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PHP is asking for help

After 30 some-odd years of all volunteer services to Los Osos-Baywood Park through distribution of donated food items, lending medical equipment and assistance to the short- or long-term hard-pressed of our communities, People Helping People (PHP) is asking for your assistance.

The passing of one of our longtime volunteers requires that PHP secure additional storage space to house donations to our annual spring and fall rummage sales. An unused corner of your garage, storage shed or any space secure from the elements will be considered and is appreciated.

PHP also has volunteer opportunities in office assistance and medical equipment inspection and cleaning and we can always use some young, strong muscles for occasional transport to and from storage areas.

You will know that your storage space, time or muscle donation is working locally, inside your own community.

The PHP office is located in the South Bay Community Center and is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, please call 528-2626.

Carol Cribbs

People Helping People

Incensed by bias

Every time I read your newspaper, I get incensed by its liberal bias. The Associated Press piece on Rush Limbaugh is a good example (“Rush Limbaugh taken to hospital,” Dec. 31). Yes, it reported his recent hospitalization, but ended the story with a diatribe about him losing his hearing due to an autoimmune disease and his addiction to pain killers.

This isn’t news, it happened several years ago and he faced it head-on. Why wouldn’t AP end the article with recent news about his award by Adweek for being the Radio Personality of the Decade?

Bill Nicholson

Pismo Beach

Thanks, CCFC

The South County Youth Coalition would like to take this opportunity to gratefully acknowledge and thank the members of the Central Coast Funds for Children for their generous donation.

It is our goal to empower and support the youth and families in the South County, and these funds will go a long way in helping us achieve this goal.

The Central Coast Funds for Children is an outstanding organization. We are proud to partner with them in our mission to help children in our community.

Laurie Morgan

South County Youth Coalition

Volcker’s the guy

Paul Volcker is the head of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. After watching his interview on bloomberg.com on Dec. 13, it is my opinion, that Volcker has an astute understanding of this country’s financial condition. He has answers that will help get us out of this mess. He also has valid solutions to reduce the possibility of this situation or worse from happening again. It is my conviction that anyone who does not give his words the weight they deserve has bovine dung for brains.

Randy Mather


Honoring Montalban

Judy Salamacha’s column “Finding a family for all seasons” (Dec. 21) mentioned a presentation I made for the Morro Bay chapter of the Retired Active Men (RAMs) organization. Readers are led to believe that I am a member, but I am not.

Over the last few months, I’ve had the pleasure of addressing different RAMs chapters about the life of my late father, actor Ricardo Montalban, but just as a guest. Sharing information about dad has helped me immensely in dealing with the pain of his passing. 

The RAMs audiences have been very appreciative and warm toward me. I’ve noticed that the average member is old enough to recall the breadth of my father’s career, beyond just “the plane, the plane” and “fine Corinthian leather.” They remember the MGM musicals, my dad’s considerable dancing talent and the movies “Battleground,” “Sayonara” and “Across the Wide Missouri.”

I’ve enjoyed my time with the RAMs members, and who knows, maybe I’ll wind up joining them as a member someday. The opportunity for camaraderie clearly is evident at their weekly luncheons.

By the way, my father passed away Jan. 14, not the ninth, as indicated in the column.

Vic Montalban

San Luis Obispo

Don’t cut Medicare

I am a senior living on less than $400 a month after rent and my PG&E bill. Deduct from that my cable bill, 20 percent medical bills over the Medicare amount it pays, laundry expenses, gas and car expenses.

Please, don’t take anything away from the Medicare. Instead, Medicare recipients who are under poverty level should not have to pay a monthly payment and should not have to pay a deductible.

What happened to the original? Everyone covered and all of the good things that have been stripped from this bill?

R.M. Daugherty

San Luis Obispo