Cambrian Letters to the Editor

Cambrian Letters to the Editor Oct. 31

cambrian@thetribunenews.comOctober 30, 2013 

‘Cambrians for Change’

For Cambrians who are fed up with business as usual in regard to the Cambria Community Services District and its seemingly inability to govern, you will have an opportunity to share your thoughts, concerns, and ideas at a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Rabobank.

Please join us as we look toward the future in addressing the needs that have been ignored by this board. Your voices are important, and we hope you will attend and share them with members of the community at this introductory meeting.

Tina Dickason and Jeff Hellman


Barbecue for Zane

Richard and Charlene Chauvaux were our earliest friends in Cambria, longtime residents (25 years on Sheffield Street), who both died in their early 60s within a year of each other.

Now their son Zane, a skilled carpenter who many of you might know as the fellow who often rode his bicycle around town with his parents’ dog Zeus (often carrying him on the handlebars!) is recovering from brain surgery for a malignant tumor. Zane worked for us occasionally and many others. He has had many medical expenses.

This family has had one tragedy after another. There will be a benefit for Zane at the American Legion at 1000 Main St. from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. The cost is $15. There will be tri-tip or chicken with salad, beans, garlic bread and dessert.

For more information or to donate for a silent auction, contact his sister Spring at stgordon2010 (Brother Seth, 909-0203, also lives in town).

Thanks for helping.

William L. Seavey


Axe gov’t healthcare

In his Oct. 10 letter (“Wrong Motivation”), Mr. Archer gave six reasons why Congress should shut down the government. Ironically, he described succinctly how this current administration is running our country. However, his rationale for objecting to an “obstructionist minority” shutting down our government over the implementation of nationalized health care is fraught with inaccuracies.

The House has passed several compromising bills in order to re-open the government: One that denies the exemption of Congress from the Affordable Care Act (if it’s good enough for us, then why not Congress?) and another that delays the individual mandate for a year (the same as what Obama did illegally for big business).

The Senate’s recent track record of refusing to even vote on these measures would somehow indicate the title of obstructionists belongs to this majority-controlled arm of Congress … and the White House.

Also, the government is in a slow down, not a shut down. It seems to me many of these federally-funded programs on hold ought to be run by lower levels of government or the private sector. So if a shut down becomes an issue in the future, it will be Congress’ own paychecks at stake, not holding public services hostage, as our all-or-nothing administration is doing.

Finally, according to the CNN Poll taken at the end of last month, 58 percent of Americans do not want a health care program mandated and run by the federal government. I heard demands for health care reform, but not a government takeover. Not one Republican vote passed this bill, and the one conservative member of the Supreme Court, Judge Roberts, deemed the ACA a tax (something Obama denied it to be for three years), while completely ignoring the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

There are many ways to make our national health care system more affordable and accessible — start with mimicking the highly competitive homeowners and car insurance business. How much will hardworking Americans and the economy have to suffer to before a revolt against this socialist scheme occurs?

Randall Schwalbe


Thanks for Vine time

It takes a lot of people with dedication, enthusiasm and humor to create and carry out an event like the Vine Dining Winemaker Dinner sponsored by the Cambria Historical Society on Sunday, Oct. 13. And from the response we’ve received, it looks like we may be calling on them to do it again next year. But first we need to share our gratitude.

We send many thanks to the talented chefs from Cambria’s top restaurants who worked together seamlessly to prepare a fabulous meal: Steve Kniffen, Sea Chest Oyster Bar; Jay Somers, Indigo Moon Café; Matt Beckett, Linn’s Restaurant; and Michael Wood, Robin’s Restaurant. The food was beyond spectacular to the point that diners already want to sign up for next year. Great job, guys!

Great appreciation goes to the Stolo Family Winery for hosting the dinner and pouring their outstanding wines. Maria Stolo Bennetti is a joy to work with and the winery setting is stunning.

Without question, our legion of volunteers made it all come together, working tirelessly to plan and carry out every detail, and we are grateful for their energy, talent and boundless humor. They include Consuelo Macedo, Penny Church, Kelly Johnson, Janis Hudler, Mark and Chris Landgreen, Carol O’Herlihy, Debbie Johnson, Susie Bassetti, Jan and Jim Bahringer, Nancy Bennett, Valerie Eastman, Cindy Steidel, and Dennis and Linda Rightmer.

We thank Mark O’Bryan (aka Bart) for his lively delivery as emcee and auctioneer and Cindy Steidel , Marcelle Bakula and Aaron Linn for keeping things moving smoothly from the kitchen to the diners. We are amazed and appreciative of the professional work by our legion of volunteer servers. We offer a standing ovation for the Cambria Community Bus drivers, including CHS President Jack Breglio, who safely delivered our diners to and from the winery.

Our event sponsors and auction donors not only provided money and services to put on Vine Dining, but assured that the Cambria Historical Society would benefit from funding to support museum operations, educational programs, historic archives and student scholarships. Thanks go to the Cambria Tourism Board, Bassetti Vineyards, Hearst Castle, Linn’s, Harvey’s Honey Huts, Barnett Cox & Associates, and Cambria Nursery. And we appreciate the unbelievable generosity of the auction bidders.

Here’s to a special evening and successful event.

Susan McDonald, Vine Dining chairman

Cambria Historical Society

Raising Cane funds

The Lions Club of Cambria wishes to thank the Cambria Drug & Gift pharmacy, Heritage Oaks Bank, Rabobank, Cookie Crock Market, the U.S. Post Office and Farmers Market for letting us set up for White Cane Day on Oct. 18. We also wish to thank all 42 people who worked on behalf of the Lions; some worked double shifts. A heartfelt thanks to all the Cambrians and visitors, who donated to this worthy cause!!

The publicity by reporter Kathe Tanner was very welcome and contributed to the success of this endeavor.

All money donated is spent LOCALLY for EYE CARE. Vision screening is done yearly at our Cambria schools and eye care for those in need. We also work with other groups, by collecting eyeglasses from several optometrists around the county. The glasses are then packed and shipped to other countries to help their people. Vision care is the priority of all Lions Clubs and Cambria does their part, thanks to all of you. The total collected this year was $1,788.75.

My sincere thanks,

Lanny Loveland, chairman

Cambria White Cane campaign

Get off the list

If you want to stop those annoying news ads you receive two times a week in your mail, to to Then click on “contact Valassis.” Then click on Red Plum to be removed from their mailing list. Fill out the form and submit it.

It will take a month or a month and a half to be removed. Or you can call 800-437-0479 until 3 p.m. Eastern time to tell them. I completed mine on line. I’m looking forward to the end of them.

David Manion


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