OPINION / LETTERS TO THE EDITOR / OUR READERS WRITE:
•• La Jolla Rotarians proud of visit to UN: The annual Rotary-United Nations Day at the UN headquarters in New York City took place Nov. 15. Attending to represent Rotary Club of La Jolla were president-elect Lora Fisher, international committee chair Don Lincoln and member Susan Stevens. Also participating were Lora’s husband, Tom Fisher (Torrey Pines Rotary), Don’s wife, Mary Jane Lincoln and Susan’s daughter, Hallie Stevens. The visitors were provided with a tour and special sessions at the headquarters facility.
The day celebrates Rotary’s history with the United Nations as its largest and oldest non-governmental member. Rotary members were engaged in the founding of the UN and a close relationship has existed ever since. — Sally Fuller, La Jolla Rotary
•• Body cameras prevent mistreatment: The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of three black teens at the hands of white police officers has led to a national call for use of body cameras to record and prevent any future mistreatment of suspects.
There is ample precedent. Animal protection activists have used body cameras to document egregious atrocities and safety violations by workers in the meat, dairy, and egg industries. The resulting videos have led to a number of corrective actions, as well as felony convictions, meat recalls, and even a $500 million civil settlement.
How ironic then that agribusiness interests in seven states (Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, and Utah) have now enacted “ag-gag” laws imposing severe penalties for using body cameras in their agricultural facilities. The language is typically drafted by the anti-consumer American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
Let’s hope that other vested interests do not impose similar restrictions on the use of body cameras by law enforcement officers. — Sheldon Daniels, La Jolla
•• Inga has her virtues: “Let Inga Tell You” is one of the top reasons I look forward to reading my favored La Jolla newspaper. Although this “Queen of Wit” hides her face behind dark glasses, scarf and hat, she opens widely the curtains exposing her heart. Congratulations, Inga, on your fifth anniversary with the paper and your new book.
We need reminders (like your true stories) to show us that contentment comes from enjoying even something little, a lot, and sharing how challenging experiences can be wisely transformed by humor when one chooses to love life and live better.
I admire your integrity to speak the truth without politically correct embellishment. I am inspired by your courage of simply being yourself. I hope your “light” will shine bright from the pages of La Jolla Light for many more years. INGA: I (Interesting subject), N (New insight on an old issue), G (Geniusly intelligent), A (Abundantly funny). — Jaruska Solyova, La Jolla
•• A Wasil created bronze statue of Christ at Mary, Star of Sea Church: In the La Jolla’s Faith Communities article on Mary, Star of the Sea Church (Nov. 20, La Jolla Light) there was no mention of the (late) artist who did the exquisite bronze statue. His name was “A” Wasil. His works are all over our city and the world! We think of him often, a special man who treated everyone equally. He was very proud of this sculpture. — Patti Cooprider, San Diego
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