We’re harvesting a dinner plate dahlia and a side of edible greens for each and every SLO County resident who donates $1 or more to the Food Bank Coalition today.
This is the one day of the year when we have a remarkable opportunity to unite as a community to prevent hunger, which is sadly becoming a problem for more and more of our residents.
As Tribune columnist Bill Morem recently reported, two years ago the Food Bank Coalition was helping 24,000 county residents. Today, that number is 40,000 an increase of 67 percent.
We know that $1 doesn’t seem like much. But if every resident of the county donates even that much, the Food Bank Coalition will easily reach its goal of $150,000.
Donating is easy. You can do it online at www.slofoodbank.org; send a check to P.O. Box 2070, Paso Robles, CA 93477; or drop a donation at one of the sites listed here.
Paso Robles: Food4Less, Scolari’s and Walmart
Atascadero: Albertsons, Food4Less and Kmart
Cambria: Cambria Drug & Gift
Cayucos: Post Office
Los Osos: Ralphs
San Luis Obispo: First Bank, Food4Less and New Frontiers
Arroyo Grande: Albertsons and Doc Burnstein’s
Grover Beach: Vons
Lawmakers want to keep free stuff
We don’t often go to the trouble of gift wrapping our brickbats, but for a select group of state lawmakers we’re hauling out the bows and fancy tissue paper. Heck, we might even consult a back issue of Martha Stewart Living, because we want this presentation to be extra special.
We’re talking, of course, about the brickbats we’ll be delivering to the state senators who killed Sen. Sam Blakeslee’s latest attempt to staunch the flow of freebies to lawmakers.
Specifically, we’ll be gifting members of the Senate Appropriations Committee: Christine Kehoe; Mimi Walters; Elaine Alquist; Bill Emmerson; Ted W. Lieu; Fran Pavley; Curren Price; Sharon Runner; and Darrell Steinberg.
Thanks to them, Blakeslee’s bill never even made it to the Senate floor.
Their reason for killing it?
Of course, it had absolutely nothing to do with their desire to keep raking in lavish meals, Lakers tickets, gift cards, spa visits and free rounds of golf. No, they claimed — among other flimsy excuses — that the $204,000 per year that it would cost to enforce the restrictions was too much.
This was, by the way, the third time that Blakeslee had introduced legislation to prevent lawmakers from accepting swag from lobbyists and their employers. Normally, the third time is a charm — but apparently that doesn’t apply in Sacramento.
Vague advice from the WHO
Wow, World Health Organization. Way to give us some crystal clear guidance!
Cell phones are “possibly carcinogenic”? Couldn’t you at least have told us that before we canceled our landlines?
Thank goodness for a piece of common-sense advice from one expert quoted by the New York Times. “A precautionary approach is the best policy. If people use cell phones, they should consider using an earpiece,” said Henry C. Lai, a bioengineering professor. Where’s a cell phone? We need to text that guy a big “THX” bouquet.