The Covell Ranch Nature Conservancy easement has come up in the Viewpoint and several letters to the editor in recent weeks.
For those of you who are not aware, the forest area that has been fenced is bordered by the town of Cambria, Pine Knolls, Happy Hill, Leimert and Bridge Street. It has a network of trails that have been used for generations to connect these neighborhoods and the town. The area is a designated nature conservancy and commercial activity of any kind is prohibited.
Walter Fitzhugh’s letter regarding the property rights of ranchers is well taken. His concern for private property rights, cattle grazing, agriculture, theft and damage to property are shared by all.
However, this is a very different situation. Mr. Covells ranch has a Nature Conservancy easement on it. He was paid over $4 million dollars to keep this area from development in perpetuity. There is no grazing of cattle or agriculture in the forest area. Now, Mr. Covell and the Nature Conservancy have put up a six-wire barbed fence to keep “you people” out.
What once was a beautiful open space, enjoyed by many in the area, has now become a no-mans land surrounded by barbed wire.
I respect Mr. Fitzhugh’s view, but this is an entirely different situation.
Kingston Bay concerns
I was surprised to see an opinion piece (“Concerns over Kingston Bay,” Dec. 20), by someone I didn’t even know (Tony Couch), so adamently opposed to the Kingston Bay senior living center. (My wife and I WERE in the same North Coast Advisory Council meeting he was).
He makes a lot of good points, even more than we’d thought about — and we’re neighbors right on the lot line of the likely-to-be-approved new facility! We do feel there is a need for a senior care facility — but like a lot of us we would just rather it not be NEXT DOOR! Call it nimbyism (not-in-my-back-yard-ism) in this case, I guess.
Our main concerns, however, are construction noise (for up to two years?), invasions of privacy, traffic and the restricted viewshed from our property. We’ve forwarded to developer Jeff King and others a letter representing several owners on six lots on Londonderry Lane (next to the project’s eight lots) who wish a tall wall built on the lot line, at Kingston Bay’s expense. This, we feel, is the least they can do to mitigate the project.
William and Eleanor Seavey
Taxes weigh on economy
In response to Donald Archer’s letter (“Revamp tax policy,” Dec. 20), I was wondering on what his assertions were based. Making a simple connection between trickle-down economics and hemorrhaging wealth to the rich ignores the root cause of our current situation: a bloated and ever-expanding government and its excessive entitlement programs.
If we return to the Clinton-era tax rates that were associated with the prosperity of that time, then let’s also return to ’90s government that was 30 percent less than today’s. At what point is our civic responsibility (paying taxes) compromised by reckless and irresponsible government spending?
If you do the math, you will find it is impossible to tax our way out of the current deficit, so why punish those who provide private sector jobs that, in turn, create a wider tax-payer base? Congress should not raise taxes, but instead, cut one cent from every dollar the government spends.
Raising taxes is not a wise move during a recessionary economy — it simply takes money out of the private sector and makes it available to increase entitlement programs and public sector jobs. This scenario will eventually lead to the extinction of the private sector. Trickle-down government takes us down the path toward socialism, something our framers did not intend.
Gun letter misfires
I truly doubt the veracity of Gary Karner’s recent letter in The Cambrian (“Automatic weapons,” Dec. 20). First of all, Mr. Karner claims to be a gun owner, hunter and army veteran, and yet he misrepresents cartridges or rounds, as they are commonly called, as “shells,” and in effect claims semi-auto guns to have automatic firing capacity. THEY DO NOT!
He continues his diatribe to say no one needs an automatic weapon for anything, and that individual citizens don’t have any need to own or use excessive capacity automatic weapons. The truth is automatic firearms of any capacity have been strictly controlled by the federal government since 1934, and they are further strictly controlled by the various states.
It clearly appears Mr. Karner is being a shill for the anti-gun lobby pure and simple, and anything he says should be suspect.
A year for the books
This has been a wonderful year for the Friends of the Cambria Library, thanks to all the amazing donations that have helped us reach our goal of a new library in Cambria. Saying “thank you” seems so inadequate, but it truly comes from the heart.
Most of all, I want to say a special “thank you” to the members of the board of the Friends group. They are the backbone of the book sales and fundraisers and are always there to provide support and direction. They come to very early (8:30 a.m.) meetings and also bake great cookies!
Someone asked if we were going to disband the Friends once the new building was open. The answer is a resounding NO! We will continue our membership and book sales. The money goes to buy books, make needed repairs and provide items that cutbacks in the system have had to eliminate.
We look forward to opening our new library late next year and thank you for your continued support.
I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year,
Jeri Farrell, president
Friends of the Cambria Library