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"Do you think
God gets stoned? I think so . . .
look at the platypus!" Robin
New City Council Seated - First Native Member?
by Jack McCurdy
Matt Makowetski may be the first native of
Morro Bay to be elected to the Morro Bay City Council. But
more importantly, he brings to four the number of Council
members who have shown their bona fide commitment to the
welfare of the community as a whole, aside from special
Three of the five members of the
five-member Council can enact virtually anything legal in
the City. But having four votes conveys something special,
convincing, and powerful and leaves no doubt about the
dominion behind the vote and the support of a large
majority of residents.
What Makes a Good Citizen?
by Shana Ogren Lourey
Would it feel wrong to be drafted to help others?
It was our official commemorative Veterans Day last month on
November 11. On that day, I think of civic duty and wonder if I
am doing my job to fulfill it.
What does it mean to serve one’s country? Or to serve the world?
What if we were to require non-military national (or
international) service for our citizens? In Austria and
Switzerland there is an organization called Zivildienst, which
provides its citizens with the opportunity to avoid enlistment
in the military if they wish to by completing an alternative
In Austria, for those who object to the draft for military
service, they instead can spend nine months serving at an NGO, a
nursing home, a hospital, or in a ministry.
MFP Stage Vigils to Close Diablo
by Jack McCurdy
Buddhist monks, joined by Mothers for
Peace members and supporters, will stage
a series of local vigils and fasts
starting today, December 1, and
extending through next Sunday, December
7, after leading a Peace Walk joined by
the public from San Luis Mission Plaza
to the gates of the Diablo Canyon
nuclear plant yesterday, November 30.
It’s all to advocate the closure of
the plant, which is under the gun from
many quarters for fear, among other
things, that an earthquake will tear
through one or more of the faults
surrounding the plant and cause a
disaster that could expose many people
in San Luis Obispo County to harmful, if
not deadly, radiation.
After the Peace Walk yesterday, the
first vigil today (December 1) will be
near the gates of Diablo in Avila Beach
from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; again on
Tuesday and Wednesday. The second vigil
will be held on the lawn of the County
Courthouse in San Luis Obispo (across
from the Fremont Theater) from 8:30 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The
third will be next Sunday at the plant’s
San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace is
a local organization which works to
promote peace and to abandon nuclear
energy and weapons. The flyer for the
Buddhist monks events can be found at
Mothers for Peace website.
Meanwhile, nine environmental groups
and the Natural Resources Defense
Council (NRDC) have filed separate
lawsuits in the D.C. Court of Appeals
challenging the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission (NRC) decision to proceed
with an “extended waste storage rule”
and a generic environmental impact
statement, claiming it has failed to
comply with a 2012 federal court ruling
that had reversed the NRC decision.
A Mothers for Peace statement said
three of the nine groups and NRDC
brought the earlier lawsuit that
resulted in the suspension of all U.S.
reactor licensing and re-licensing
decisions until the NRC completed a
study of the environmental impacts of
the long-standing failure to site a
repository for disposal of spent reactor
fuel. Now the groups have sued again,
charging that NRC had failed to meet
federal safety and environmental
requirements and failed to comply with
the Court’s decision.
Momentous Decision on WRF Looms
by Jack McCurdy
Nearly twelve years after a state agency
ordered Morro Bay and Cayucos to bite the bullet and
replace their decrepit, polluting, wastewater treatment
plant with one that will do all the things a modern plant
can do. It will produce recycled water, for a big
example, that won't pollute the ocean with unprocessed
sewage. The Morro Bay City Council is on the verge of
doing what past Councils failed to do and has cost the
city untold millions from delays. That money is gone
forever from Morro Bay taxpayers' pocket books.