Nature abhors a vacuum
This letter is in response to letters to The Cambrian and articles printed therein concerning the town’s water supply. In Mark Kramer’s article (April 4, “Dry winter? Yes — but not as dry as last year’s”), he mentioned that we have had two dry years in a row. Good article, by the way.
In the mid 1980s as a result of appeals to the Water Rights Division of the State Water Resources Control Board, the Cambria Community Services District was limited, by law, to the amount of water it could pump out of the San Simeon Creek aquifer in the dry season. The agricultural riparian landowners were also limited, by law, to the amount of water they could pump from the creek, also in the dry season.
The problem arises when there is not enough water in the aquifer to allow for the district and agricultural interests to pump their legal amount.
The problem is that pumping the aquifer to below sea level triggers sea-water intrusion, which is bad enough, but between the ocean and the aquifer is the district’s secondary-treated effluent disposal site. Remember that nature abhors a vacuum, so that when the aquifer is pumped below sea level, the effluent, followed by seawater, will make its way into the aquifer.
This is not a no-growth concept. It is simply the reality of what exists. My mantra for years has been that one needs to face reality and deal with it — because of one doesn’t, reality will eventually rise up and bite you precisely where you’d rather it didn’t.
‘Have a heart’
Michael Limacher has been ejected from the Cambria Farmers Market for three months — a huge chunk of the growing season.
I have known Michael for 35 years. When I got to Cambria in 1976, it was a town of eccentric people who chose to live off the beaten path. We all honored each other and got along.
When Michael and his then-wife Shelley started the first farmers market it was a novel idea.
I have no doubt that Michael can be difficult to work with at times, but in a town that cared about one another, and an organization like the Lions Club that consistently steps up and helps Cambrians in need, how can you in good conscience so severely injure this man's ability to earn a living?
Banning him from the market for three months is hugely expensive. Hiring a salesperson to replace him is expensive. Michael, like so many farmers in America, has been on the brink of losing his property several times in the past 30 years. He has hung on by working hard and producing great crops and a loyal clientele.
I implore the Cambria Lions Club to rescind your decision and allow him back into the Farmers Market immediately. Please: have a heart.
I have always thought of Cambria as a caring community. Friendships and congeniality and a common core of respect. And now you can add miracles to the list.
The miracle of water hook-ups for 41 rooms, plus a restaurant, of a late-life motel, was approved by our Cambria Community Services District. That's a lot of water usage.
Yet, there are 665 property owners who have invested and waited for numerous years to have a water hook-up approved. They choose Cambria to retire to, yet the CCSD decided to ignore current 41 property owners, in favor of someone else.
Maybe another miracle can appear by finding out why the “late-life” motel was approved over them. Let’s look in the back room for the answer.
I support Anne Wyatt’s stand (April 4, “Kingston OK”) on the need to construct the Kingston Senior Living Project. Our community needs it more and more each day.
As we grow older, it becomes increasingly more difficult for Cambrians to visit family and/or friends living in senior citizen homes miles away because these visitors are also getting older. They are still licensed to drive, but are reluctant to travel any farther than necessary!
There has been controversy regarding the proposed location of the project, the disturbance of the visitors coming and going, but I’m sure visiting hours will be posted and monitored. I can’t envision visitors roaring in and out of the parking lot. There will be law enforcement in the vicinity, I’m positive.
Good for good’s sake
My old camera got involved with some salt water and sand, never a good mix.
I was looking at replacement cameras at Target in Paso Robles, feeling overwhelmed and wishing my son was there for guidance.
A young man spoke up from behind me and asked how much I wanted to spend. I turned around, and asked if he worked there. He said “no,” but said he was a photographer and would be glad to help me select a camera.
The young man spent at least an hour, going over options and helping me narrow down my choices. He helped with accessories needed. He even checked the camera box and discovered the memory card wasn’t included. I obviously needed one.
If that wasn’t enough, he offered to go outside with me for some real-time training on the camera. I know what you are thinking. I was on my way to the doctor and took a rain check on the training.
We did exchange names and phone numbers. I found him on Facebook and sent him a message. It turns out the young man is a combat photographer with the Army. Eric, if you see this, please know how grateful I am for your help and the service you give to our country.
Remembering Clay Singer
I wish to acknowledge the passing of Clay Singer, a unique Cambria character. Among other things, Clay served on the board for Camp Ocean Pines and on the county Grand Jury.
I knew him best as a scientist and archaeologist. For many years he fought with the county for a more accurate and less expensive process for collecting archaeological data. He fought to preserve collections against hostile public officials.
He had the integrity to quickly and honestly assess land for its archaeological value. If he knew that artifacts had originated at some other location, he said as much, while other archaeologists profited by digging needless holes and fabricating reports.
He honored Salinan and Chumash people, particularly their belief that their ancestors were not finished with their earthly journeys as long as their bones continued to exist. He was a lightning rod of controversy over these subjects. The county is diminished by his loss.
More to the story
This is a letter to Clive Finchamp and Donald Archer (March 21, “Cuts not the answer” and “Make a difference”). I did not suggest (March 14, “We need a budget”) cutting Social Security or Medicare — I simply want our federal government to pass a budget and reduce itself to the size it was during the Clinton era, a time we had opulent prosperity.
And I did take Econ 101 from a professor who taught us about a free market based on the principles of supply and demand. Archer’s second measure calling to outlaw the accumulation of wealth that “creates billionaires and perpetuates poverty” defies these principles.
Money is not a zero-sum game. Unless obtained illegally or through “legal” thievery (such as unrestrained taxation), there is nothing wrong with accumulating wealth — a primary component of the American dream. Why else do we bother getting up in the morning and going to work or making investments? And by the way, we already have progressive taxation (ask Phil Mickelson).
Back to Finchamp. Dismissing the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921 due to irrelevancy makes sense if today’s need is defined as a push toward socialism, the antithesis of a free market. Spending money the way the government wants to (instead of how we want to) promotes rampant cronyism and an insatiable need for more revenue. And the food stamp program was intended to be a splint for a broken bone — it’s there to help those in need while in need, not to be treated as a key component that drives our economy.
By the way, I’m just under 10 years from Social Security eligibility.
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