Cambrian Letters to the Editor Sept. 5

cambrian@thetribunenews.comSeptember 5, 2013 

Remembering 9/11

The Sons of the American Legion want the long-lasting legacy of 9/11 to be focused on those who serve as first responders, those around us who are willing to charge into life-threatening situations in the attempt to save others. Some 400 first responders (firemen, policemen, Port Authority, and ambulance personnel) died that day in the effort to help fellow citizens.

Even the actions of the passengers on Flight 93 served as a first response.  One never knows when he or she will be called upon to be a first responder.

Their actions on that day should serve as a shining example to future generations as to the ultimate sacrifice, that some, among us, are willing to lay down their lives for a fellow neighbor they don’t even know.  You can be guaranteed those people live right here, next door, everyday, ready to sacrifice for us.

These are the people we honor in our 9/11 memorials. Their legacy of sacrifice will live in our celebration of life that we have every year.

This year’s 9/11 service will be dedicated to the 19 hot shot fire fighters who died this summer in Arizona.

We invite all to Cambria to our short, speechless ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Cambria Veterans Memorial Flag Stand. We have a solemn remembrance and then we celebrate life with a free hot dog and hamburger barbecue, complete with the Ladies Auxiliary serving up a fabulous salad bar.

It is a great event, perfect for the young kids, as the ceremony is short, the food is free, all get glow sticks, and  everyone will still get home in time for bed.  Please come and honor our hometown heroes with us.  You won’t be disappointed.

David “Smokey” Drew

The Sons of the American Legion

‘Love and support’

Dear community, friends and family,

On behalf of my son, TJ Miller, and our family, thank you so much for coming out and participating in the spaghetti dinner event on Sept. 4. We have had the most amazing show of support for, “Two Wishes for TJ” and we want to give you all a HUGE thank you for your help in making TJ’s wishes come true!

We would like to give special thanks to the wonderful volunteers who gave so much of their time and resources to make this a success. We appreciate you more than you know.
Thank you, Kirk Henning, Lani Zaragoza, Kit Hansen, Steve Kniffen, Cindy Sassaman, Todd Steeb, Andy Zinn, Brad and Donna Gingg, Lana Crunelle,  Suzanne Kennedy, Debbie Markham and so many more!

Also a very special thank you to our community and local businesses that generously donated to the spaghetti dinner: The American Legion, Cayucos Market, Indigo Moon, JJ’s Pizza, Linn’s, Madeline’s, Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill, Robin’s, San Simeon Beach Bar & Grill, Sea Chest, and The Pub, and also to all the businesses and community members that offered to help, and to The Cambrian.

Your love and support of TJ and our family is so appreciated!

Our family is looking forward to spending this special time with TJ in Hawaii and we will be carrying you with us in our hearts. We want to let you know that we are keeping positive thoughts for TJ’s future and our hopes are high that the chemo treatments will continue to work and TJ will be accepted into a clinical trial at UCLA when he turns 18 in January. Meanwhile, he will be concentrating his efforts on being a senior and graduating with his class this year.

Please continue to send your positive thoughts to TJ and our family — you mean the world to us and may your kindness return to you always.

With love and hope,

Laura Lathrop, Matthew Holder, TJ and Andrew Miller


Pick a pound pup

Sorry to be the bearer of sad news, Mr. DeLapp (Aug. 29, “Can’t beat this pet with a stick”), but if your stick insect can’t lead the blind, become a cadaver dog, detect when its owner is about to have a heart attack or a seizure, can rescue drowning people, bring joy to prisoners in rehab programs, catch criminals, thwart would be burglars, serve in foreign wars etc. etc., then I don’t think it is going to be missed by anyone but your grieving self.

Perhaps, instead of purchasing another purebred dog, you could adopt a homeless one that has been abandoned to a shelter and sitting on death row through no fault of its own. Now that is a noble thing to do.

I hope Stickey is soon on the road to a full recovery.

Rita Burton


Failing technology

The Academic Performance Index scores at the high school in Cambria fell more than at any school in the county. Just last year, our board and superintendent forced iPads down the throats of the students and test scores fell further than anyone thought possible.

If you think technology is an answer to learning, you are wrong.

Steve Kniffen


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