Archive » November 30, 2007
By SYVJ Staff
First I would like to commend the publisher for straightforward information concerning our valley. Her comments are a breath of fresh air. We have not had a candid community advocate since Fil Condit.
Secondly, Mr. Pappas should confine his commentary to something of which he has personal experience or knowledge. The Veterans Administration is an unwieldy arm of the federal government and as such must follow template rules and procedures that do not fit everyone.
“Service connected status” is not easily obtained nor should it be. I am fortunate to have that status and it took several years to obtain. The care I receive is excellent. The new clinic in Santa Maria is quite nice and makes care for north County residents much easier.
The veteran who does not have a service connected problem, or does not fit the financial condition template, will not be considered for treatment. Those veterans receiving treatment must be tolerant of the slow moving federal giant of Veterans Affairs. They do move — but very slowly.
LeRoy C. Newsom
Perhaps you are considering giving a cat or dog as a Christmas gift. I ask you to please reconsider. Holidays are a particularly stressful time of year to introduce a new pet. More importantly, adopting a pet should be a joint family decision. A pet could live 20 years, so a lifetime commitment is necessary. Family members must decide whether or not they’re willing to invest the time, money and energy necessary to responsibly raise a pet.
In lieu of a cat or dog, please consider giving a gift certificate to be honored after Christmas. At our county shelters you can adopt a vaccinated and licensed dog that has been spayed or neutered for approximately $90 -- what a small price to pay for years of devotion and love. If we all adopted our pets from shelters, we would remove the profit from both breeders and pet stores, plus pay less in taxes to house and kill cats and dogs in county shelters. If you are working outside of your home, it is practically impossible to properly train a puppy, so save the life of an adult dog.
Those who insist on a purebred cat or dog, or wish to adopt horses, donkeys, or a variety of farmyard animals should e-mail AdoptAPETCA@aol.com. All of these animals have been rescued; they are usually housed in private homes and dedicated volunteers care for them. Lastly, when you do adopt a cat or dog and want it to be free of fleas, I would suggest nutritional yeast flakes, sold at health food stores; costs approximately $10 for 28 ounces. Give cats ½ teaspoon per day, small dogs 1 teaspoon per day and large dogs 1 tablespoon per day. Dogs like it -- one never knows about cats. Use mounds of oat bran to kill snails; snail baits can kill dogs.
Recently I hired a local photographer, known for his wedding photography, who advertised in the high school yearbook to take senior pictures, to take my student’s senior portraits. I chose him because I had met him when he was new in the business and he happily gave me an auction donation, which might generate some business for him. He seemed anxious for the business back then, and I was also aware that he now had a following in the valley.
We had three-and-a-half weeks before the deadline for yearbook picture submission. This photographer called and canceled the appointment with no apology and no explanation. We then rescheduled, giving us only a 10-day window to take, receive and choose the picture for the yearbook. Four days before our new appointment, he called and, again without apology, explanation or any kind of concern, canceled. He not only canceled our appointment, but he canceled all other senior portrait appointments he had that week. I found out later that he did this to take a different job that he has a preference for.
We had counted on him to do the work he promised to do. I found his actions to be highly unprofessional and lacking integrity. The only correct thing he did was to give us the name of another photographer. When I asked if she was good and capable, he replied that she was a Brooks Institute graduate, and that he would not suggest her if she was not a good photographer.
What a contrast it was to have a friendly, pleasant, interested photographer. She did everything we asked her to do, and she did it with a broken foot, and we were at a park and at the beach. Not only was she a complete pleasure to work with, she did a very nice job, and we were able to turn in a picture, that my student was happy with, on time. Not only that, she reassured us that if the pictures had been delayed, she would meet us again, use a different camera and make sure we had a picture in time.
Her name is Linda Chaja. If you are looking for a pleasant, qualified photographer, who is interested in working with you, and is respectful of her clients, I recommend you call Linda Chaja. I appreciate her stepping in at the last minute and doing such a great job. Thank you Linda; we appreciate it so much. We will certainly recommend you to our friends and associates. You can find Linda at: www.lindachaja.com or 588-6784.
Your paper constantly cries about misinformation, but I find your paper to be the leader of misinformation. For example, Mr. Sherline says the war started in 1983. Wrong. He should go back to 1952 when England was stealing oil reserves from Iran and Iran put a stop to it.
England then called on the U.S. for help and we funded a C.I.A. coup of their government and put in the Shah. In the ’70s, when the people of Iran took back their country with the Ayatollah, we then sent Rumsfeld to Iraq and put in Saddam Hussein.
Of course, we also put in the Taliban in Afghanistan. And when these powers decided to no longer play the American game, it was then that we cast them as bad guys, when they were bad guys all along. Same goes for Saudi Arabia; they’re playing our puppet right now, which is what bin Laden has been screaming about all along. They want U.S. military out of their country.
The Islamist fundamentalist jump on this opportunity to enlist more help in their fight against the U.S., just as our government calls on our Christians and other non-Islam religions to fight against al-Qaida. But I do agree with Mr. Sherline in that the American people are going about their lives as if nothing is going on. We should all be out in the streets protesting this illegal war over the privatization of the Middle East oil reserves and really supporting our troops by bringing them all home now.