Letters to the Editor Sept. 20 - 26

September 20, 2012 

Pinedorado

I want to start off by saying, “thank you.” Thank you, to all of you, who came out in support of Pinedorado, bringing with you, your friends and your family members. At the same time I want to say “thank you” to all those who came out to give and donate your time, time that would otherwise have been spent with your families, but instead, you gave of yourselves; thus giving back to our town. Also, thank you to all our local businesses, who donated their goods and services. Without all of you, Pinedorado could not have succeeded.

The Lions of Cambria have hosted Pinedorado for 64 years! This is a tradition we Cambrians should be extremely proud of. I, for one, never realized how hard the group actually worked, because in the past, I only performed certain functions of the total equation. But, I quickly learned how our group actually works nonstop for months getting the grounds ready for our town’s three-day party. All the proceeds of Pinedorado go to help our community and our children. So we are happy to say, the Lions will donate over $7,000 to those groups that volunteered over the weekend.

Thousands more throughout the year go for scholarships, various local charities, vision screening for Cambria Grammar school children and other organizations. Our Cambria Lions Club is one of the largest on the Central Coast with over 100 members, ranging in age from 29 to our oldest member, 93. Our motto is: We serve. For this reason, we take great pride in knowing we continue the legacy that has been given to us by those who came before us.

Furthermore, this year, community members came out and gave of themselves as never before; which resulted in this being one of the highest volunteerism years for Pinedorado from non-Lion members. Also, dozens of high school students earned volunteer hours which goes toward their community service hours needed for graduation. In addition, we especially need to thank those who physically set up the grounds, worked with the local businesses for donations, coordinated the car show, parade and stood over a hot grill or pit for days on end to ensure the continuance of this long standing tradition. Incidentally this year, we also had the highest entry of classic cars, along with great parade group participation.

Finally as one of the youngest Cambria Lions presidents to date, I am working with the longer standing members, to best understand the future direction for our club, as we

prepare for tomorrow— but above all, one thing we do know is: our success will come by way of

growth through new volunteerism. Growth means stronger teamwork and higher performance for

the future of our community— and the future lies with our children. If we want a stronger community tomorrow, we all need to reach into ourselves, by giving back, with the pride one feels through community service.

Andy Zinn, president Lions Club of Cambria

Doctored documentary

It is not surprising that David Manion is recommending “2016 Obama’s America,” a so-called documentary which reflects his well-documented intense dislike and disrespect for our president. Here are some views of the film:

McClatchy-Tribune News, Roger Moore: “The film flutters to the ground like so much GOP convention confetti, all assertions, few facts and little substance other than the conspiratorial right wing talking points that are Dinesh D’Souza’s (the producer and writer) bread and butter.”

Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media: “Anti- Obama documentary trades objectivity for persuasion.”

Brett Michel, Boston Phoenix: “This unsubstantiated mess isn’t much of a movie or documentary”

However, the extremists on the right (including candidates Romney and Ryan) have never been slowed down by facts.

As Neil Newhouse (a Romney pollster) stated, “we’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.”

I believe David is entitled to his opinion, but don’t sell this film as anything but another campaign aid to denigrate our president.

Marilyn Fiebelkorn Cambria

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