Bouquets of 26 roses to all those Central Coast residents who are quietly performing 26 random acts of kindness in honor of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. As you might imagine, these kind-hearted folks arent exactly advertising their good deeds, so we cant mention any of them by name.
We did hear about one example of arandom act however: Someone left a lottery ticket in the womens restroom at United Blood Services in SLO, with a note attached explaining that she (were assuming it was a she on account of where the note was found) was performing random acts in remembrance of the Sandy Hook victims. A staffer at the blood bank found the ticket, scratched it off and won another ticket. If that tickets a winner, the proceeds will go to charity. Sure, the odds of winning arent great, but its a wonderful thought, nonetheless.
By the way, if youre interested in joining the #26Acts movement which originated with journalist Ann Curry there are plenty of random suggestions on the Internet.
Boo to school board on Teach
Ultimately, the San Luis Coastal school board made the right choice in deciding to keep Teach Elementary open while a task force considers its long-term future. But did it really have to put everyone through such a painfully adversarial process before arriving at the conclusion?
Were especially troubled that the board president arbitrarily limited public comment to 20 minutes at Tuesdays meeting.
Granted, most of the arguments by Teach supporters had no doubt been heard many, many times before. But if the public makes an effort to attend a meeting, elected officials should have the courtesy and patience to hear them out.
At least board member Kathryn Eisendrath Rogers had the class to apologize to the public for being denied the opportunity to speak. The rest of the board earns tin-eared brickbats and a D- for its poor handling of the situation. Oh, and next time, how about appointing a task force before threatening to close a school?
A milestone for new library
Weve reserved a bibliophiles bouquet for the Friends of the Atascadero Library for meeting its final fundraising goal for the new library. With that, the project a partnership between the city and county can get under way. An existing, vacant building at 655 Capistrano Ave. will be converted into a library that will be double the size of the current one. County offices will be on the second floor.
We understand that theres still work to do; upcoming fundraisers will benefit a contingency fund, fixtures and furniture, but for now, its time to celebrate a milestone thats one for the books.
Volunteer searchers inspiring
Good Sam bouquets to all of the volunteers who joined in last weeks search for 12-year-old Mikayla Andersen. Some volunteers came from as far away as Ventura to participate, after Mikayla went missing in the rural Huasna Valley area east of Arroyo Grande.
As we now know, she was found to be safe and sound she told officials she went off to clear her head but whenever a child goes missing, its a frightening time for everyone. The fact that so many wonderful people would put their own lives on hold to join in the search is inspiring.