Cambrian Letters to the Editor July 17

July 17, 2014 

Who sent mailer?

The other day, I accidentally opened a piece of junk mail urging Cambrians to protest the CCSD’s proposal to raise water rates. Inside the envelope was a list of alleged reasons not to support the CCSD’s proposed rate increase. There was also a “protest form” that we were urged to sign and mail to the CCSD immediately.

Several of the points the senders made were grossly inaccurate. They overstated the amount of water needed to do a required test of the emergency water system. They exaggerated the potential cost of the emergency system. They claimed there was no chance of getting a federal grant to help pay for the system, which is untrue. They suggested available ranch water might solve our problem, which is false.

But what’s worse is that the material was not signed by anyone. It has to make you wonder: Who are these people who are urging you to try to stop an emergency water project in its tracks? Why aren’t they putting their names to the letter? And who paid for the mailing and postage?

If the members or even the leaders of the so-called “Cambrians for Fiscal Responsibility” are afraid to sign their names on the mail they send you, why would you take their direction and sign your name to the protest form?

Barbara Bronson Gray
Cambria

Support rate hike

There’s no doubt that three years of drought is taking its toll on Cambria. Not only in town, but along the creeks that provide water for the community. Many of our neighbors on San Simeon Creek are seeing historically abundant springs reduced to a mere trickle — or dried up entirely. In our own backyard, the creek’s usual burble this time of year is ominously silent.

I see a message in the silence. The water source we have all depended on for decades is in trouble. We can no longer take for granted that it will always give us sustenance.

Whether we’re in a cycle of historic drought or experiencing a new reality of climate change, the time has come to find a new source of supplemental water. The time, in my opinion, is actually long past due.

The CCSD, oft accused of inaction, has actually taken a bold step to install an emergency desal plant on San Simeon Creek to provide backup water for the crisis of today and shortages of tomorrow. As a Cambria resident on San Simeon Creek and a homeowner in town, I support their decision and encourage Cambrians to agree to the rate increase to pay for it.

Susan McDonald
Cambria

Cheer for libraries

The League of Women Voters congratulates county library director Chris Barnickel and his staff on their decision to expand library operating hours at branches throughout the county beginning July 1.

We are pleased that libraries will be open again on Mondays and that evening hours are being expanded. We look forward to Sunday afternoon hours at some branches in the future.

The League recognizes that public libraries are an integral part of the communities they serve, providing valuable information, entertainment and educational resources to enhance the lives of local residents. We support adequate funding to preserve and expand the library system, and we encourage residents of all ages to take advantage of the important services libraries offer.

Marilee Hyman
President, League of Women Voters

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