Special Olympics thank you
Our daughter, Jessie, participated in the Special Olympics track meet held at Cuesta College on May 1.
We would like to thank Mark Kniffen for all the support he gave Jessie this year. He and the leadership class from Santa Lucia Middle School helped Jessie by practicing with her, and they also went to the event to cheer for her.
She received two gold medals — one in the softball throw and the other in the 50-meter race. We are blessed to live here in Cambria.
Amy and Rick Auricchio
It’s interesting how we all look at the world differently. I have a tree that died a while ago. I cut off the top to keep it from falling on some wires and left the rest for cavity-nesting birds and other critters for shelter.
A couple of weeks ago, I was rewarded with a pair of downy woodpeckers examining it as a prospective home. They took turns at excavation and made a perfect dollar-sized entrance and have taken up residence. I look forward to continued observation and hope to see a new generation emerge.
Without standing dead trees, there would be no cavity for nesters such as the woodpeckers, the bluebirds, titmice, some owls and ducks and others. It’s strange how one would look at an object as a disaster and another as a delight.
Try wood mulch
I spent last week in Yosemite at the Western Arborist Seminar, which focused on the drought and trees in California.
The very best thing you can do to protect the trees and plants in your landscape is to first stop raking the leaves and needles that are on the ground. Add 3 to 6 inches of wood-chip mulch to your entire yard and replenish it in six months; after that, once a year. The layer of mulch placed on top of the soil helps to hold in moisture and nutrients contained in the organic matter, which will break down and feed the roots of your landscape.
There are huge piles of perfect wood mulch at Winsor Woodyard out at Clyde Warren’s ranch out on San Simeon Creek Road. You will find two different piles of chips at the woodyard. One is made up of yard waste and branches, the other is chipped wood from logs left at the yard. Both are excellent.
Thoughts on waste
When the Las Vegas gal dissed Cambrians’ sanitary habits because they have been so successful at conserving water (a total non sequitur!), she certainly created a stir.
Now editor Steve Provost has fanned the flame, and I say well done! (His column also appeared in The Tribune). We really needed to know how much water is wasted by flushing down pee. I wrote about this a year ago and was a little embarrassed to even bring the subject up. But I now have a sign on one of my decks that encourages “if it’s yellow, let it mellow.”
I’ve read that flushing toilets can consume as much as 40 percent of potable water in urban areas. It doesn’t generally, maybe 15 to 25 percent. Still, it’s such a “waste.”
Flush toilets were invented to control diseases caused by chamber pot dumping. Still, there is a better way — composting toilets. Alas, it’s expensive and not suitable to every situation. A hero’s award to you if you create “humanure.”
As for the convenience of having public restrooms in town, yes, we take them for granted, but many places do not have them. A recent Wall Street Journal piece referred to a tourist community in New York that has tried to get public toilets built for 25 years. Every time it’s about to happen, somebody objects or the money dries up. Tourists line up for the one “john” at the public library, and have for years!
S--- happens, as does p--. I just wish people would do the right thing(s) with both.
William L. Seavey
Caesar and God
I respectfully take exception to a recent opinion on Christian leadership.
It is simply not true that the church has been lagging throughout its history on issues related to societal responsibility. Consider colleges, secondary schools, hospitals and clinics, children’s homes, inner city missions, preschools, food banks, shelters for the homeless and abused, legal aid centers, disaster relief and counseling, offered in response to people’s needs. The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill Industries, Samaritan’s Purse and Heifer International all had their beginnings within the Christian church. A young black Baptist pastor named Martin organized a movement seeking dramatic change in civil rights.
Also, a second issue deserves my response.
While I believe we are all part of the sacred tissue of humanity, I do not believe all things are equal. The words of Jesus can instruct us in this area, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
When scripture declares that God’s order for creation is “male and female,” a truth upheld by Jesus in Matthew’s gospel (19:4-6), should the Christian Church be called upon to deny itself and capitulate?
Sadly some denominations wrongly confused love and justice with concurrence and acceptance.
Sadly some denominations have wrongly confused love and justice with concurrence and acceptance.
It should not be so.
On the Caesar side, let there be the legitimate availability of all the goods and services society has to offer to whomever. However, on God’s side let us not tamper with the divine order for creation — male and female, and the parameters God has set from the beginning for marriage.
J. Stewart Kreiss
First, let me say that I have the utmost respect for John Linn and the business he and his family have created in our small community.
In his Viewpoint in the May 7 edition of The Cambrian, Mr. Linn criticizes the governor of California’s staff for boasting of a balanced budget while Mr. Linn, along with most business owners in California, and many other states, have had to pay higher payroll taxes in order to reimburse the federal government for monies borrowed during the Great Recession to pay extended unemployment benefits.
Unfortunately, the extended benefits must be repaid through higher payroll tax levies because, as I understand it, that is how the unemployment benefit scheme was set up in the first place.
Moreover, it’s not wrong to say California has a balanced budget so long as taxes collected equal the state’s expenses incurred — including servicing long-term debt. No different than if I earn enough to pay my current expenses including mortgage debt principal and interest on my home but not enough to pay off the entire mortgage balance. Just my two cents.
Iggy Fedoroff, B.A. Economics, MBA