Grateful to Gas Co.
I would just like to give recognition and thanks to the Southern California Gas Company for their patience and good will in these hard times.
I’m not sure if anyone else has noticed, but I personally have been up to three months behind on my gas bill more than once (last) year and they did not shut it off or even send out a single notice, contrary to all the other utility companies!
Thank you Southern California Gas Company for caring about the people. You truly have a much higher standard that all should take note and follow.
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Thanks to Twin Cities
I recently recovered from a monthlong bout with an unexpected illness. I was held captive by my illness at Twin Cities Community Hospital for the better part of three weeks.
Having gone through that experience, I cannot say enough good things about the staff that nursed me back to good health. Without exception, they were the most patient, caring, attentive health care givers I could ever have imagined.
In my mind, there are three types of patients: Those who need more attention than they ask for, those who ask for more attention than they need and the vast majority who are between the two. Due to my illness and the type of person my wife says I am, I probably fell into the second category.
The staff at the hospital always responded cheerfully and in a timely manner. Yes, I know, I was awakened at all hours of the night to have blood drawn, to take pills and all of that, but every time, they were the least intrusive they could be.
To the staff, aides, technicians, etc., I just wanted to offer an expression of gratitude.
The Atascadero American Association of University Women is pleased to announce that we will be offering a $2,000 scholarship to a local woman this year to continue her college education.
To be eligible, the woman needs to have successfully completed one or more years of college and live in the Templeton, Atascadero or Santa Margarita areas.
A local high school graduate is also eligible if she is attending college in another area. The application form is available on the Atascadero American Association of University Women website and the due date for these applications is March 30.
A special thank you goes to the Brickyard Theater for providing us with an outstanding opportunity for fundraising for this purpose. We appreciate all the community support that enabled us to offer this scholarship.
American Association of University Women scholarship chair
Last year, six restaurants closed in Atascadero, yet everybody is saying we need more restaurants in town (“Atascadero to guarantee eatery loans,” Jan. 3)! The moon is made of green cheese too.
I would like to clarify some things from my last letter to the editor (“Teacher stress,” Dec. 29).
I am a retired teacher. I was offering practical help to Jim Gregory, a practice I used to lighten my teaching load. I paid students to help me check tests, not grade them, as one letter writer stated.
These writers’ diatribes were irresponsible rants, using me as a scapegoat for their anger against school systems that have to overload teachers because of lack of funding, a situation that is nothing new. Teachers have faced that for decades, if not forever, and the letter writers’ tantrums won’t change the situation.
My suggestion, on the other hand, was a partial solution I personally used when teaching. And, by the way, I certainly would offer my help to any teacher if I were physically able.
All the best, Justin
On the occasion of the recent announcement of the sale of Justin Winery, I’d like to thank Justin and Debbie Baldwin for all of their philanthropic work with cancer survivors and for being such great neighbors all these years.
They have always been generous with their time, willing to share advice and support and never “too big” to help a neighbor. I remember well one time my son had slid off the road during a snowstorm and Justin took time to stop on the road and offer to send a tractor all the way to our place to pull us out.
I wish them well and thank them for all they have done for Adelaida and the local wine industry.
Dinner a success
I think the Jewish community in the greater San Luis Obispo area should be commended for providing a beautiful dinner for our homeless citizens on Christmas Day. All of this was done amidst a huge rainstorm.
All the food was donated and prepared by the volunteers and then served. A band played during and after dinner, and the homeless citizens could go into a large tent that had been set up and get a new sleeping bag, hooded sweatshirt, other clothes and supplies — all, again, donated by generous people.
All of this was not an easy task in this time of economic stress. Thanks to everyone who helped and donated.
San Luis Obispo