Roses & Raspberries: Empty words earn sour fruit, rodeo, grads and spirit | Editorial

ByTommie C. Curtis

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It’s been a tough go these the latest months with information of mass shootings expanding throughout the country, and shootings and murders correct in this article at home seeming never ever ending.

10 years after decade of platitudes by conversing heads in leadership have made no transform in the tragic occasions.

This earlier week, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors rose to the challenge of addressing gun violence by blathering meaningless proclamations contacting for a Gun Violence Awareness Day and encouraging folks to wear orange for two days. The effort and hard work earns the board a thorny pile of unwashed raspberries.

Assault weapons continue to be readily available to 18-yr-olds, mental disease and stressors that result in violence stay unaddressed, socio-emotional techniques continue to be undeveloped, and a seemingly developing proportion of our citizenry would seem to think pulling the cause is the remedy to each and every slight and challenge, so, you know, Don. Orange. For. Two. Days.

Although the proclamation famous, between other tragedies, that the county however mourns the May perhaps 23, 2014 lethal Isla Vista mass taking pictures, the words do nothing at all to handle substantially additional new functions of gun violence which have develop into all to repeated.

Santa Maria on your own has racked up multiple shootings, including a few lethal, in the to start with half of this year. Although gang users shoot each other and functions conclude in violence, bystanders are also using it in the tooth.

A pregnant female was wounded in a shooting involving rival gangs in Santa Maria on March 12. On April 23, a 61-year-old person with gunshot wounds was identified lifeless within his car or truck. Neighbors had read pictures fired several hours earlier, but noone had described them. Has the sounds of shots fired in the town limits turn out to be so normalized that residents no for a longer time bother to get in touch with them in?

All that claimed, we do increase a lengthy-stem white rose to Board Chair/3rd District Supervisor Joan Hartmann for participating in the position of umpire throughout a conference filled with animosity. She nipped community comment in the bud right after several AMR and County Hearth workers took potshots at every single other. The board was slated to focus on problems to be regarded as as it places out a request for proposals for its ambulance expert services contract.

The 7 days was not all negative, however, and there is been plenty to celebrate.

A festive collection of yippee ki-yay and yeehaw to the 79th Elks Rodeo and Parade as it returns in complete glory this weekend immediately after a two-12 months, COVID-19-induced hiatus. Expert rodeo athletes and performers are giving their all at the Unocal Celebration Heart this weekend during the Elks Recreation function that serves as one of the major fund-increasing situations in the valley.

We toss tasseled mortarboards festooned with blue and gold roses in honor of the around 1,500 students who graduated from Hancock Higher education past week, the greatest graduating course in the school’s 102-year background. The course of 2022 received a lot more than 2,000 levels put together throughout 101 different fields of examine. The class also consists of one of the greatest selection of transfer pupils to 4-calendar year universities.

That larger schooling does not appear free of charge for most, and the Scholarship Basis of Santa Barbara, in partnership with the Santa Barbara Basis once all over again stepped up to the plate in a major way to help. There weren’t more than enough roses in all the flower shops in the county this week to appropriately honor them as they offered far more than $7.7 million in faculty and vocational scholarships to 2,139 students previous week.

And in honor of other wishes designed accurate, we present bouquets of smiles watered by grateful tears to Karen and Jared Bailey, Santa Maria Actual physical Therapy Team and Santa Maria Golf Club who, alongside with the 140 members in the 11th Make-A-Want Golf Match lifted more than $100,000 for Make-A-Want Tri-Counties not long ago.

They have influenced others to be a part of the lead to, including their very own daughter, Paige Bailey. With her Make-A-Want Club at Righetti Higher School, she also ran a prosperous dessert auction for the bring about.

Neighborhood superior university athletes manufactured their have dreams appear real with challenging do the job and willpower this time. To them, we supply bouquets: Righetti sophomore Kendra Daniels manufactured the high soar closing and teammate Riley Allen competed in the 100-meter sprint at the CIF Point out Track and Area Championship Nipomo Substantial Faculty softball won the CIF Central Section Division 5 Championship then took out No. 1 seed Capistrano Valley Christian at CIF Condition SoCal Div. 5 Regional semifinal playoff.

And though our modern society celebrates the victors, the straightforward point is this: not absolutely everyone is a winner each individual solitary day, and sometimes second location deserves boutonnieres and high-fives. This sort of is the circumstance for Righetti High School baseball which very last weekend, fell 10-1 to Stockdale at the CIF Central Portion Division I baseball championship.

Their operate earned them a No. 4 seed in the CIF Point out SoCal Div. 2 Regional, but they fell 8-4 to Lake Balboa Birmingham, the CIF Los Angeles City Segment Open Division runner-up.