Cambrian Letters to the Editor

Cambrian Letters to the Editor March 21

San Luis Obispo - The TribuneMarch 20, 2013 

A Caltrans worker waves to cyclists as he rolls over the bike lane north of Cambria on Highway 1 on Tuesday.

DAVID MIDDLECAMP — dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Don’t make it worse

I work for Caltrans and had a hand in the placement of the chip seal north of town. In my opinion, calling the highway “dangerous and unsafe” at this point, as our own Cambria Chamber of Commerce president was quoted as saying, does a great disservice to the business community as it simply is not true and will only keep more tourists away.

The loose-rock issue has been taken care of and we are currently exploring ways to economically smooth it out for bicyclists. It is still a safe and beautiful highway. 

Charlie Hench

Cambria

Cuts not the answer

Randall Schwalbe’s letter to The Cambrian (March 14, “We need a budget”) suggests that he has never taken Econ 101.

Cuts in government spending and referencing something written in 1921 are not relevant for today’s needs. The money we spend today goes right back into our economy. This also true of food stamps which feed millions of people.

Does Randall want to cut Social Security or Medicare, which he is probably using himself? The money we spend is owed to ourselves anyway. You can, should you choose, just red line our debt because the debt is a scam on everyone.

Clive Finchamp

Cambria

Make a difference

Our national government is only working for a wealthy few. What must be done to ensure a responsive government for all of us, and an informed public — in a word, to ensure democracy rather than plutocratic oligarchy?

Here are eight measures that could make a difference:

1. Reverse the “Citizens United” Supreme Court decision.

2. Outlaw, through progressive taxation and legislation, the accumulation of wealth to the extent that it creates billionaires and perpetuates poverty.

3. Prohibit the political “gerrymandering” of districts that eliminate the serious competition of opposing candidates and ideologies.

4. Guarantee every adult American willing to work a living wage and the time to be an informed, responsible, and proactive citizen.

5. Support public education and ensure that all young people have access to higher education without placing a burdensome debt on them.

6. Bring back a universal draft for both males and females, including an option for national civilian service, to ensure the responsibility of citizenship and counter the military-industrial complex.

7. Reclaim our public airwaves by reinstating the Fairness Doctrine, requiring broadcasters to provide free airtime for discussing important public issues as part of broadcast licensing.

8. Demand that the press be permitted to ask follow-up questions at all national political debates, major news conferences, and political interviews — and that they ask tough, probing ones.

Donald Archer

Cambria

‘Overkill’

We’ve been expelled from farmers market for coming in approximately five to eight minutes late without a manager escort. I feel this is personal and way overkill for something that deserves a warning.

They offer that my produce can go to market but I can’t. This is their attempt to make it sound nice but impossible to implement. One cannot train someone to do what I do without the months it would take. They have essentially fired or laid me off from my job like the market is their private business.

I’ve had problems with the management for three years now about many issues which are too long to explain here, have tried to talk to the Lions Club and they have stonewalled me, telling me I have no credibility. Now, the management has found something to expel me on and it is their opportunity to kick me out for good because I’m the whistle-blower.

I was given a 30-day period to appeal this current expulsion on the grounds of being late and got invited to a Lions Club board meeting on Feb. 12. There were 18 Lions board members against me and my assistant/witness Stephanie.

They had given us 10 minutes to state our case but the hearing was a hostile, kangaroo court where they already had their minds made up. There was sporadic and angry outbursts around the table, Stephanie was physically escorted out, I could not get a word in edgewise. It was chaos.

The meeting was over without an opportunity to express myself. The Lions Club feels that meeting was due process, but I had no representation and couldn’t state my defense. This is the first time a farmer has had a meeting with the Lions Club on behalf of the issues at the Cambria Farmers Market.

The farmers have no representation whatsoever in the Cambria market. We have no one to go to for a fair hearing. We need help; please call Andy Zinn, Lions Club president, and request a fair, third-party hearing. We are asking your support, we appeal to the public — let Limacher sell his vegetables at farmers market tomorrow.

I’ve depended on the Cambria market for my livelihood for the past 30 years and they’re trying to kick me out for good without any due process. If it can happen to me it can happen to any of the farmers.

Michael Limacher, Charan Springs Farm

Cambria

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