Tragically, six people — including five under the age of 30 — were killed in four separate collisions on SLO County roads over the past couple of weeks.
At least two of the four accidents allegedly were caused by drunken drivers, which underscores how far we still have to go to eradicate this lethal form of stupidity.
We know it’s been said many, many times, but in light of the recent deaths, we’re going to say it again: For those who do plan to go out drinking this holiday weekend, use a designated driver, take a cab, or make plans to spend the night with your hosts — just don’t get behind the wheel.
And if you’ve volunteered to be the designated driver? Please, take this important job seriously. Don’t drink, and we’ll toss you a lifesaving bouquet.
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Additive ban should be a slam dunk
Where babies are concerned, we subscribe to the better-safe-than-sorry philosophy. That’s why we strongly support a bill in the state Legislature that would ban bisphenol A — commonly called BPA — from baby products.
Some studies have linked BPA to reproductive abnormalities, increased risks of cancer, diabetes, obesity and other disorders.
Infants and children are thought to be especially susceptible to risk.
Canada, the European Union and several U.S. states and cities already have banned the substance from baby products such as bottles and sippy cups. Six large U.S. baby bottle manufacturers have voluntarily agreed to stop selling bottles made with the compound — baby breath bouquets to them — so obviously, substitute compounds are available.
Yet both our local lawmakers, state Sen. Sam Blakeslee and Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, voted against the bill.
Sorry, gentlemen, but this is one time when we can’t simply agree to disagree.
So hang on to your diapers, babies! We’ve got a load of bottle-shaped brickbats to deliver to Sacramento.
Atascadero’s peaceful resolution
We’re delivering a way-to-go bouquet to the city of Atascadero and its employees, for harmoniously reaching agreement on new, two-year contracts. It took only four to six weeks to come to terms — a process that can typically take months — and virtually everyone in the city showed a willingness to sacrifice to help the city through this time of fiscal crisis.
Employees agreed to forgo cost-of-living raises and to pay more toward their pensions. Department heads also will pay more toward their pensions and can continue to take voluntary pay cuts that started in 2010.
We recognize that public employees are taking a lot of heat these days over pay and pension issues, and this is a great reminder that many workers are stepping up for the common good.
Thanks for trying to scare that bear
Up until the last minute, we had hoped the black bear frequenting neighborhoods near SLO High would take the hint and skedaddle for good. Apparently, though, backyard chicken coops proved too big a temptation. (Who knew so many SLO residents were into raising chickens?)
While we would have preferred to see the bear safely relocated, we understand why experts believed that would not have worked in this case. No brickbats, but we will deliver honeysuckle bouquets to those who did try to scare off the bear using non-lethal methods.