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Letters to the Editor: Oct. 2, 2021 – Monterey Herald

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We have lived at our residence just up the street from the American Tin Cannery in Pacific Grove since 1984 so we are very familiar with the location and are writing to express our support for this hotel/commercial project. It is our understanding that the amendments requested by all concerned parties have been resolved.
The benefits to Pacific Grove are very significant and will generate increases in property and sales taxes and other revenues. In addition, the aesthetics of the property will enhance the area for years to come.
Thanks to all who support this undertaking.
— Ed and Lois Shedlowski, Pacific Grove
I want to add my voice to the chorus of locals who approve of the conversion of the American Tin Cannery to a hotel site. Critics of this project are missing some historical perspective that is necessary to judge the plan. I worked at the ATC from 1986 to 1997. I saw the transformation from the Ardan catalog store to the factory outlet mall with 55 stores and restaurants. During the 1990s the ATC was extremely successful as a shopping destination and it drew many patrons — the vast majority were out-of-town visitors and day-trippers from the Bay Area. The traffic impacts created by a full 55-store shopping center was far greater than anything the proposed hotel will generate. The cognitive dissonance of the critics is they fail to acknowledge this important point. If the owners of the ATC were so motivated, they could renew the site as a full-blown shopping center. Once again it would draw thousands of visitors and shoppers — all of this allowed by the conditions of the use permit that built out the shopping center. The owners current plan for the facility is much less intensive than the shopping center use. It will ultimately benefit Pacific Grove generating needed tax revenue to pay for the very services that critics of the project seem to prioritize. Let the conversion go ahead.
— Mark Carbonaro, Monterey
In her 9/24/21 commentary in the Monterey Herald, Megan McArdle points out that feminists have held, “My Body, My Choice”, but there is another body involved. Feminists should be honest.
I have had a number of women tell me of having had an abortion. Some have also added how old the child would be this day if the baby had lived. Those women are suffering.
For 12 years, I was an adoption social worker for Monterey County. We never had difficulty finding good homes for babies.
I wish more women would choose adoption over abortion
— Marjorie Atkinson, Seaside
The recent letter of Sept. 22, “Historical facts,” is filled with inaccurate information. One glaring example is the claim that Germany allied with the Soviet Union during World War II. Say what? From the time that America entered the war, the Soviets allied with the United States and Great Britain. After the defeat of Germany, the Soviet Union entered the Pacific War to help America defeat the Japanese. This is History 101.
Was Hitler a socialist or communist? Did he believe in democracy? No on all counts; when he took over the government, he pretended to support democracy but quickly subverted it: he said he would “destroy democracy by using the tools of democracy” (sound familiar?). He despised socialism and communism and vowed “to destroy Marxism in all its shapes and forms” and later added it “exists to serve Jewish international finance”( “Mein Kampf”)
Hitler was a fascist: the German people were required to show total subservience to his nationalistic, white supremacist, far right agenda. The swastika and the Nazi salute were imitators of symbols of Italian fascism; scapegoats (Jews, homosexuals, Gypsies, non-Aryans) were persecuted/executed as Nazism grew in influence, the irrational became concrete; unspeakable evil became ordinary.
The Democrats and President Biden have nothing in common with Hitler and Nazi Germany.
— Judy Ritchie, Pebble Beach
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