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p Page 4 The CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, March 7, 2003 I i asked out and about in Catalina III "cartoon? Dar Brown is the editor and publisher of The Catalina Islander If l could do it all again Aliesa Peterson Jared Meza Felicia Bogard Blent Ezeil Age 10 Age 3 1/2 Age 9 Age 6 "'Jimmy Neutron.' one when he turns a really hot day into a snowy day" "'Rugrats.' The reptar ones." "'Jimmy Neutron' The one where he shrank his gmntbr into a little kid" "'The Kids Next Door' The one when they get a pet monkey." III II I The The Catalina Islander welcomes letters to the editor on issues pertaining to the Island. Letters must be no more than 400 words. Anonymous, third party or open letters will not be accepted. All letters must be signed and include printed name, address and phone number of the author. Emailed letters will be considered original. The Catalina Islander wild only publish one letter every four weeks by an individual writer. I The deadline is Noon, Tuesday, prior to Friday's publication and will be published as space permits. The Catalina Islander reserves the right to edit letters for grammar and legal requirements, views expressed in this section do not necessarily represent the views of The Catalina Islander or its staff. Letters can be sent to P.O. Box 428, Avalon, Ca 90704, faxed to (310) 510-2882 or emailed to catislander@catalina ISP.com Feral animals Tim Winslow questioned the Conservancy's removal of feral animals by hunting, saying it was "deeply disturbing" especially to have them "left to rot in the sun" He states that "killing for the sake of conservation is definitely the past for sport as uncon- scionable. Although as a biologist it is not pleasant to kill living things, I support the need to kill introduced animals to save the lives of the species and ecosystems native (using the biological definition) to our island. Wrigley. During the last three months in Baja, I have had an opportunity to discuss the removal of feral animals on islands such as Guadalupe and the Galapagos with Mexican, Ecuadorian and American conservation biolo- gists. Their opinions reinforced Last week someone asked me a question I've heard a thousand times but it had been a couple of years since I'd been asked. When I started to think about my answer, I realized that I hadn't really given it so much thought before. Hey, maybe I really am growing up nah, that couldn't be it. Maybe it's because, in the last two years, since my morn died, my perspective on life has changed. I thought about my mom a lot this past week on the "anniversary of her life" (which t prefer over the "day she died") and yes, things have changed. I'ha a better person, the sun shines brighter, the sunsets are more beautiful, I cherish family and friends more than ever before, I laugh louder, I cry more peacefully, and I miss my mom terribly. About five years ago, my morn gave me something Erma Bombeck had written. It was called "If I Had My Life to Live Over" and it was something she had written after she found out she was dying from cancer. It was the exact question that had been posed to me last week. So I dug deep into my mom's cedar chest to find the piece of paper it was written on, almost in a panic that I might have lost it. But there it was, tucked away with many other memories and remembrances my mom had given to me over the years. Here's what Erma had to say: "I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for a day. I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage. I would have talked less and listened more. I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained or the sofa faded. I would have eaten the popcorn in the "good" living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light the fireplace. I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth. I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a notright" As Vice-President SEER for my own those of the summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed. Although I have no issue with the Conserva y 9vmaw these gov rn eat nci respon- F would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried those who hunt for frod programs and felt they were sibie for rem vlng goats and about grass stains. stopped hunting nearly 30 years necessary to truly conserve the other introduced animals from ago for personal ,reasons. I agree "native" species which was the dozens of islands elsewhere in the with Mr. VCinslow's reference to mission originally defined for the world. As a conservation the killing of American bison in Conservancy by Philip K. See Letters, page 9 III I I I Report for Monday, Feb.17 through Sunday, Feb. 23 Monday, Feb. 24 - 7 p.m. - Baywatch Avalon and Rescue 4 responded ,to Avalon Hospital for a 45 year-old male who was complaining of shortness of breath from a punctured lung. The Avalon man was reassessed, treated with a cardiac monitor and oxygen was continued on supplemental oxygen. The patient was transported to Pebbly Beach where he was transferred to a Coast Guard Helicopter and transported to Harbor. Thursday, Feb. 27 - 9:15 a.m. - Baywatch Avalon, Rescue 6 and Patrol 55 res- ponded to a home in Avalon for a 78 year-old male found unconscious. Once rescuers were on scene, it was deter- mined the Avalon man had been pulseless for many hours and was pronounced dead at the scene. Friday, Feb. 28 - 7: 50 a.m. - Baywatch Avalon and Rescue 6 responded to Avalon School for 'an 1 l-year-old male complaining of back pain after a fall on the playground. The Avalon boy was assessed, treated with cervical spinal motion restriction measures and transported to Avalon Hos- pital for further evaluation. 2:08 p.m. - Baywatch Avalon, Rescue 6 and Patrol 55 responded to a business in Avalon for a 46 year-old female complaining of chest pain. The Avalon female was assessed, treated with an EKG, an IV was established, a blood sugar was taken, medications were admini- stered and she was trans- ported to Avalon Hospital for further evaluation. Saturday, March 1 - 2:55 p.m. - Baywatch Avalon and Rescue 6 responded to Crescent St. for a 43" year-old female complaining of an altered level of conscious- ness. The Arizona woman was assessed, treated with an EKG, an IV was established, blood sugar was measured and she was transported to Avalon Hospital for further evaluation. I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life. I would have never bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime. Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle. When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner" There would have been more "I love you's." More "I'm sorry's." But mostly, given another shot at life, I would have seized every minute look at it and really see it live it and never give it back." Erma had the right idea, if only too late. Lucky for all of us, still living, that we can still "live" and live big. Oh, I don't mean in monetary things I mean in "living" things. But if I could do it all over again I would have been a better person, the sun would have shone brighter, the sunsets would have been more beautiful, I would have cherished family and friends more than ever before, I would have laughed louder, I would have cried more peacefully, and I would have spent more time with my room. Lucky for me, "if I could" is now and I am. I love you, Mom. I I I I I Report for Monday, Feb. 24 through Sunday, March 2 Wednesday, Feb. 26 - 9:05 p.m. - Baywatch Paramedics responded to Cherry Valley for a 70-year-old man who had fallen from the cliff at Lion's Head. The patient was extricated from the waters edge with the help of camp staff and treated. The patient was flown to UCLA by Los Angeles County Fire Depart- ment Copter 19. Thursday, Feb. 27 - 4:02 p.m. - Paramedics responded to a 41-year-old female com- plaining of chest pain. The patient was treated and trans- ported by Baywatch Isthmus to Long Point where she was transferred to Baywatch Avalon and taken to Avalon Hospital. Sunday, March 2 - 2:08 p.m. - Isthmus Harbor Department advised Baywatch Isthmus of a 27-foot sailboat with a fouled propeller drifting toward the rocks off Big Fisherman's cove. The vessel, with one person on board, was towed to a mooring for kelp disentanglement. 7:00 pm Nightly 9:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat. Children under 18 must be accompanied by adult who remains in theater.