For change? Really?
On occasion of the recent water usage restrictions implemented by Cambria Community Services District, it’s worth recalling that Cambria’s water supply problem was solved for good back in the mid-’90s by the CCSD board of Reg Perkins, Peter Chaldecott, John Angel, Pat Childs and Helen May.
That board had a desalination plant project that was designed, permitted, financed, and ready to be advertised for construction bids. If that project had been built Cambria would never have had another water shortage.
But with the election of 1996, Don Villaneuve, Kat McConnell, and Lou Blanck joined the board as directors and the new majority put the project on hold so they could do “more studies.” One study lead to another and, meanwhile, they allowed their permit to expire so here we are today, nearly 20 years later, and still with no water project.
And we still have some calling for more studies.
The new group that has formed, Cambrians for Change, is reminiscent of the group that killed the previously approved project. Many are wondering why they don’t call themselves Cambrians Against Change.
Movements like this are not about solving the water problem, they are about maintaining the moratorium. They tend to favor water sources that will satisfy their own needs but not generate enough water to serve any new customers.
When CCSD does what some of them have been asking for years — enhance conservation — and then proposes to distribute the savings to awaiting customers they are furious. They want the savings distributed amongst themselves. The bottom line will always be that you can’t have a viable water supply solution that keeps the moratorium in place. That’s what is driving them crazy.
If Cambria residents want to stop worrying about water they would do well to keep these things in mind and give their support to those who are there to bring water, and not to those who are there to continue the study merry-go-round.
Fix it, don’t dump it
The Affordable Care Act is the first step towards all Americans having health care which is a right. It provides benefits that we would not otherwise have received without the legislation. The ACA does have some problems and they should be addressed but doing away with it completely is not the solution when improving it is the answer.
The health and care of our families should not be so difficult and certainly not controlled solely by the for-profit insurance industry.
Until we have Medicare for all the ACA is the common sense bridge to the long-term solution.
Hold gov’t accountable
There should be no automatic legal immunity for any government official, or employee, who commits a criminal act that loses the citizen’s trust and/or is in conflict of their sworn duties.
The penalty should be a quick, and direct, 20-year imprisonment — not in a cushy government prison, in a people’s prison.
Lack of responsibilities and prosecutions for actions committed by them, is what has downgraded the morals of the people and the integrity of our government. The citizens look to our government to adhere to the law — not to show citizens how to avoid it.
Accountability should always prevail.
David T. Manion
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