We were as surprised as our readers when longtime Cambrian columnist John Brannon chose to announce his retirement from writing his “My Turn” column in the May 10 edition.
John was already as much a part of Cambria as pine pollen when I washed up on these shores nearly 12 years ago. He’s been as steady a presence in these pages as waves are washing up on the shore. We had expected that to continue for some time to come, but appreciate that he’s making the tough-but-wise situation to quit while he can still knock the ball out of the park.
While the end of his weekly run (now in excess of 700 editions) is set for May 31, we hope to continue to share his musings about Cambria and its people in some fashion after that. Stay tuned. It will take John some time to prepare his house of 30-some years here for sale and who knows how long to sell it before he can move to Costa Mesa to be closer to family.
In the meantime, as we decide how to use the “My Turn” space on an ongoing basis, we’d like to continue on in the spirit of John’s contributions for a bit — and that’s where you come in, dear reader.
For us, the value of John’s columns came in taking a step back to reflect on the Cambria experience — what’s great about this place and its people, with occasional observations on what could be better.
We’re asking you to keep that voice in the paper. Write to us about what Cambria means to you — What brought you here? What keeps you here? What are you grateful for? What could be better?
We’ll call it “Your Turn.”
Whether it’s the scenic beauty we’re so fortunate to live in but become so used to we forget how lucky we are; or the small-town community events like the Memorial Day ceremony coming up Monday; or how the town comes together to accomplish big things, like working together to secure “The Ranch” (East West/Fiscalini) for ourselves and our posterity; or how spirited Cambrians can be in discussing affairs large and small, usually with civility and creativity, but occasionally not so much.
There’s more, lots more, fodder for our civic and hopefully civil discussion. Write about whatever’s on your mind, be it large thoughts or intimate observations — just as John did in “My Turn.”
Now it’s “Your Turn.”
Share with us your thoughts, anything from six to 600 words. Send them by email to cambrian@the tribunenews.com, mail to P.O. Box 67, fax to 927-4708, or just drop by The Cambrian at 2442 Main St. and deliver it in person and say hello.