Target panga boats
Why is it we can spot a fly on the sidewalk from a mile up, but can’t seem to spot these panga boats off our coast? Is it a coincidence that we seem to be able to find most of them “after” they have unloaded the drugs or other illegal cargo?
Starting to look a little fishy to me. We have drones, military planes flying practice missions, passenger planes and whatever flying along the coast with all this high-tech radar and scanning equipment, but they can’t seem to see these speeding boats. If one argues that this all happens at night, my feeling is that it’s false. They say the boats come from Baja, and to make such a trip they would have to be traveling for hours. Wouldn’t drones flying out of San Diego and Santa Barbara be able to spot these “speeding” boats? Either the higher-ups feel it’s insignificant, or you can guess the other reasons.
We can stop it if we make the trip too dangerous, i.e. wiping out several of them as they come in to unload. If we keep up the same policy, it’s only going to get worse.
End the giveaways
I hope your readers found David Manion’s brilliant letter (“Don’t be sheepish”) in the July 18 Cambrian. I suspect most folks who read this immediately laid blame on their adversarial party.
But if we can set tribalism aside and look at what is really going on, you will see a burgeoning government siphoning private sector funds into the public coffers. If you want government to take care of our every need at the expense of freedom, then ignore David’s letter and re-elect those who promote more taxation to pay for more giveaways (and I am not including those who truly need assistance).
In the early ’90s, most private companies shifted from pensions to 401(k) plans for their employees’ retirement funds. Meanwhile, public sector unions pushed for extravagant public pensions instead of 401(k) plans at the expense of the taxpayers. Regarding the news out of Detroit, unfunded city employee pensions are collectively one of the top reasons the city declared bankruptcy.
The U.S. Constitution allows for our government to levy taxes on the movement of money — however, mandating taxes for simply being a citizen is a clear violation of the commerce clause. But the Affordable Health Care act, which enjoys a paltry 37 percent approval rate, is doing just that. This is yet another way to siphon even more of your money in the name of philanthropy.
If we don’t vote for smaller government, we may as well just give up and let the government run our lives rather than hiring a government that promotes a free society we once enjoyed.
Supporting the arts
We are happy to report that another successful Prefix 927 Art Show has been completed. This show is the major opportunity for Cambrians to display the zany side of their creativity, and it was well attended by hundreds of locals and visitors.
We are especially appreciative of the 26 merchants listed here that generously donated some $1,100 worth of prizes awarded to selected artists:
Amphora Gallery, Cambria Ale House, Cambria Beer Co., Cambria Center for the Arts Theater, Cambria Drug & Gift, Cambria Hardware Center, Cut & Run Hair and Nails, Deer Run Art & Artifacts, Exotic Nature, The Garden Shed, Gym One, Hearst Castle & Hearst Castle Theater, Home Arts, Indigo Moon, J.J.’s Pizza and Lucia Apothecary.
Also, A Matter of Taste, Moonstone American Craft Gallery, Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill, Ocean Heir, Pewter Plough Playhouse, The Place, Robin’s, Sweet Confectionery Offerings and The Village Bean.
Special thanks to our juror, Larry LeBrane, a premiere artist of the Central Coast, and to the many volunteer helpers from the Allied Arts Association. As in years past, the proceeds from admissions, artist entry fees and sales will help to support the scholarship program of the Cambria Center for the Arts.
Sherry Andrews, Prefix 927 Art Show coordinator
Cambria Center for the Arts
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