Yes, please butt out
In support of “Don’t toss cigarettes” (Randall Schwalbe, May 28):
I am part of the Unitarian Universalists of Cambria, and we pick up the trash on a section of Highway 46. It’s a very rewarding and connecting activity, and we love it when locals honk at us. But we don’t like picking up the hundreds of cigarette butts.
Often the same brands are in the same places, so it leads us to believe that the same people are tossing them out every day. Yes, they litter our highways and look ugly, but even more important is the huge fire danger they pose.
Given that many modern cars are not equipped with ashtrays, maybe a jar or bottle of water is a safer way to dispose of these potential fire starters. Give us a honk in support of “no butts” next time you see us keeping our section clean and beautiful.
When a call goes out for help, the Cambria community rises, and help ensues. On behalf of the small, U.S.-based nonprofit, the Nepal Rural Health and Education Project, I hosted a benefit yard sale Saturday. The community came forth with donations and supported the sale with immense generosity. The sale, with cash donations, brought in more than $500.
The entire sum will go to the current project that departed from Kathmandu last week via a four-wheel-drive vehicle and porters, stocked with medicine, nutritional supplements for malnourished children, water purifiers and clinic tents to provide emergency medical services in the Ramechapp district. The five nonprofit volunteers, including medics, in association with Bamti Health post, treated 150 patients on the first day of the health clinic.
You can learn more about this project at www.nepalaction.org. Regular updates will be posted on the group’s Facebook page.
On behalf of the Nepali people in need, thank you.
In defense of flier
I found Bill Seavey’s May 28 letter to the editor disheartening, as I am close friends with the owner of Pacific Beach Tower Inc., Les Corriea. Mr. Corriea, like Mr. Seavey, offers solutions to our water problems. Pacific Beach Tower offers water-savings devices as well as water-generation systems, systems that extract water from the atmosphere.
Before I would write a letter with the tone of Mr. Seavey’s, I would have taken the trouble to contact Mr. Corriea, to find out something about Pacific Beach Tower. His phone number is on the flier.
Mr. Corriea is fully licensed by the state of California and certified by many various manufacturers. As a personal friend, I can state that he operates with the highest integrity.
Have you noticed our thriving three medians on Main Street? About three years ago, the Cambria Garden Club decided to maintain them by weeding, fertilizing and replanting, with Blair McCormick as our adviser.
The weeders arrive at daybreak, decked out in bright orange safety vests, and safety cones are placed to alert drivers to slow down. Thanks to those drivers who slow down and thank us, but we do get startled when cars buzz by us going way over the speed limit.
We have two objectives: to beautify our community and to be safe.
Elizabeth Ehlers, Carole Frane, Holly McCain, Kathi Rippe and J’net Wolff
Cambria Garden Club