Dunes need real friends

The Friends of Oceano Dunes have dressed up as environmentalists. They have sued, once again, our local agencies and the California Coastal Commission accused of not protecting the sensitive habitat and endangered species on the Oceano Dunes.

Those Friends of Oceano Dunes run over snowy plovers and steelheads, pollute the air we breathe, endanger pedestrians and children on our beach, and on top of it all, they sue us.

They are not friends. Fellow residents, please speak up against this farce, the injustice done against Oceano Beach and Mesa's residents, and our elected officials who are doing nothing to help us.

Please attend the public hearing on Monday, Nov. 13, at 9 a.m. in the County Government Center, Board of Supervisors chambers.

Lucia Casalinuovo

Oceano

Thankful for the Civil War

All the candidates for governor of the great state of California should note, the Constitution states in Article I, Section 18: " Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, unless for the punishment of crime, shall ever be tolerated in this state."

Will you support legislation to eliminate this slavery exception clause in our state constitution? The current White House has recently expressed that the Civil War could have been avoided if there had been compromise. If I remember my history lessons from high school, there was compromise. The compromise was, slavery would continue to be permitted in the southern states. Thank God for the Civil War! If the North had not won the Civil War, I'd be a slave today!

Jeffery Hall

Lompoc

Thank you for giving to White Cane Days

We would like to express our deepest thanks to all who gave coins and bills, large and small, to members of the Santa Maria Noontimers Lions Club during our recent White Cane Days.

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We also want to thank the South Broadway Branch of Rabobank and the South Broadway FoodMaxx for permitting us to collect donations outside their businesses. Every penny of the contributions we received was given directly to the local Lions Sight Conservation Foundation of Santa Maria.

For the past 25 years, the Lions Sight Conservation Foundation has been providing vision screening exams at most schools in the Santa Maria Valley and at health fairs and community events. Last year, Lion members screened nearly 10,000 students and adults.

After initial testing, those that are determined to need further screening are referred to local optometrists with whom the Foundation partners. Through the relationship with these optometrists, the Foundation can provide corrective lenses at little or no charge to those who are financially and medically eligible.

In addition, the Foundation collects used eyeglasses which are reconditioned elsewhere and distributed to needy individuals. If you have any prescription or reading glasses you no longer need, they can be dropped off at any local Rabobank and most optometrist offices.

If you would like further information about the Foundation or wish to make a tax-deductible donation, please write us at PO Box 6293, Santa Maria, CA 93456, or you can email us at LionsSCFoundationSM@gmail.com.

Thank you again, Santa Maria, for showing us that we live in a caring community!

Laura Selken, President

Santa Maria Noontimers Lions Club

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