Cambrian Letters to the Editor Aug. 22

cambrian@thetribunenews.comAugust 22, 2013 

Watch that cliff

I would like to ask a simple question of the folks on the board who voted to release intent letters to release water permits: Tell me, please, why, when you see a cliff and walk to the edge, look over and see the danger and the eventual fall, do you then come to the conclusion that if you shut your eyes and continue walking forward, you won’t suffer the inevitable crash?

I am really struggling to understand how people think, when common sense is so easy to follow.

Mel Dorin

Book sale best ever

The community of Cambria came through again for the Friends of the Cambria Library. The first weekend in August proved to be our most successful book sale ever. We raised more than $5,000 thanks to locals, visitors, walk-ins and many faithful residents.

Much appreciation must go out to a few standouts such as Jeri Farrell (and her husband, Terry) for her guidance along the many years of her leadership. Also, thanks to Georgianne Jackson for her role as treasurer and her items sold at the Friends Corner during the book sale.

Many volunteers are needed to set up and take down a book sale, but special recognition must go to Richard Berry, the Lions Club for storage at the Bar-B-Q kitchen, Barbara Buchanan and the many Friends who stepped up at crucial times during the sale. We must also thank Greg Wilson for always being there early at setup and take-down.

Joen Kommer, the Cambria librarian, is an integral part of our success as Friends. We look to her for direction and hope to always fulfill her needs.

We cannot thank The Cambrian personnel enough for their continued support and quick response to my emails, printing of ads and the many letters to the editor to be printed. I, and the Friends, really appreciate this community and the people in it. Please continue to support us when the library is moved to the new location sometime in the coming months.

Teri Lord

In need of a room

Many Cambrians know Howard Chapman, 47, who boxed groceries for customers at the Cookie Crock for many years. Recently he started up a small gardening and landscaping business in Cambria, and I have been one of his customers. A couple of years ago, he also rented from my wife and me, but that’s no longer available.

Howard has been living in a room in the home of one of the Cookie Crock’s long-term employees for some time, but various circumstances have led to his having to leave this week. He really has no place to go, and is considering camping at San Simeon in the short term (but this costs $35 a night). This is not close to his customers, and he does not own a car. He also needs some medical treatment for strained and possibly damaged ankles.

If you know Howard, you know he has struggled but has always been a hard worker and cheery personality. He is close to achieving his dream of becoming a professional musician, as his appearances at the Cambria Ale House recently led to plenty of tips and sales of his CDs. He is talented.

Howard needs a break, and obviously what he needs most right now are stable, in-town housing, and more clients for his business. He can pay between $300 and $500 monthly for a room.

You can reach him at 441-3504 or email

If you wish to make a donation to him, send c/o me at P.O. Box 1681, Cambria, CA 93428, and I will make sure to get it to him.

William L. Seavey

No new connections

Please, no new intent-to-serve letters.

Until we get a permanent source of new water for Cambria, the Cambria Community Services District should not issue any more letters of intent to have more water connections.

We’ve not had a drop of new water in the past 35 or more years, even though our population has increased greatly. And our present 6,000 residents have struggled to conserve as much water as possible.

I also agree with the many other reasons writers have expressed for holding off issuing any new water connections.

The risk to our present residents and commercial businesses is much too great to spread our limited water supply over more users at this time of uncertainty.

And the risk increases as the unpredictable future rainfall pattern continues to change — and probably drop.

Our many second homes and vacation homes may become year-round permanent homes in the future. Increased water-use conservation, as the present CCSD board predicts, is a long way from proving possible, so until our water use actually declines and it proves sustainable, no new letters of intent should be issued.

Bill Warren

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