So what do the benefits of health care reform mean to us here in Cambria? Well, according to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, here are some of the impacts for us in Congresswoman Lois Capps’ 23rd Congressional District:
• Improve coverage for those 350,000 of us in her district with health insurance and end insurance company abuses by banning discrimination against 17,000 residents with pre-existing conditions;
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• Guarantee affordable coverage by providing tax credits and other assistance for up to 143,000 families and 16,200 small businesses. The bill also extends coverage to 92,000 uninsured residents, and allows 78,000 young adults to obtain coverage on their parents’ insurance plans. That’s a lot of young people; and
• By passing this bill, Congresswoman Capps also helped reduce the cost of care, saving 900 families from health care related bankruptcy, improved Medicare for 92,000 seniors, including closing the doughnut hole, and reduced the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals (including those emergency room visits) and other health care providers by $28 million annually.
So, thank you Congresswoman Lois Capps! It took courage to stand up to the insurance industry on behalf of us here along the North Coast. It is greatly appreciated.
Steve Brody Cambria
In Cambria, we all depend on the kindness and generosity of our neighbors for our well-being and for our special needs. Many shops and businesses in town have donation jars for Sober Grad, Fourth of July Fireworks, HART and other nonprofits and for special events to assist those in our community who need some extra help.
In the library, we have always kept a jar on the counter for the New Building Fund of the Friends of the Cambria Library, and every precious dollar goes toward finishing the new library building.
We were deeply saddened to discover on Saturday, March 27, that someone had made off with the jar and its contents.
While we keep telling ourselves that whoever took the money must really need it, we remain frustrated and angry over its loss. We also want to advise others in town to keep an eye on the donation jars they graciously accommodate.
Joen Kommer, librarian
An atheist was complaining about all the holidays that Christians and Jews have, but atheists had none. Atheists do have a holiday.
The calendar says April 1 is April Fool’s Day. Psalms 14:1 states: “The fool says in his heart, ‘there is no God.’ ”
Thus it is my opinion that April 1 is the atheist’s holiday.
Don Campo Cambria
Words not enough
Words cannot begin to convey our heartfelt thanks to this incredible town. To all of you who turned out for our daughter Sarahs’ benefit, we thank you. It was a fabulous day. The amazing generosity from the people of Cambria was mindboggling!
First and foremost, we want to thank Shelley Woeste from the American Legion Auxiliary. This entire thing was her idea and she coordinated it from start to finish. She was amazing!
To all the ladies of the Auxiliary who donated their time to setting up, serving and cleaning up, we thank you. A HUGE thank-you to the Sons of The American Legion for donating and cooking all of the delicious food. Thanks go out to Ron Waltman and Clark Doyle from the American Legion for all their help.
To Doug Beckett of Peachy Canyon Winery, who generously donated all the wonderful wine, we thank you very much.
A big thank-you goes out to Billy Foppiano and Frankie Paredes of The Mighty Croon Dogs, Jon Boon-Jones, Darrell Voss,
Jim Conroy, Phil Hauser, David Plumb, Nikki Anderson and Chris Anderson for providing all the fabulous music.
A huge thank-you to all the merchants, artists and individuals for the incredible array of items for our raffle. Your generosity was beyond our expectations.
And, last but not least, we want to thank John Brannon for the excellent article in The Cambrian which we know prompted many of you to attend and to donate money.
We raised nearly $10,000 dollars to send Sarah on an experience of a lifetime. We still have a bit to go, but we are confident that she will be studying in Spain in the fall and living her dream and we have the town of Cambria to thank. We are truly blessed to live here!
Scott and Patty Wright Cambria