Bouquets and Brickbats: Good wishes for new grads

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.’’ That’s sage advice for the thousands of local high school seniors and college students who are graduating this season. As they forge their own way, we urge them to take along our specially crafted bouquet:

Bells of Ireland for good luck.

Yellow poppies for wealth and success.

Garlic for courage and strength.

Cactus for endurance.

Bluebells for humility.

Violets for modesty.

Dandelions for faithfulness and happiness.

Cattails for peace and prosperity.

And white heather for hoping all your wishes come true. Osos sewer approval very welcome

We’re sending a garland of water lilies to the state Coastal Commission for approving the Los Osos sewer project last week. If our elected officials can secure grants and low-interest loans to help pay for the $181.6 million project and defray costs for nearly 15,000 residents, we’ll send them sweet-smelling garlands too — as much as we can afford to offset the stench the sewer debate has generated over the years.

Throw the book at pranksters

We’re reserving a brickbat for the teenagers who are suspected of stringing clear packing tape across the roadway on Capistrano Avenue in Atascadero Wednesday.

Their thoughtless, mean-spirited prank left a 26-year-old man with a broken wrist and abrasions after he lost control of his motorcycle while trying to avoid the approximately waist-high tape.

Police were still investigating the incident when we went to press. If you can help identify potential suspects, call 470-3226.

Praise for rescue team’s efforts

Don Sather, one of three fishermen rescued from the surf off Moonstone Beach in Cambria on Monday, said the high wave that flipped their motorboat was “one of those freak things. None of us saw it coming ”

Fortunately for them, the North Coast Ocean Rescue Team acted quickly, delivering them back to shore within about half an hour, then righting their boat and dragging it back safely too.

The men had nothing but praise for the rescue team, which is operated by the Cambria Fire Department and responds to ocean emergencies from Morro Bay to the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse.

For their fine efforts, we’re tossing them an aquatic bouquet.