Bouquets and Brickbats

Cal Poly, Greek councils agree on new policies

letters@thetribunenews.comJune 14, 2013 

An entrance to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.

JOE JOHNSTON — jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

The devil, as they say, is in the details, but it sounds as if Cal Poly and the Greek councils representing fraternities and sororities have come to a meeting of the minds on policies to prevent binge drinking, hazing, sexual assaults and other illegal and dangerous behaviors. For that, we offer fraternal bouquets all around.

Among other developments, there will be a party registration requirement, mandatory health and wellness education for all new members, collection of a small fee — $10 per member per quarter to start — to pay for staffing, education and other programs.

There even will be discussion of the possibility of an on-campus Greek Row — so stay tuned.

Veterans Treatment Court welcome

The Veterans Treatment Court opens today, and we extend a big bouquet of gratitude to county veterans services officer Dana Cummings, the program’s volunteer mentors, the Board of Supervisors, Superior Court and all the other agencies and individuals who helped start this much-needed program.

The VTC provides mentoring and other assistance to veterans who have wound up in the criminal justice system due in large part to traumatic experiences they suffered in combat.

With an estimated 65 percent of post-9/11 veterans suffering some level of post-traumatic stress disorder or brain injury, the need for such a program is self-evident; we applaud SLO County for being the 15th county in the state of California to start a VTC.

Vandalism of church outrageous

We toss blasphemous brickbats at vandals who shattered seven stained-glass windows at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Los Osos over the weekend. This outrageous act, which caused $40,000 in damage, was the latest in a string of vandalism at the church that have occurred over the past several years.

The sacred art at the church is exceptional — the windows depict Joseph and Mary, Jesus, Mother Teresa, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Francis of Assisi, among other subjects. One honors the martyrs of the Holocaust. That anyone would deliberately destroy such treasures is beyond comprehension.

The Sheriff’s Office has stepped up patrols in the area, and the church plans to install an alarm system. Let’s hope that puts an end to the desecration.

Oceano farmers market hits snags

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: We love, love, love the idea of a farmers market in Oceano.

Unfortunately, efforts to schedule a weekly market at the Oceano Community Center parking lot have hit a couple of snags. For one, Jeff Edwards (who, last time we checked, lived in Los Osos) brought several issues to the attention of the county, including a concern about adequacy of parking near the Community Center. That was ironed out at a county Planning Department hearing, though now there’s some debate over whether Oceano Community Services District funds can be used for start-up costs.

Who knew starting up a farmers market would be such a tough row to hoe?

In spite of that, Mary Lewis and other volunteer organizers have remained upbeat. Good for them; we toss them a bouquet of thornless roses and wish them success in what we hope is the not-too-distant future.

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