Kathe Tanner wrote a great article about our great-grandson, Phoenix Wilkinson, who was born with a severe compromised immune deficiency syndrome (SCID), commonly called “bubble boy syndrome.”
The name originated in the ’70s when a boy, David Vetter, was forced to live 12 years in a plastic bubble.
Following the article, we received a call from Katie Chasteen, manager of the Westside Beauty Supply at 2307 Theater Drive (by Target), Paso Robles. Katie read the article and felt a strong desire to do something for our great-grandson, Phoenix.
Chasteen decided to hold a fundraiser, and on Jan. 10, after bringing many businesses on board, raised more than $3,000 for Phoenix and made a raffle winner happy with $1,500, who very generously donated back a third of it.
We are very humbled at the generosity of Chasteen and her employers, who before this we had never met. It is amazing what one caring soul can accomplish, and we would like to thank Tanner and Chasteen, as well as each one who participated in the fundraiser. Donations are being accepted at any Heritage Oaks Bank “For the Benefit of Phoenix Wilkinson.”
Don and Mary Anderson
Hardly a triumph
I’d like to respond to recent letters to The Cambrian about Golden Rice.
Golden Rice (GR) includes a gene to produce beta-carotene, inserted through genetic engineering.
GR is intended to boost Vitamin A intake for the poor in countries such as the Philippines, where the primary food source is rice.
Work to produce GR began in Europe in 1989, supported in part by the Rockefeller Foundation. More recently, work was transferred to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines.
In March 2014, IRRI announced additional work must be done to produce a GR for government approval. Meaning: Proponents of GR have spent 25 years and millions of dollars with no GR in use and no diets improved by it.
This is hardly a triumph of genetic engineering.
Consider this: Had some of the dollars spent on the development of GR been spent instead providing beta-carotene-rich fruits and vegetables, at least some people would have been helped. And, if GR is ever put into production, it will do little to fight poverty — the root cause of Vitamin A deficiency GR is intended to alleviate.
For more information, please read Golden Rice Myths by Dr. Michael Hansen (http://perma culturenews.org/2014/03 /27/golden-rice-myths).
Why cut down trees?
The state is in a severe drought that has impacted the entire county. Not all areas have been impacted evenly.
No one can predict when or if the drought will cease. Yet the powers that be allow building to continue with the ridiculous solution to offset water use by cutting down trees.
Some have presumptuously expressed the idea that the water problem is not as bad as they have been led to believe, and also areas least impacted by the drought should be allowed to continue to build. They are gambling the drought will reverse itself before the water availability here is in dire crisis. What has happened to old-fashioned common sense?
Since this is the first time such a situation has existed, it might be prudent to wait and see what happens before any further building is allowed. Because water is a limited resource and a basic need, the supervisors need to implement an immediate building moratorium.
Any other action puts the county in a precarious position.
This should not be.
Tour of Cambria
Cambria is a wonderful place to live, with many fine restaurants, a Walking Bunch, bird watchers and lawn bowling.
There is dancing every Sunday at the Las Cambritas Restaurant at 1 p.m. And for your early cup of coffee there is the Village Bean.
In San Simeon, there is the San Simeon Bar and Grill and the renowned Hearst Castle, which has world famous painting and where, once a year, people get dressed up in period costumes.
Cambria also has a very active Lions Club, which features some fine speakers at meetings that occur Tuesday nights at 8 p.m.
Coast Union High has a sports program that has every sport you may want to watch.
Tin City, located near our hardware store, has every tool you might need.
And right in back of those businesses are places to get your car lubricated, and body work is available, too.
The walk on the East West Ranch, which I do seven days a week and where I see 40 or so Cambrians a day, is great fun, and you get some exercise too.
And in the back of the Cambrian newspaper, there are many people who paint and do repairs on your homes.