Housing for veterans
We are working to house more homeless veterans on the Central Coast and need your help. We are asking for donations of RVs to give to these veterans. When registered and insured, the veteran can drive away with their home on wheels.
Some veterans receive income, but often it’s not enough to pay for a place and have much left over. Many veterans can’t share living quarters because of medical issues. Because approximately 70 percent of veterans are disabled, they can park at state campgrounds for half price.
No liability, paperwork, staff or funding involved. And it can happen today.
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We’ve had two RVs donated already: one was given to a previously homeless male veteran, and the other to a previously homeless female veteran — both served in the Navy. The woman had been without a home for the past eight months since coming back from overseas. She now shares the RV with her daughter.
Our present goal is to find a home for a veteran who is very sick with cancer. If you know anyone who could donate an RV, please advise. My son and I do this as a joint project and earn nothing ... just giving back to our veterans who put their lives on the line for us. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Luis Obispo
It is with great pleasure that I am writing to The Tribune to share the delight I experienced May 23 from the Morro Bay High School Concert and Jazz Bands and the Los Osos Middle School Combined Concert Bands at the Christopher Cohan Center at Cal Poly.
Having lived in Santa Cruz over the past 38 years, I have attended very good high school band concerts, always a great pleasure for me. I’ve recently moved to Morro Bay, and since coming here in November, I have heard, seen and experienced incomparable, amazing, dynamic music created by our two local school bands here!
I think that director Brynn Belyea is, in his gentle, humble way, a stunning genius, in terms of the very interesting and challenging music he selects for the students to learn and play, such as the brilliant, complex compositions by Daniel Bukvich; in terms of Belyea’s skill at working with such a large collection of talented students; and in terms of Belyea’s remarkable ability to inspire these students to become totally integrated, as they work create highly complex music.
This then manifests into incredibly dramatic, vital, musical and stage performances! It is obvious to me that Brynn Belyea is completely devoted to sharing his knowledge and love of great music with our very fortunate students.
Kudos and thank you to Brynn Belyea and to all of his gifted music students!
Liberal arts utility
It is preposterous to say, “Degrees which will not result in employment should only be offered at non-tax-supported universities.” Graduates in philosophy, ethnic studies, history, English and other liberal arts subjects have regularly gone into teaching, law, social work, the ministry, journalism and other professions. Philosophy is an excellent major for law school. Medical schools look for candidates who have backgrounds in science and humanities. Liberal arts majors offer the ability to think critically, to make distinctions, and to write. These skills are supremely valuable in business and professions where knowledge of human nature is essential.
Liberal arts subjects are also vital to other majors. My late husband, a U.S. Navy engineering duty captain, was promoted because he could write and communicate. Admiral James Stockdale, a Medal of Honor recipient in the Vietnam War, said he would never have gotten through eight years as a prisoner of war without philosophy.
Furthermore, it is unconstitutional to suggest that students should be without access to liberal arts degrees in state tax-supported institutions, leaving these majors only to elite private schools.
Judy D. Saltzman-Saveker
Professor emerita, Philosophy Department, Cal Poly
Yesterday, I lost my checkbook at the DMV in Paso Robles. I didn’t miss it until Chase Bank in Paso called to tell me that someone had turned it in. It was on its own for about an hour.
We moved to North County from L.A. three years ago. If this happened there, there would have been checks written everywhere.
But, here, I’m reminded of living in a community of decent people. It was very much appreciated. Because there was no information as to who was the Good Samaritan, thank you to whomever you are. The only way I can repay my debt to the community is to strive to find a way to do a good deed for someone else as often as possible.
Reading alive and well
We are sincerely thankful we live in such a supportive community as the Five Cities. Thousands of books were donated by AAUW members, friends, family and neighbors here to our 17th Annual Book Sale, held May 19 in the Arroyo Grande Kmart parking lot. We appreciate, also, all the assistance in the book sortings, transportation, set-up of tables, volunteers at the event, and the take-down. So a big thank-you to Kmart, the Orcutt Mineral Society, Goodwill, and Ken McCall’s scout troop for help on the day of the event.
But it’s the folks who bought the thousands of good used books whom we want to especially thank. Reading is alive and well in our community. The funds from this sale all go back into the local community educational projects, advocacy for women and girls, reading projects, and scholarships to local students.
Sincerely on behalf of the 2012 AAUW Book Sale Committee,
Alice A. Addison
Co-president, AAUW Five Cities, Pismo Beach Branch
A critical canopy
The recent traumatic major tree removals at Santa Ynez and Ninth Street in Los Osos, after the loss of hundreds of trees and bushes in Los Osos in the past 30 years, inspire me to submit the following viewpoint handout to alert everyone about Audubon’s plans for removing eucalyptus and cypress trees in the Sweet Springs Nature Preserve.
People will be shocked if they believe the sign on the new east property, showing only a meandering path to the bay with tall trees intact. This area is soon going to have ongoing changes of eucalyptus tree cutting and other landscaping renovations into native plants and trees, and the addition of walkway (part boardwalk), many signs, a kiosk, benches, fences and storage shed. This project application is up for public comment.
Before making decisions on the preserve, please stay a while, savor it. Notice how nature embraces you. Look at wildlife, shapes, colors, the lighting coming through the trees which changes with the time of day, feel the breeze, breathe the air, and listen.
Hear the birds in the treetops, in the estuary, the sounds of wildlife around, ocean noises — this mingled with the neighborhood sounds of the people — people who find this nature preserve to be a critical part of their lives, a sanctuary with high canopy trees!