Fidel Castro and Che Guevara are not heroes

“They are using my culture to present their dumb ideology of Aztlán”

Police formed a protective perimeter around the picnic table.
  • Police formed a protective perimeter around the picnic table.

Chicanos go into Mexico and violate Mexican laws

Re: “Who does Chicano Park belong to?” Neighborhood News.

An embarrassment of Chicano park and the Anti-American sentiment: I feel sad for Chicanos and immigrants who participate in this act of hostility.

Not all Mexican Americans feel this way. I grew up back in the days when Chicanos didn’t speak to immigrants. I remember taking Chicano studies and telling myself They are using my culture to present their dumb ideology of Aztlán. I see their ideology as crying over spilt milk. The Aztec Empire did the same thing.

Mexico is looking toward a better tomorrow. Chicanos need to get over this. Chicanos go into Mexico and violate Mexican laws and then they start crying to go back to the States for protection.

Not all Mexican Americans are anti-American. I was born in Mexico and grew up in L.A. I thank this country for allowing me to be part of it. The USA and Mexico both have dark histories. We don’t like it, but we learn not to repeat them. Fidel Castro and Che Guevara are not heroes — people need to read about them. The murals are beautiful, but when it gets political it’s wrong.

As a dark-skin Mexican I will not go there anymore. Once was enough; I could feel the negativity.

  • Name withheld

Just treat them like lepers

Re: “Protesters thwart food-sharing ban,” Neighborhood News.

It seems like the City of El Cajon has found a nifty and cost-effective way to solve its homeless problem. In order to get the ones that are there to leave and perhaps discourage future homeless people from coming to El Cajon, they decided to treat them as if they are a leper colony. Maybe this is their solution to the homeless problem.

  • Vivian Dunbar
  • San Ysidro

Our men are hurting

After reading “Alleged sex, lies, and genital moles” [News Ticker], I knew I had to say something.

Mickey Kasparian

Mickey Kasparian

from Twitter

It is healing and liberating that women are coming out of the closet to talk about sexual abuse, and that’s cause for celebration. But our men have to heal, too. Yet we’re ignoring the question: Why are men acting out sexually against women and children, and how can we help?

The problem is glaring. Today we’re talking about Roy Moore, George H. W. Bush, and other prominent political figures. Yesterday we were talking about the entertainment industry and date rape on college campuses. Every day it seems there’s another revelation of sexual misconduct, usually by a man. Revealing these painful and damaging behaviors is important because we used to push sexual abuse under the rug, leaving the victims alone, shamed, and unsupported.

But let’s come out of denial. Sexual abuse by men runs throughout our society, from the Hollywood couch to the home. If it’s so widespread, there must be a reason.

We can no longer pretend that sexual abuse is committed by a few “monsters.” On the contrary, it’s an epidemic. And if it’s an epidemic, it must have a cause. Something is wrong. Something is causing our men to turn to sexual violence, pornography, harassment, exploitation, and abuse. Men are desperately seeking something — closeness? Power? Relief from anxiety and stress? An outlet for their sexuality that is distorted by repressive religious beliefs or socialization?

It is easy to get on the partisan bandwagon and gloat over Roy Moore’s exposure as a sexual predator. But his actions are not part of our political game. His actions are yet another wake-up call that reminds us that our men are hurting.

Of course, we recognize the obvious abuse of power that is often part of sexual abuse, the abuse of power that can be physical, emotional, economic, and social. Some men have felt that they could get away with anything, and so they acted with impunity. But even that raises the question: Why do they feel the need to do so? How can they be so cut off from their deepest selves that they can pretend they are causing no harm?

Men who are well, fulfilled, and supported don’t need to abuse, violate, dominate, or exploit anyone. That is the point we must all face. So let’s stop using these harassment revelations as an excuse to punish and humiliate a few guys. Let’s use these revelations to awaken us to the fact that we have a huge problem.

We live in a society that doesn’t meet our real needs, and we are driven to all kinds of behavior that is destructive to ourselves and others. That includes all kinds of addictive behavior, including sexual exploitation by anyone.

We don’t need revenge. We need healing. Let’s get honest about the alienation, pain, and fear that underlie the violence and sexual abusiveness of men, and let’s overturn a system that causes men to feel so desperate that they have to exploit others to give themselves a false sense of power or gratification.

The shame does not belong to these men alone. The shame belongs to us all if we are not willing to look at the society that gives rise to this behavior.

  • Beth Green
  • Ramona

We have a right to be born free from mutations

Re: “Disposal of nuclear waste: think Camp Pendleton” [News Ticker].

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

Photo by David Batterson

Thank you for your article by Don Bauder about the nuclear waste dump at San Onofre. This is not a project we can allow San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station’s owners to do on the cheap. Cutting corners has been their M.O. for quite some time. It was disgraceful enough when they charged us for new steam generators in 2009 for Unit 2 even though they were merely refurbished leftovers. For more information: atomicinsights.com/san-onofre-steam-generators-honest-error-driven-by-search-for-perfection/

“If Unit 3 had remained in operation, other tubes in the same area of the steam generator would have likely failed. The same problem does not exist in Unit 2.”

“The NRC said the error in Mitsubishi’s model had a long history. Mitsubishi originally had developed the computer code in 1978 for one kind of steam generator, then modified it in 1992 for another. But the 1992 modification, used for San Onofre and four other nuclear plants, contained a flaw, according to the NRC notice to Mitsubishi.”

However, of the five plants whose generators were designed using the model, only San Onofre failed.

According to the NRC documents, cracks and damage were found in the steam generator of the unit 3 reactor during checks by Mitsubishi Heavy in March 2009.

A follow-up probe found heat treatment prior to welding caused the problem, and the NRC informed the utility and others concerned.

“Today Southern California Edison, operator of San Onofre, reported that defects in the interior tubing of Steam Generators at both units 2 and 3 had been discovered. Shortly thereafter, that report was expanded to say that “unprecedented” damage was found in more than 800 tubes in just unit-2’s steam generators - the unit that has been down for weeks, not the one shut down the night before last.”

“Hirsch, told KPBS San Onofre had 400 times as many damaged steam generator tubes as in a typical nuclear reactor with new steam generators. He said there were also 1,000 times as many indications of wear.”

The flaw in Unit 3 was not in Unit 2, meaning those were an older model from before 1992. They were refurbished. Not new. The crack in Unit 3 steam generators was a later known problem.

We paid for something we did not receive, and the moral of the story is that we cannot believe anything SCE or SDG&E tells us. Their community-engagement panel meetings are a farce. If they truly wished to engage community members, they would not ask for people’s e mail addresses just to put them into their permanent reject list so they will not be allowed to submit statements for the public record.

I am fed up with the lack of concern exhibited by these utility companies over matters of public health. Spent fuel in dry cask storage is sold to us as the safest option available. What if a chain reaction occurs like the one at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico?

If these dry casks are buried on the beach, you can be sure they will be dropped and breached as sea levels rise and the cliff crumbles into the Pacific Ocean. We have to move it away from the beach, at least to Camp Pendleton, where it can be guarded by Marines. Given the history between S.O.N.G.S and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries conspiring to rip off the ratepayers, it is the least that is owed to us and future generations, who have a right to be born free from mutations.

  • Laurel Kaskurs
  • Oceanside

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