Cambrian Letters to the Editor

Cambrian Letters to the Editor April 18

cambrian@thetribunenews.comApril 18, 2013 

‘Silver sneakers’

OK, I’m 65 years old and have just finished trying to figure out the torrent of “Medicare” information descending from the mailbox. I’m in fair shape for an obese male. So I thought that I wouldn’t need much in medical care.

After reading pounds of pamphlets I thought I knew what to do and then called in an insurance agent to confirm it. The real issue was which Part D insurance company to use as I had no local doctor. For several reasons, not the least of which was the availability of a gym for very little more money, I chose a Part D that included what I later learned to be “Silver Sneakers.”

Mortified by the moniker conferred upon this “entitlement program” offered by the “government,” I didn’t expect much and merely looked forward to access to the gym equipment.

The prospect of being in a room with a lot of old people bumping into each other was not appealing. It is better to be lucky than good and boy did I get lucky.

Yes, there is a room with a lot of old people and sometimes they bump into each other. Whoever named this program could not have been the same people that designed the workout. Having participated in various gym classes over the years, including advanced martial arts, I assert enough experience to say this workout will work for any age and fitness level.

My inspiration is a 95-year-old darling woman with sparkling blue eyes and great spirit. She is always there with her caregiver, just working out from one exercise to the next. I’m there next to her with heavier weights, thicker elastic bands, deeper squats, etc., so we each get our own workout, and her smile is infectious.

After being active in the program for several month I have lost a few pounds, added some muscle, repaired some minor injuries, increased flexibility, improved balance and stamina and just feel a whole lot better. I know I won’t be having a bunch of expensive tests as I have exercised them away with a group of people I look forward to visiting with.

Whoever the government employee feeding at the public trough is that thought this up as a way to save money was right spot on and should be recognized.

Randall C. Lyon

Cambria

‘Locked in limbo’

In her letter in The Cambrian April 11 (“Nature abhors a vacuum”), Shirley Bianchi defends the position that there isn’t enough water in the local aquifers to serve all the customers who want it.
That is settled law that is not being contested, short of recent quibbling over a marginal number of additional customers who might be served from existing safe capacity. Cambria Community Services District’s statistics prove it can do this.

United Lot Owners of Cambria (UnLOC) does not now nor has it ever advocated over-pumping the aquifers. Our position, as outlined in my letter (“Not a long-term fix”) in The Cambrian March 28, is that there are viable ways that CCSD can augment its supply from other sources and that it has willfully walked away from multiple opportunities to do that in the last several years.

Additionally, it is CCSD’s legal responsibility to serve the applicants within its boundaries, and to develop additional supplies if required to do that. If it is not ever going to develop additional supplies and meet its customers’ needs, then CCSD will be obligated to release us from its district boundaries and allow us to develop our own water supply.

They cannot keep us locked in limbo forever, trapped inside a district that won’t serve us.

Ms. Bianchi quite correctly states in her letter that it is best to hit a problem head on.  What that would have looked like for Cambria would have been a large lot buy-back and buildout reduction program starting back in the ’70s when it could have been done cheaply. And that goes to the point of my letter.

In choosing to limit the water supply instead, Cambria tried to take an easier and cheaper route to addressing the problem of too many lots and not enough water. It hasn’t worked, and it is not ever going to work.

Deryl Robinson, president

United Lot Owners of Cambria

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