Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 3/8

Importance of blood

Every three seconds, somebody in the United States is in need of a blood transfusion, and because of that, there are many blood shortages, even though donors can give blood every two months. It is crucial that everyone is aware of the extreme importance of donating blood and that hospitals make it well-known when they are holding blood drives.

If you are a healthy adult (age 17 or older and in good health) you may be eligible to donate blood. The best part about donating is that you are not only saving lives, but you might lower your risk for heart attacks.

Many people have misconceptions about donating blood that are simply not true. One of them is that someone can contract HIV or another disease, but that is impossible because they use new needles for every single person.

If our community doesn’t start to become more involved in donating blood and there is some kind of natural disaster, thousands of people could die from a blood shortage. Imagine that you’re the next person admitted into the hospital, and they suddenly run out of blood.

Chelsea Kern

San Luis Obispo

Enjoy the Dunes

The push to find some reason to close the Oceano Dunes continues.

I suppose we could try to become like Monterey by building a sturdier, longer boardwalk with shops crowded together using every inch of space — selling, selling, selling.

“What a fun day at the beach. I bought all kinds of souvenirs.”

Somehow, developers would find a way to build homes all over the Dunes. Maybe we could have a 17-mile drive and charge people to look at expensive homes that most of us couldn’t afford. The homes would not emit an odor, and their sewer problems would naturally be nonexistent.

Maybe a butterfly palace would appear where nature was organized, trapped and “saved,” and we could walk around gazing at nature and marveling that it all survived before without our help.

I don’t doubt that dune buggies can stop emitting pollutants. Wouldn’t it be better to improve what is giving so many people pleasure and bringing families to the beach to do things together than to constantly strive to eliminate other people’s fun?

I’m not a dune buggy fan, but I like our beaches being used and enjoyed.

Betty Clemens

Pismo Beach

Green footprints

It has been 40 years since the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. It was intended to raise awareness and change how we dealt with environmental concerns of the 1960s.

We face even greater perils today. One thing we’ve learned is that each person can make a difference. The Earth Day Alliance is asking individuals and organizations throughout San Luis Obispo County to “put your green footprint forward” to reduce climate change.

Signups for this fun community and result-oriented campaign are taking place right now. Individuals, families and organizations like nonprofits, for-profits, government departments and agencies, clubs, schools and churches can register the steps they will take to be part of the the solution this spring at www.earthdayalliance.com or call 544-8529.

The action part of “put your green footprint forward” will kick off on the first day of spring, March 20, at Meadow Park at 1 p.m. All participants will be recognized at Earth Day San Luis Obispo on April 24. Create an even larger green footprint by becoming an Earth Day San Luis Obispo sponsor, exhibitor or volunteer.

Sandra Marshall

Executive Director, Earth Day Alliance, Inc.

Free Doc’s thanks

I want to give a big thank you to all the unions who sponsored free ice cream for those who came to Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab on Feb. 26. The unions showed the public that not all unions cause these sort of problems (“Lining up to support Doc,” Feb. 27).

Second, I am busting with pride for our Central Coast people. Thank you to each of you who showed up and were willing to stand in line for up to 20 minutes in order to get your ice cream. Thank you for showing your support for us and for getting to know these unions. You are very special, and that includes those who couldn’t be there. Be proud of yourselves, and thanks again.

Kathy Trosper