Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 12/26

New Year’s Eve Fun

Looking for something new and exciting for this New Year’s Eve? Here are some suggestions:

Hike up to a mountain top with a picnic dinner and watch the city lights (Take good flashlights and dress warm).

Have some friends over for a pot luck. Ask each person to bring an ethnic dish representing their heritage and at midnight, have each person sing the national anthem of their country.

Have members of your own family over and have each bring copies of their favorite humorous family story. Staple them together to make a funny family book. Then read them aloud at midnight.

Take your wife out dancing (When is the last time you’ve been dancing?).

Get an hour night flight at the Oceano airport and bring in the New Year’s viewing our beautiful city lights from the air.

Get two of your favorite comedy movies and bring in the New Year with laughter. Dress in the era the movies were made like the ’70s for the Pink Panther series.

If you don’t think you’ll make it to midnight, have a New York New Year’s at 9 p.m.; it will be just as fun.

Helen Saulsbury

Arroyo Grande

Getting a lot for a little

The flurry of the holiday season may leave little time for reflection, especially in these complicated and difficult times. Adopting a joyful perspective and making an effort to connect with other people can cost little or nothing, but will produce warm and satisfying rewards.

Let’s hear it for volunteerism. Helping others can start during childhood, especially if families practice thoughtful works with their children.

Generous acts performed in high school and college can extend throughout a lifetime.

In a recent Tribune article, Bob Cuddy described residents of a senior facility working with the Food Bank Coalition (Age is not a factor in the ability to give back, Nov. 17). The volunteer work done by these seniors brought them cheer and the awareness that they are contributing.

One of my volunteer activities is Senior Peer Counseling, which provides free in-home counseling to those over age 60 who are experiencing emotional distress. It’s hard to describe what a privilege it is to be there with our clients, often at turning points in their lives.

Another bonus is connecting with the leaders and other volunteers in the Senior Peer Counseling Program — a group of wise and caring people. For more information, call 547-7025 extension 15.

Donna Sullivan

Pismo Beach

Help for the homeless

Thank you for your editorial, “Don’t forget others’ help for homeless” that ran on Dec. 2. One of those “others” is the Interfaith Coalition for the Homeless (ICH), an organization made up of twelve churches and Congregation Beth David. Each month, on a rotating basis, a church or the synagogue provides overnight shelter for women, children and men who are part of family units, thus providing a safe, welcoming environment for them. It helps open beds at the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter on Orcutt Road to more single men.

Regretfully, even with the ICH venues and the Shelter operating at full capacity, homeless persons must be frequently turned away for lack of a bed. As the city and county look for ways to deal with this heartbreaking and seemingly intractable problem, you can help with only some of your time. Call the shelter at 541-6351, extension 812 for more information.

Bob Christenson

San Luis Obispo

‘No cost’ enviro options?

In his letter, Greg Hoffman (A moot point, Dec. 17) asserts that even if anthropogenic global warning (AGW) turns out not to be true, acting as if it was real will lead to a cleaner environment, so what’s the problem? This is an incomplete analysis and points to the need for an unbiased critical presentation of the facts regarding AGW, not just global warming.

Carbon dioxide is hardly an inherently toxic pollutant. Indeed, until a few months ago, it wasn’t even a pollutant. As desirable as it may be, reducing carbon emissions is not a free choice. Doing so will likely increase levels of other pollutants that are unquestionably more toxic and deadly than carbon dioxide.

For example, batteries for hybrids require nickel, cadmium and other confirmed toxic heavy metals. Catalysts for fuel cells use highly toxic compounds. Nuclear energy already has a waste storage problem. Even increasing hydropower has its environmental impacts, although much less toxic than the above.

Unnecessarily reducing carbon dioxide emissions at the expense of increasing the amounts of other exceedingly toxic pollutants is not the “no-cost” environmental option some propose.

Mike Zarowitz


A ‘thank you’ from CASA

In San Luis Obispo County, several hundred abused and neglected children are dependents of the juvenile court. Many are in foster care and the holiday season can be an especially sad time for these children. In spite of the difficult economic times, Court Appointed Special Advocates for children of San Luis Obispo County has been overwhelmed with donations of toys, books and bicycles.

CASA would like to thank those who brighten the holidays for these children:

Steve Wiess and employees at Century 21, Limberg Eye Surgery, city of San Luis Obispo employees, Christine Cornejo, Toys for Tots, the Sheriff Department’s Bike Restoration Program, Barnes & Noble and their customers, Central Coast Surfboards, Juvenile Court holiday party, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Trader Joe’s, Judge and Mrs. Hugh Mullin, Alcove Gift Shop, Jess Hawley, Mary Holliday, Autumn Povey, Knudson Family, Melinda Lynch, Lanita Cassell, Karen Hardman, Sandy Carroll, Janet Walker, Trish Murley, Vicki McPartland, Cathy Marvier and the Kennedy family. We also want to thank our Guild members who spent hours wrapping the gifts.

More than 100 children in San Luis Obispo County have a CASA volunteer advocate, a consistent, caring adult who will speak for them in court and advocate for needed services. Happy holidays and a peaceful new year.

Teresa Tardiff

Executive Director, CASA

Dismayed over conflict

I am shocked and dismayed that social issues take a back-seat to what is deemed legally correct. Compassion is a critical element in caring for the needs of the homeless. Dan De Vaul opened his heart and his home to those who needed him the most. How can we ever consider ourselves a county of caring, when we have such critical spirits?

Carol Phillips

Communications Director, Transitional Food and Shelter, Inc.