Support day service
I was happy to see Phil Dirkx’s column give Templeton’s Adult Day Services the praise that it deserves (“Memory loss is tough on caregivers,” Sept. 10).
My dad, a 67-year-old with dementia, spends three days a week there and loves every minute of “his work.” He adores the fun-loving staff who keep him intellectually stimulated and entertained. My siblings and I appreciate that he is in a safe environment where he is treated with respect and compassion.
Our community is so fortunate to have this service — something that families dealing with Alzheimer’s and dementia desperately need. Please support Adult Day Services in whatever way you can.
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Is the Labor Day weekend over? Is it safe for us to go out the door? You’ve heard that little jingle of our law enforcement agencies: Avoid the 14.
That’s correct, 14 agencies were out in full force to ensure you don’t fall down and go boom, stepping on our rights at great expense to the tax-payer.
Most egregious are the road blocks, holding up traffic, sticking a flashlight in your face and violating your privacy. I can’t for the life of me understand why we tolerate this violation of our Constitution.
Remember 20 or 30 years ago when you could go out and have a good time on Labor Day? Maybe we can go back to those good old days. Until then, avoid the 14.
A local television station recently showed me photos of two dogs and a cat. Those animals had needs. They were homeless. The television announcer asked me to help.
I have a vacant guest house. When will television and radio stations describe a homeless man or woman (not animals) who needs my help?
County Child Protective Services has a list of qualified homes trusted to give a child temporary shelter.
Is there a list of qualified home owners who can be trusted to give temporary shelter to a homeless family?
Forgive me for being skeptical of President Barack Obama’s current answer to the lagging economy. Less than two months before midterm elections, he wants another stimulus plan (“Obama aims to boost jobs,” Sept. 7).
He proposes $50 billion to build roads and railways. Does this include the “shovel ready” projects that were included in the first $780 billion stimulus? He says it is going to create jobs immediately. White House aides then conceded that it would not create jobs until next year.
Their economic plans remind me of the historic exploration by Christopher Columbus. When Columbus set out for the new world, he really didn’t know where he was going. When he arrived on our shores, he didn’t know where he was. When he returned home, he didn’t know where he had been, and he did it all on someone else’s money.
Enough Palin hatred
Enough already with the constant spewing of hatred toward Sarah Palin (Regarding Gail Collins’ column titled, “Sarah Palin’s amazing race,” Sept. 4).
There is no doubt in my mind that New York Times writers don’t like Palin, even though a lot of the people in the country do. Maybe Collins is jealous because Palin has a larger following than she does. No surprise there!
No Dunes vehicles
We pay great respect to stupidity. We appoint committees and sub-committees, appropriate funds and waste time, all in an effort to solve the consequences of behavior that is distinguished by a lack of intelligence.
The most recent and compelling example is the decision to “discuss” the problem of Oceano Dunes. The concept of a “recreational” combustion machine on the beach (or anywhere) is one that is incompatible with nature and with common sense.
Given current concerns about the health of the planet and the populace, there is nothing to discuss. The county needs the collective gumption to simply say “no” to vehicles on the beach. The cost of stupidity far outweighs the economy of intelligence.
M. Power Giacoletti
A safer ride for dogs
Personally, I hate seeing dogs in the back of pickup trucks because I know what can happen to them.
For you folks out there who insist on putting dogs back there, here is the law. Please obey it.
Animals carried in the back of pick-up trucks must be safely enclosed within a secured cage, cross tether, harness or other device that will prevent the animal from falling, jumping or being thrown from the truck in an accident (California Vehicle Code Section 23117). It does not apply to the transportation of a dog for purposes associated with ranching or farming.
Cross tether does not mean one leash where a dog can spook, jump out and hang itself. It means tethered to both sides of the truck.
San Luis Obispo