On Oct. 6, a group of about 200 injured Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans will be cycling through San Luis Obispo County as part of their physical and mental rehabilitation.
The people of San Luis Obispo County will have an opportunity to say thank you to those who have served our country well and have been injured in the process.
At around 1 p.m., the veterans, plus the San Luis Obispo Bike Club and Cal Poly Wheelmen, will be leaving the Rabobank parking lot on Santa Rosa Street and heading up toward the downtown area.
Please join the Cal Poly ROTC in front of the county courthouse on Monterey Street or along Higuera Street to cheer for the veterans as they ride their bikes through downtown.
Following, there will be a dinner provided for the injured veterans, sponsored in part by the Greater Pismo Beach Kiwanis Club and Branch Street Deli.
If you would like to say thank you by co-sponsoring a dinner for one of the soldiers, send a $10 check written to “Fitness Challenge Foundation,” P.O. Box 764, Pismo Beach, CA 93448. Please include a short note and we will make sure the soldiers receive notes with their meals.
For more information, please go to www.ride2recovery.com.
Poor Yessica! Having to work to pay for her iTunes and fashionable clothes (“At 16, she shoulders a hefty share of adult responsibilities,” Sept. 17)!
A short time ago, children were expected to work on the family farms, the family businesses and to contribute to the family welfare.
At 10 years old, I had my own paper route.
At 12 years old, I was babysitting and house cleaning. At 14 years old, I was working as a clerk in a department store and at 16 years old, I graduated from high school and found a full-time job as a secretary. I now have two college degrees.
I am white, American and a fourth-generation Californian. I look on your series with little sympathy.
Edna B. Pace
Break the logjam
This is the season when outraged Americans enjoy “voting the bums out!” Voter anger, however, in times of extreme political polarization, often results in governmental paralysis, as currently evidenced by California.
In this toxic atmosphere, the “far right” manipulates the polarized electorate and the “far left” mocks it. Stalemate results.
To break this logjam, we must once again grasp the proposition, evident since President Abraham Lincoln’s time, that we are a “liberal” democratic republic run by “conservative” principles.
These words should unite us, not enrage us. Genuine progress comes from the hard work of harmonizing the best “progressive” and “conservative” ideas for the common good.
Those who choose to hold or foment extreme beliefs kill the promise of America in their own hearts. Their polarizing certainties, fueled by religion, ideology or material greed, belong in the dustbin of history. Then our cherished government, as Lincoln said, “shall not perish from the Earth.”
San Luis Obispo