Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 12/3

Leave autos out

I am writing with regard to the vehicles that are allowed on the Oceano Dunes.

I am currently visiting from Canada, making my way down the West Coast. I had the pleasure of a nice walk to the Oceano beach recently from a remote spot and was surprised as we approached the ocean to see that trucks and cars were zipping around on the sand.

I have always thought of beaches as pedestrian-friendly areas that are generally free of the exhaust and disruption of cars. Even Baker Beach in San Francisco respects the concept of the beach being a sanctuary for play and relaxation, an escape from the bustle of car-culture and everyday life.

For me, cars represent a sense of urgency that is reflected in the way that contemporary society conducts itself. They represent consumerism and a disregard for the environment.

Cars do not belong in recreational areas that would normally encourage sports and physical exercise, movement, fresh air and a moment with nature.

Let’s keep our quiet peaceful moments by the ocean quiet and peaceful. The ocean is a powerful and beautiful thing and should not have to contend with cars.

Adrienne Mak

Nelson, British Columbia

Generosity noted

The Christmas in November committee and Central Coast Funds for Children would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the individuals and businesses that made our recent event such a huge success. As a result, we will be able to make significant donations to organizations that aid children in San Luis Obispo County.

Underwriting was provided by Founders Community Bank, San Luis Trust Bank, Express Employment Professionals and San Luis Obispo Realty, as well as private individuals.

Designer trees and fashions were provided by Art of Flowers, Fortini’s, Los Osos Rexall, Tails Pet Boutique, Lina G./All the Trimmings, Willis & Bennett, My Favorite Things Boutique at the Madonna Inn, Ann’s, The Silver Seahorse, The Sea Barn, Moondoggie’s, Chico’s, Eco Bambino and Matthew Taylor’s.

Other generous donations included a beautiful door prize from Ian Saudé, music by harpist Penny Beaver, a beautifully decorated Christmas tree by Nina Cattaneo and makeup for the models by Kim Brown & Co.

Additionally, a special “finale” was provided by Terry Treves, Tails Pet Boutique and Foxy Doxies Rescue Society.

The generosity and support of our community and our hardworking members is greatly appreciated.

Ann Whitehead, Alethea Justus, Linda Butler and Virginia Yasumoto

Christmas in November co-chairs