Church and state
I was dismayed to read that the Torrance city council voted to put “In God We Trust “ over the dais in the council chambers. In our diverse and pluralistic society, it is not the purview of a city council to make a statement on behalf of the community as a whole affirming a trust in god. Such behavior was once common and accepted, but it is acceptable no longer. It offends and excludes the many community members—and I assure you, there are many—whose beliefs do not fit that particular mold.
—Moira Nelson, Hermosa Beach
Trusting in spaghetti
I want to applaud the Torrance City Council for voting to recognize a deity on the chamber walls behind the dais by adding the words “In God we trust.” However, it is important that we encourage all members of the community, regardless of faith, to feel welcome in this “chapel” of democracy and civil discourse.
Because I know the council never intended to recognize exclusively those of Christian faith as officially welcome, I recommend the council amend their decision to include deities of other religions. I would suggest the list be kept short and that the council not only recognize God, but also Buddha, Satan, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and Eric Clapton (the Guitar God).
I realize that that might make the statement rather long and perhaps some sort of acronym could be found that honors all members of faith into the council chambers.
If a suitable acronym can’t be found that honors all religions, and welcomes all comers, perhaps the council should rethink the idea of scarring the council chambers with a statement that excludes a large part of their residents, and most of the world’s population.
—Bob Zwissler, Manhattan Beach
CenterCal won’t quit
CenterCal just won’t quit Redondo. I wish they would.
In apparent Strawman send- ups, possibly coordinated by Centercal, the ongoing battle with the majority of Redondo residents continues. Strawmen hitting social media and undermining City efforts toward increasing Harbor revenue. Surrogates were all over social media bashing a sub-leasing deal. Spoiler alert, Harbor Revenues are critical for Redondo. CenterCal increases their leverage if leases/revenues erode.
Like a disgruntled ex, CenterCal keeps launching their mis-information missiles into our zeitgeist and voters play whack-a-mole to help keep people informed. I’m half expecting a fabricated video where it’s “revealed” “Brand caught on tape wishing CenterCal project went through!”
We know CenterCal used two residents as “shills” suing the Mayor and other local residents. Surreptitiously and entirely funded by a Centercal related organization.
Waterfront project has “substantial issues” with the Coastal Commission? Hire the biggest CCC Lobbyist/shill in California to work behind the scenes rather than change the project.
Need Coastal Commissioner’s support? Donate to his campaign for $1 less than testimony disclosure requirement.
Need PAC’s? Donate to a PAC whose Chairman/project advocate is on the Harbor Commission. Uses his Commission vote for the project.
An investor wants to come into the City and lease property? Strawman time. Who is really behind the spurious and unsubstantiated attacks?
A music promoter paying Redondo for an event designed to bring money, jobs and tourism into the City? File a lawsuit right before the event.
No, our angry ex CenterCal won’t quit Redondo, I wish they would.
—Eugene Solomon, Redondo Beach