Support marine sanctuary
We are at a crossroads regarding the responsible protection of our oceans of the world. In a word, our oceans are in danger of dying in the not-to-distant future, unless we take mitigating actions.
We as a coastal community can do our part by supporting the establishment of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary proposed off our Central Coast waters.
We are graced with some of the most beautiful shorelines in the world. The past few months, we have been watching a breathtaking display of whales, dolphins, aquatic birds and other marine life. We need to take action to preserve this for future generations.
National Marine Sanctuaries are not only good for the environment, but they stimulate the economy. Restaurants, hotels, aquariums, boat tours, kayak operators, sport fishing, surfing and other forms of aquatic tourist activities all benefit from a clean and healthy ocean.
It is estimated that the National Marine Sanctuaries in the U.S.A. generate $4 billion annually. Marine sanctuaries are designed to prevent overfishing, and ongoing studies indicate that depleted fish populations have increased in protected areas.
It is imperative that we act now. There are already pressures to open up our coast for offshore oil and gas development. Look no further south than Santa Barbara to see the potential for negative impacts from damaged pipelines.
In the profound words of Walt Whitman: “After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality and so on — and have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear — what remains. Nature remains.”
If you would like more information, go to ChumashSanctuary.com. The time is now.
Morem always seemed accessible
I was saddened to learn of Bill Morem’s passing at such a “young” age. He did so much good work for this community before he retired.
I talked with him a few times but didn’t know him well. He was always cordial. When Dan De Vaul needed help, he ran a column about my efforts to raise money for him in a unique way. He was also a supporter of Hopes Village and knew Becky Jorgeson (the founder) from childhood, I believe.
As an editor, he always seemed to be accessible.
He once told me that the letters column was read by more people than the sports pages. I don’t know whether this is true, but it’s nice to know that anyone who can write cogently about an important subject can get some attention still — in either the printed version of the paper or the online version.
That’s another example of democracy in action. And even today, writing a letter may sometimes be more powerful than posting on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
William L. Seavey
Hopefully, most you have heard of my charity “Bikes for Tikes.” We refurbish unwanted bikes and distribute them to needy children and adults throughout the county. It is that time of year again when I particularly need bikes for the December holidays.
Last year, I distributed 63 bikes. Recipients included the San Luis Obispo Battered Women’s Shelter, Prado Homeless Shelter, Grass Roots II, Womenade, Community Action Partnership of SLO, Family Care Network and several churches and our local schools. Many bikes went to needy families in Cambria, especially during the holidays.
Most of us have the fond memory of ourselves, our children or grandchildren getting the first taste of independence by riding a small bike alone. I would like to make the opportunity available to as many children as possible. As for adults, especially in this economy, there are many in our county who are without transportation, and a bicycle is sorely needed.
This year, I received several communications from recipients expressing their gratitude. One 8-year-old boy told me that he always felt left out playing with other kids after school until he received his bike. A social worker told me that a women with Asperger syndrome who received a bike needed one as part of her treatment plan. A homeless woman told me the bike her daughter received last Christmas helped her lose weight. She said her daughter was considering participating in high school sports since her weight was in better control.
Please note I do not accept cash donations but can always use bikes new or used of all sizes and helmets. I am hopeful that some of you who are reading this will donate your used bike or perhaps a new bike to Bikes for Tikes
Thank you again.
Bikes for Tikes, Cambria
Sopranos’ success brings thanks
Dear Cambria music lovers,
Thank you so much for your wonderful response to our September concert at Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre.
“Seasons” was our most challenging program to date. We asked the audience to take a journey across musical genres with us, a journey that was embraced by so many.
Music, like any of the arts, can be exceedingly complex and wonderfully simple. Our goal as a group is to blend these two and present them in a way that both challenges and entertains the audience.
We are so happy to have an audience here on the Central Coast that supports us, Mary, Melanie, Karen and I are grateful for this gift.
Three Sopranos and a Piano