Food drive Saturday
This Saturday, letter carriers nationwide will be picking up your food donations as they deliver your letters and parcels. This will be the 20th anniversary of America’s largest oneday food drive. Last year’s drive collected more than 70 million pounds of food, bringing the 20 year total to more than 1.1 billion pounds.
The donations collected locally stay local. Although this is a nationally coordinated event, part of that coordination is working at the local level to distribute this food within the communities that donate. This Saturday in San Luis Obispo County will be no different, as volunteers will be working with postal employees to get this food to our local food banks.
While America is place of great wealth, it is also a place of great need. As with much of the world, America is still climbing out of the Great Recession. It is vital we realize that more than 15 percent of American families still struggle to find food and that this affects more than 20 percent of children younger than the age of 18.
Please join with me this Saturday, and make a generous donation to help bridge this gap.
USPS letter carrier, San Luis Obispo
For the people
I want to thank Jamie Irons for being the only mayoral candidate to stand with the people of Morro Bay in opposing the proposed development of Cerrito Peak.
In his statement on the issue at the May 1 candidate forum, Irons was clear that denying the project would not have denied the developer his property rights; it would only have denied him the right to build that particular project. He would be free to return to the city with another proposal at any time.
The permitted plan was granted many exceptions, including a giveaway of public lands for private use, and should have been rejected by the council.
Other problems include serious concerns about damage to neighboring properties, destruction of an Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area, desecration of a Native American sacred site, numerous violations of local codes and variances as well as violations of the California Coastal Act and CEQA.
I’m voting for Jamie Irons because we need a mayor who respects the law and represents the people as opposed to one who rewards special interests and favors personal relations.
Once again The Tribune shows its lack of professionalism with its editorial supporting the water pipeline from Santa Maria to the Nipomo Mesa.
This undemocratic vote was very flawed at best and should be investigated by the county grand jury for voter fraud.
Votes were “given” to developers for each imaginary future project regardless of county growth plans and restrictions on development.
If this ridiculous project had passed, it would have resulted in no supplemental water for the Mesa area and a horrendous financial burden for the Lucia Mar school district.
The supervisors should be held accountable for this travesty of the democratic process.
Entitled to equality
Thank you, Mr. President, for taking a personal stand for gay marriage — for equal rights under the laws of this nation.
I am more than 60 years old. I have paid enormous amounts of taxes as well as contributions to Social Security, as has my partner. She and I have been “married” in our hearts and in our commitments for 10 years.
If I die, my partner should inherit anything we have accumulated as a couple without being taxed on that inheritance. If we are on vacation and I land in a hospital, I want her at my side as my nearest relative — no matter which state we are visiting.
If one of us passes, the other deserves to inherit the $200 Social Security provides to the remaining spouse to offset burial costs. The laws applying to “civil marriage” are abundant. Sadly the bigotry and discrimination in this nation against gay and lesbian people are equally as abundant.
To those of you against gay marriage I say you have the right to: worship as you please in your church; personally judge me and condemn me to hell if that is your belief; don’t sit next to me on a bus or allow me to attend your neighborhood party.
However, as a citizen of this great nation, I am entitled to equal rights and protections under the laws of this great land. I commend President Obama for making a personal stand for equality.
Not a marriage
God created our world and the universe. He gave us a “Manufacturer’s Handbook” (the Bible) to help us live a comfortable life on this earth with a excellent retirement plan to follow. If you choose to live a life contrary to the Handbook instructions, your life on this earth will be full of struggles and the retirement plan you wouldn’t choose.
Marriage as defined by God (and Noah Webster) is between a man and a woman: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and they shall become one flesh” Genesis 2:24 and Matthew 19:5.
President “Obama backs same-sex marriage,” your headline reads. He wants to go against the instructions of our Handbook for a good life and against ancient social mores (Noah Webster.)
Maybe he means two people of the same sex should be allowed to live together like being married and have the same rights and privileges as married couples in our society. Most of us would agree, but don’t call it a marriage. Call it anything else, but not a marriage, which it’s not.
Freedom to choose
As people offer their opinions on the issue of same-sex marriage, there is one thing that I believe is missing from the discussion. There is an issue of freedom involved.
Let me make this clear, I believe in the truth of the Bible, which clearly states that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that husbands are supposed to honor their wives, as wives are supposed to honor their husbands.
That being said, here is where the issue of freedom comes in: People are being told they cannot marry a person of the same sex because it is against the foundations of how the United States was developed. However, do we not have the freedom to choose how we speak or act in accordance with the laws of this country? Does that mean that there is no freedom to choose to marry a person of the same sex?
Ultimately, the Lord will decide, because He is in control, what the outcome of same-sex marriage will be on those who choose to participate in that kind of relationship.
As we approach Memorial Day, I would like to take this time to honor my precious Vietnam veteran and many other veterans who suffer from PTSD and the effects of Agent Orange.
Tony Edsall, my husband, was so full of life! He knew no strangers! He loved God, family and country. He worked hard, taught Sunday school, led the choir and coached Little League. Agent Orange began attacking his organs. He also was legally blind.
In March 2011, he was admitted to Arroyo Grande Hospital. A tragic fall happened. He was sent to Sierra Vista on life support. Tony went to heaven March 27, 2011.
Thank you, Sierra Vista CCU staff, for your compassion . Thank you, Marshall-Spoo, for your donation to York’s Children Foundation. Thank you, Dr. Karen Kolba, for your donation to the ACR Research Foundation. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. James Fringer for your donation to Wounded Warriors. All in memory of Tony. Thank you, Hospice of SLO, Anita Moreno, who still helps me through the pain.
Tony was the love of my life. He was priceless. Because of my husband’s tragic fall, I’m striving to advocate hospital safety, so positive change can occur in the memory of my beloved husband.
Thank you to all the veterans, servicemen and women for your service. “All gave some; some gave all!”