Letters to the Editor Aug. 30 - Sept. 5

August 30, 2012 

Challenge donation

M y husband, Steve, and I are spending the summer here in Cambria exploring the area with the hope of relocating here.

I saw the photo and related short article, “Job Creators: Have a HART”, on the back page of The Cambrian (Aug. 23).

What a kind and generous act by these three young girls. I have made a matching donation to the Homeless Animal Rescue Team and challenge local residents to do the same in appreciation of these girls’ unselfish gift.

Let’s see if HART can multiply their generosity many times over.

Jan Aranoff Sedona, Ariz.

Temper, temper

Baklava is not the answer.

My goodness, it has been a long time since I have seen such a verbose letter to the editor that made it to print. What arrogance and despicable foolishness was expressed in the “Tale of Two Letters” (Aug. 23). Our beloved democracy allows for all of us to express ourselves freely but it becomes distasteful and ignorant when one viewpoint is desecrated because it doesn’t suit someone. This is the stuff that mudslinging politics is made of and most of us don’t like that at all.

He exposed his soft underbelly when he pointed the insulting finger at folks who like Fox News or those who support Mitt Romney. Do we really want to point fingers at who is not releasing information important to voters?

I watch Fox News and I like what they do by bringing important people from both sides of the aisle to debate. I like that they don’t shy away from news because it is not part of the left-wing news media. I like that they keep the focus on even when it is not comfortable. I also notice that they give coverage to important issues from both sides.

The other major networks lean to the left, we all know that and that is their business. I also watch CNN and I think they do darn good reporting on many things. You will never see me with a bumper sticker saying I hate CNN or MSNBC but some of the left wing love to put them on condemning Fox News.

There is a place for all of us in America and we don’t have to throw stones at each other because we have different points of view. I suggest instead of taking baklava to the temple and making an offering, that all of us should go to our churches and synagogues and pray for our country and our leaders, whoever they may be.

Brian Griffin Cambria

Rights, responsibility

No one is disputing the LaRouches’ right to freedom of speech, but with this right comes responsibility.

Depicting President Obama as Hitler, one of the world’s most abhorred leaders, is an extremely infantile gesture.

One should respect the office of the president regardless of which political party occupies that office.

Rita Burton Cambria

‘Significant’ impacts

People’s fascination with visiting whales can be reflected in photos in The Tribune in recent weeks, from kayakers getting almost too close, to gridlock on the road to Avila. One of the delights in our beautiful Central Coast area is the prevalence of wildlife, especially marine mammals. Harbor seals, sea lions, elephant seals, otters, dolphins and porpoises, blue, fin, gray and humpback whales share our coastal waters.

A seismic survey of the ocean floor by PG&E lasting for over a month would emit sounds at such high

decibels that they would not just scare the animals away, but could do irreparable damage to the ocean ecosystem. In the report “Findings for Central Coastal California Seismic Imaging Project,” PG&E writes: “Noise generated underwater during the seismic survey would adversely affect marine mammals by either masking other noises needed for survival” (such as whale songs and calls); “disturbing their behavioral patterns” (such as migrations of whales and elephant seals and birthing of seals, otters and sea lions); “resulting in temporary or permanent hearing loss; or causing other physiological effects, such as stress or immune response.”

The same report offers “mitigation measures,” but in its summary, concludes that in spite of those measures “the impact is significant and unavoidable.” This is a phrase that is repeated over and over in the document.

Other sections of the report acknowledge “significant and unavoidable” impacts to fish and fishing and boating activity, to the air quality from emissions from the vessels doing the surveying, and slightly less significant hindrances to such human activities as

swimming, diving, and surfing— as long as those swimmers, divers and surfers are aware of the seismic testing activities.

As reported in The Tribune, “Whales and other marine mammals are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Under that law, any actions by people that cause the mammals to change their behavior may constitute harassment and may be grounds for fines and penalties.”

So PG&E is breaking the law big time, but the seismic testing program has been approved by the county. Fortunately the Coastal Commission and the National Science Foundation have yet to approve it.

“Disturbance” is much too kind a word. Hearing loss, migration changes, and even death should be considered. In the report, “mortality” was mentioned as a definite possibility. The worst case scenario is that our beautiful beaches and bays could become littered with the stench of dead fish, giant rotting whale carcasses and the corpses of gentle seals, otters and dolphins.

Perhaps Mother Nature has brought the whales closer to shore to remind us of our connection to the creatures who share our Earth and its seas. But as reckless technology separates us from nature, we may be destroying the things we love.

It’s not too late to protest the Central Coastal California Seismic Imaging Project. Contact the Coastal Commission, National Science Foundation, Department of Fish and Game and congressional member Lois Capps.

Joan Crowder Cambria

Apologies

The theater wing of Cambria Center for the Arts offers profound apologies to their audience for the circumstances at the matinee performance on Sunday, Aug. 26. We felt as if a bomb had exploded at our box office and we unfortunately were not prepared for the scene which unfolded.

As theatre director, I take full responsibility for the miscalculations made and the disappointment of our prospective audience who were turned away. Please forgive us for our error and know that we are aware of what mistakes were made and what is necessary to rectify them so we will NEVER have that situation again.

We thank you for your understanding and patience and apologize for the inconvenience caused.

Nancy Green, theater director

Cambria Center for the Arts

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