The terrible loss of lives and homes in Northern California are a wake-up call for all of us. Do your share and clean up possible fire fuel near your home. Also, watch for any possible sources. The Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council has some tips on page 15.

New Actions to Help Homeless

The plight of the homeless is a real blight on our society and the actions being taken will, I hope, help out. Now we face a health crisis. However, I’m happy to see some progress is being made for some truly hurting men and women.

Helping Our Community

The Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) has expanded its visual coverage in its motor patrol and continues the well-liked vacation check. If you leave for the holidays, sign up for the RSVP to check the security of your home. Print the form at www.scrippsranch.org/vacation, fill it out, and bring it to the RSVP storefront at 8450-A Mira Mesa Boulevard, across from Mira Mesa High School. Please call 538-8120 if you have any questions.

If you are 50 or older and have a California driver’s license, you are welcome to join the RSVP. Contact administrator Jim Schulte at the same phone number.

America the Beautiful

As we read the bad reports on the happenings in America, I pray for all families. I pray that all people will appreciate our very special country’s uniqueness and democracy and understand the founding principles that make us the best country in the world, despite some terrible things. May citizens remember our cherished heritage and not destroy the wonderful qualities on which our country was built. God bless America!

Dog Gone

I have received complaints about some dog owners who are not picking up their “deposits” on sidewalks and in open spaces. Please pick them up. Also, remember that it is the law that all dogs remain on a leash when they are out of their yards. As they say, “Thanks a heap.”

Rolling Along

I call my walker “my wheels.” They fold easily for transport. Its truly great feature is a seat for when you get tired, which I use all the time!

This really preserves a sense of freedom of movement, which is so important for seniors, along with safety. When you see a senior struggling with his or her wheels, please be patient. They need the time to move. With my increasing weakness in my back and legs, all I can say is “Hurrah, I am off and wheeling!”

Bob Dingeman