Cambrian Letters to the Editor April 4

cambrian@thetribunenews.comApril 4, 2013 

Clean slate

Now that the “public wall” where Windsor Boulevard, Charing Lane and Main Street meet is clear of leftover hardware from various years of sign-hanging, the “Spaghetti Bowl” looks less trashy.
It would be much appreciated, if you hang a sign in this location, that you remove all hardware that you choose to use for your sign. It is difficult to put up your ad when there are leftover nails and such sticking out in the area that you have chosen to show off your event.

It is a great location for advertising our town’s activities, but was becoming an eyesore.  There were literally thousands of staples, nails, brads, screws, u-shaped nails, bolts and leftover paper and plastic from signs of the past.

While I was clearing the wall, a few men came by telling me that they had done this job years ago. On the days I was working there were many encouraging words and lots of “thank-yous” out of car windows as people came through the intersection. I even encountered a sheriff’s deputy who stopped to comment on how improved the wall looked.

Let’s take pride in our town by ridding our sign posts of garage sale adornments left over from nails, staples and tiny pieces of paper. The same should also be said of the wall at the north end of town.
Thanks for all the supportive comments during the process.

Teri Lord

Cambria

Kingston OK

With all due respect for those voicing concerns over legitimate potential impacts of the Kingston Senior Living project, I want to raise my hand in support of it and urge others also to support it. We desperately need housing options, particularly for an aging population. This project, at a moderate density, promises to efficiently meet this need.

When my friend Wilfred Lyons could not handle stairs, aging out of his house, he left his hometown of 90-plus years to move to an assisted living facility in Morro Bay. Would he have stayed in his longtime hometown if there were a similar option? I’m pretty certain I know the answer.
As Wilfred and I looked out his window after the move and laughed about his great view of the mortuary across the highway (“end of the road…”), I couldn’t help but think we could have provided him a better hometown option — and given ourselves the benefit of his ongoing presence in our midst, an invaluable asset bringing immeasurable joy.

The question is not will some choose Kingston from out of Cambria (sure they will) or whether this is the BEST spot (certainly not), but whether Cambrians who want to spend their last days in Cambria, but can’t remain in their homes, have that option (they should) and whether the applicants meet their legal obligations to build the pro-ject in this spot (they do).

I’m planning to be old one day and look forward to having housing options. Housing options and choice within communities can enhance all our lives in a variety of ways, including giving us the security of different places to live at different stages in our lives and keeping our loved ones near and visible, not farmed off to distant places.

Beyond that, smaller units such as these are more efficient than larger homes. Ignoring realities of age and changing circumstance is shortsighted. Single-family homes, our norm, do not work for everyone. Cherish House meets the needs of some, but is small and expensive.

Please join me in supporting this project, which has been in the works for over a decade, approved in similar form time and again. Benefits outweigh impacts. With the decade-plus development timeframe and the age of the average Cambrian not decreasing, it is probably not too early to start proactively planning the next senior project in a more ideal spot on Main Street, as many suggest.

I’d be willing to go so far as to wager that as time marches on some current grumblers will land as residents, or come to know a resident or two, and come to recognize Kingston an asset — providing the option for some to age gracefully and possibly even land at the end of the road — comfortably at home in their wonderful town.

Anne Wyatt

San Luis Obispo

Editor's note: Anne Wyatt is a former Cambria resident and business owner, North Coast Advisory Council member and county Planning Commissioner.

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