Trump only divides nation

Sadly, another very tragic event gets our attention. This is one aspect of which I wrote after President Trump’s election — getting what we deserve from Trump’s hateful division and disrespect program.

Trump did not start hate in America, but he did stir it to a higher level with his insults and disrespect for nearly anyone who does not support him.

This hateful division among politicians, the populace and even within families is becoming more apparent with violent attacks, many of them hate crimes, as well as a do-nothing Congress.

Now, again, Trump calls for unity. But what is he doing to offset the disunity of his hate program in which he even sees as mandated by 60 million voters?

With the Las Vegas tragedy, we tend to cop out by blaming the few mentally ill within our growing population. But does this just allow us to escape the clear observation that Trump has caused more disrespectful and hateful division and stirred up such groups by his own actions? Has this hatred also stirred up the mentally ill?

If we continue to fool ourselves, we are destined to continue this downward dis-United States trend away from the unity that really made America great before. We urgently need a Unifier-in-Chief not a divider.

Don Jones

Santa Maria

Nuke power for safety

It's time to let go of Chernobyl, which happened 31 years ago and won't happen again. There are no nuclear systems like Chernobyl in operation.

Chernobyl was a combination of a lack of strictly-enforced regulations, no nuclear containment, plus the control-room operators had no business doing testing on the unit, which resulted in the tragedy.

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Fukushima was not a nuclear accident. What happened was a result of an earthquake and tsunami. The tremendous amount of damage to the plant was a result of bad decisions by owners and management. The plant was built closer to the water’s edge than what was originally advised. The seawall was inadequate. Overall, a poor design and a poor safety culture was the problem.

Another plant 75 miles from Fukushima, closer to the earthquake fault, survived the tsunami with little damage. Onagawa was built on higher ground with a 14.8-meter wall protecting the plant from a huge wall of water. Good planning, good management, forward thinking and a strong safety culture kept the plant safe. Many residents in the area flocked to the plant and were given refuge. Few are aware of Onagawa because it doesn't support those opposed to nuclear power.

There have been more than 400 nuclear plants around the world with a remarkable safety record. There have been no accidents or exposure incidents with used nuclear fuel storage.

If so many are sure 100-percent renewables are possible to support the grid, why are there indications fossil-fuel plant construction is on the rise? For what purpose? To fill the loss of power if Diablo Canyon is allowed to close.

Ellie Ripley

Arroyo Grande