Letters: March 19, 2010

Praise for Wehtahnah Tucker

I read several newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, The North County Times, and The Coast News. I am writing to congratulate both The Coast News Group and one of your journalists, Ms.Wehtahnah Tucker. Ms. Tucker, in my opinion, is accomplished in writing, researching and reporting. hese traits are not necessarily found in many journalists.
On several occasions I have been interviewed by Ms. Tucker. She was courteous, yet probing; professional, yet engaging. Her talent as a journalist is apparent. She gets the facts straight, reports them accurately, and most importantly quotes her sources accurately. Not an easy task in this age of technology and depersonalization.
In the times she has interviewed me, my words and her quotes were close to 100 percent accurate. A rather rare trait in journalism.
So thank you Wehtahnah and The Coast News. Please keep up the good work. I, for one, look forward to Fridays and The Coast News.

Lorri Greene, Ph.D.

Not on board with choice of Op Ed

I can understand your selecting view points on both sides, but I think the public would best be served by staying clear of extreme positions as in “GOP backs into a corner,” an Op Ed from the March 5 issue. I think that calling a party obstructionist when they don’t agree with an opinion is political banter and doesn’t help get anything passed. It would be better to have someone state their position including costs and avoid name-calling.
“No” is a perfectly valid position when you don’t agree with what’s being done as long as it’s accompanied by some valid reasons. I’ve said “no” plenty of times when I was raising my family and it kept us living within our means and kept my kids out of trouble. They too said “you always say no” rather than presenting an argument on why it should be. We need time for open debates on our country’s troubles and the majority in Congress seem to be hell-bent on quickly passing massive bills that could wipe out our nation prosperity.
I regret that life cannot be “everything for everybody,” but it can’t be done. It can be compared to a maximum capacity four-adult boat. The skipper comes upon 10 adults drowning in the water. What should he do? Load all on the boat and then the boat sinks? Load on four who can’t run the boat and he jumps off? Load three and, with a heavy heart, head for shore? Our country cannot give everything to everybody. Survival requires saying “no.”

Ambrose Zeller
Edina, Minn.