and Presidents get when they leave behind $80 billion worth of weapons for an entire army?
— Rich Wise, Carmel Valley
Spy on your neighbor
Your Supreme Court just authorized payment of bribes to the citizens of Texas to spy on their neighbors. If anyone is caught providing information about where to get an abortion or about an actual abortion, the person reporting the event will receive a personal payment (perhaps $10,000?) from taxpayer dollars.
Texas law enforcement is not involved. Only your neighbor, motivated by a big bribe, is involved.
Sad to say, the current Supreme Court is a Trump rubber stamp. The radical right has taken over the court and feels no need to even seem to be fair-handed.
This blatant loss of women’s rights enforced by the Trump rubber-stamp Supreme Court decision should chill your day and stimulate dread about the future of democracy in the USA.
— Allen Fuhs, Carmel
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