Letters

11/08/2012

Killer KSSR

Re: End transmission, cover feature, Oct. 4


Many a two-finger devil’s horns, a clenched fist and a screaming oi! oi! oi!! to all these DIY roots rock rebels who made this wondrous aberration happen in our little coastal burg here!


From the first day, I was hooked. The depth and inventiveness of the playlists were so out of the usual realm of anything presently on the FM or AM dial.


I found I couldn’t wait to hear what was next but had to savor what I was hearing at present. What a cool ride. Thankfully, these pirates had a vast library of all genres to pull from and they seemed to push all the tasty buttons to add a bit more flavor to our little slice of the coast.


If you never tuned in and heard the magic of it all, I’m sorry you missed it cuz it really was a moment in time. My radio went on in the morning and usually stayed on all day. I could not believe my ears that this “gift” was happening in “hometown” much less in the “secret” bunker!


So sad to see it gone from the radio because it was so pure and underground — with no commercials!


Thanks for a killer clean run with no harm or debris!


See what happens when you have too much fun . ...

Brian Cook
Ventura

The greater good

I enjoyed the thoughtful column last week (at least that’s when I read it). (Power to speak, 10/4) I have never understood the link between religion (or lack of it) and morality, or what Buddhists would call “right living.”


I belong to a church, Unitarian Universalism, which has no creed one is compelled to believe in, in order to belong. Members are of many faiths, or none. But we have a moral imperative to walk with the congregation, and with society at large, in a just and humane manner. We have a set of principles starting with “the inherent worth and dignity of every being” and leading to “We care for the earth of which we are a part.” I have never met a group of people more committed to human rights, social justice and environmental activism.


Thank you for opening the conversation about politics and religion.

Jill Forman
Ventura

 

One brave Senator from South Dakota

Last month, we lost former U.S. Sen. George McGovern. Although many will recall his disastrous 1972 loss to Richard Nixon and his subsequent leadership in getting us out of Vietnam, his truly lasting legacy will be his war on hunger and malnutrition.


In 1977, following extensive public hearings, McGovern’s Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs published dietary goals for the United States, a precursor to today’s dietary guidelines. It marked the first time that a U.S. government document recommended reduced meat consumption.


The meat industry forced the committee to destroy all copies of the report and to remove the offending recommendation from a new edition. It then abolished the committee, voted McGovern out of office, and warned government bureaucrats never to challenge meat consumption again. (Food Politics by Marion Nestle, 2007).


Yet, after 35 years of studies linking meat consumption with elevated risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and other killer diseases, the MyPlate icon, representing USDA’s current Dietary Guidelines for Americans, recommends vegetables, fruits and grains, but never mentions meat, and shunts dairy off to one side (www.choosemyplate.gov/).


And it all started with one brave senator from South Dakota.

Vinnie Castanza
Ventura

 

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