Beware Lyme disease
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. The SLO Lyme disease support group wants to help you protect yourself from this potentially devastating disease.
Lyme disease is a potentially devastating disease that is transmitted by the bite of a tick. Ticks are found in leaf litter, on tips of grasses and shrubs and even on the underside of picnic tables.
Recommendations include wearing long pants, tucked into boots or socks. Apply DEET to your skin, permethrin to your clothing. Examine yourself for ticks regularly.
If you find an attached tick, use tweezers to grab the tick as close to your skin as possible. Slowly pull straight out.
Early in the infection, many people experience a flu-like illness. Some people get a rash around the site of the tick bite.
More than 50 percent of people with Lyme disease don’t recall a tick bite. If you have been in a tick habitat and experience early symptoms, or if you find an attached tick, visit www.lymedisease.org for information.
Lyme disease is a growing problem in SLO County. Unfortunately, many local doctors are not trained to recognize and treat Lyme disease.
When caught early, Lyme disease is easily treated.
Untreated, it can invade any organ of the body, causing a wide variety of symptoms that mimic many other diseases.
Protect yourself from ticks. Follow-up appropriately if you are bitten. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Marla Lipshin and Carly Neubert
SLO Lyme Support Group
Can this law
I’m sure you’ve heard about it by now, but just in case you haven’t, I received a notice that reads (in part):
“Beginning in May 2012, city staff will be proactively enforcing violations of the Municipal Code. Compliance is mandatory and violations will result in a fine.”
I was told specifically by one or more members of the current City Council that enforcement would be on a complaint basis only, and that it would not necessarily result in a fine. I read the law and complained that it was not what the law said.
Gee, I guess what the law says matters, after all.
Bad law in the first place. Big Brother and the slippery slope of controlling every aspect of our lives. How much is the fine?
Does this mean that the City Council members in violation (visible trash cans as shown in The Tribune’s investigation) will now put away their cans as per the law, or are they exempt from the violations (mandatory is a fuzzy word for politicians)?
Is there anything more to tell about this newfound budget money for enforcing the trash can ordinance on the entire city?
Tell me that this was a misprint, please!
San Luis Obispo
Strong smoking law
The April 26 article “Morro Bay limits outdoor smoking, stops short of ban,” did a disservice to the strength of the smoking ban. The article focused on the banning of smoking 20 feet from all entryways, which is only one of the restrictions set forth by the ordinance. Smoking will be banned in most public places in Morro Bay including, but not limited to, dining areas, recreation areas, service areas and sidewalks.
There are some places in which smoking may be permitted. Permissible areas include private residential and multifamily homes, designated smoking areas called “Smokers’ Outposts,” and inside private automobiles when no minor child is present. It will also allow smoking when actively passing from one destination to another and when no nonsmoker is present and due to the time of day or other factors it is not reasonable to expect another person to arrive.
The San Luis Obispo County Tobacco Control Coalition was able to review the ordinance and provide feedback to the City Council at many of their meetings. The coalition congratulates Morro Bay for adopting such a strong ordinance to protect the community from second- and third-hand smoke.
San Luis Obispo County Tobacco Control Coalition Co-Chair
Faith alive and well
This letter is in response to the article from The New York Times (“We are all nuns”) and the blasphemous cartoon of our beloved Pope Benedict XVI (Voices, May 2).
Heaven spare us from the “know-it-all” secular media and dissident nuns (and clergy). We practicing Catholics know how very blessed we are to have such a wonderful pontiff in Pope Benedict XVI. We love living the Gospel life “in season and out of season.” And, we treasure our Catechism of the Catholic Church (thank you, Pope John Paul II). Pick those books up — you might learn something.
What surprises us are the rebels and the extreme tolerance of our leaders toward them. You can easily detect the dissidents because their churches are empty and their religious orders are disappearing. About 150,000 new converts to the Catholic Church in the U.S. this past Easter alone should tell you that the faith is alive and well, despite what the secular media would like you to believe.
Opposed to semesters
I read with interest the article in The Tribune concerning the apparent attempt by the CSU administration to convert these campuses to the semester system (“Quarter may no longer go far enough at Cal Poly,” May 3).
I was chair of the Cal Poly Academic Senate for two years. I believed, and still do, that the semester system is too long and wastes a great deal of what could be productive learning. On the other hand, I also believe that the quarter system is too brief. One is 16 weeks long, the other 10. I established an ad hoc committee to explore an alternative to both systems, that is, the trimester. This is not unique in academia but is so in the CSU.
Another related problem at Cal Poly is the dreaded winter quarter! There are legal holidays and other events that severely reduce that so-called 10-week quarter to nine.
Many faculty were up in arms at my proposal to do anything to the existing quarter system! The most often used excuse was that coursework and lesson plans were established and faculty were unwilling to make any effort to modify what was historical behavior. So nothing happened.
I am still opposed to the semester system and would hate to see CSU administration dictate such a change for the alleged purpose of saving money. I doubt that any real savings would be realized in a reasonable period of time.
James L. Murphy
Professor emeritus, Cal Poly
Thanks to volunteers
Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County recognized National Volunteer Week with a volunteer appreciation party to honor the Bigs and donors, who are the backbone of our organization. As our nation’s president recently reminded us, volunteering allows ordinary Americans to have a profound influence within their communities. Our celebration could not have been possible without generous community support.
We wish to thank everyone who donated time, energy and resources to the event. Thank you to: Kennedy Fitness Center for sports equipment; Costume Capers and Kelrick Productions for costumes; RTA and SLO Sheriff’s Office employees for cooking and cleaning up; science and athletics instructors for rocket launching and slack-line lessons; Cal Poly Toastmasters Club for running races; and local photographers for capturing so many amazing moments.
Finally, we express our deep appreciation to our donors, volunteer board members and fundraisers; our agency would not exist without them.
We remind all volunteers that when the president says, “With every hour and every act, our lives are made richer, our communities are drawn closer, and our country is forged stronger by the dedication and generous spirit of volunteers,” he is talking about you!
Program specialist, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County
Time to go
We must not continue our presence in Afghanistan, where we are resented and unwelcome. We must no longer use force in this country.
Carol De Hart