Crowds made it fun
Viv and I wish to thank everyone involved for the honor of acting as grand marshals for the 2015 Pinedorado. It was nice to be chosen, as there are so many deserving people in our community.
It was with pride that we represented this club, The Lions Club of Cambria, and the outstanding group of people who are its members. Not everyone realizes everything that the club does for our community. The crowds lining the parade route accepted us with words and gestures, and this made it fun.
After we arrived at the end of the parade route, we were able to sit down and watch the whole parade that had over 70 entries.
Hmm, Lets see, yeah, it was the 20th century — 1976 — when that research science-type guy, Dr. Franklin Stein, began work here in Cambria to create an entity that he hoped would be of aid to the wee community.
So he went to the various pieces he’d collected and kept in jars of formaldehyde and began stitching them together. He did not, of course, have access to the literary works of Mary Shelley, so just plowed ahead. When nearly complete he dubbed it CCSD. Then one day, the thunder from the falling of a giant pin animated “the thing.”
The fallout from his experiment terrified him to a guilt so profound that he vowed to hunt down and exterminate “the thing.” Unfortunately, today the doctor is gone, and “the thing” not only lives on, but is growing, morphing and relentlessly consuming.
Thank you for The Cambrian’s support through excellent publicity and a colorful ad for our Drive-Through Enchilada Dinner. It was a roaring success, with our numbers more than double this year.
Thanks also to a small but dedicated team preparing for days, and serving the community who supported our Scholarship Benefit by purchasing and enjoying the delicious meals. We especially appreciate Santa Rosa Parish for partnering with us as we utilized their hall and kitchen again.
We are so impressed with the generosity and spirit in Cambria!
Tala Romero, Chairman; Jean Chinnici, President
El Pinal Parlor No. 163, Native Daughters of the Golden West
We applaud Bill Morem for his ability to listen attentively to his interviewee and write an accurate, fair and balanced article. He was an outstanding journalist. Moreover, he was a kind and caring human being, who will be sorely missed.
Julian and Donna Crocker
There is a very simple solution to your problems with the Cambria Fire Department.
The following steps will ensure public safety and the best possible service to our community in all aspects that Cambria Fire Department is responsible to ensure.
First and foremost, return the Cambria Fire Department to a stand-alone Fire Protection District.
The following will take affect.
- All monies due the Cambria Fire Department from property taxes will be spent only on the Fire Department.
- All personnel issues such as negotiations, promotions, hiring and discipline will cease for you.
- CCSD administration will be relieved of all jobs related to Fire Department functions, i.e. payroll, health care, etc.
- CCSD general manager will have fewer duties, allowing him to concentrate his efforts as you direct him.
- A stand-alone Cambria Fire Department will have its own elected board of directors, which will allow them to concentrate all their efforts on improving all aspects of the Cambria Fire Department thus ensuring the best possible service to our community.
- The fire chief will be directly responsible to the board of directors communicating information directly to them, thus eliminating the possibility of misinformation being sent through a general manager.
As the retired fire chief of the Rescue Fire Protection District, I know this system works, benefiting all citizens and employees.
Please take this under consideration as a solution to your issues with the Cambria Fire Department.
William E. Knoop, Fire Chief (retired)
No paramedic risk
In the Sept. 16 issue of the Cambrian, Jerry Wood claims that “paramedic service” would be at risk if the CCSD should contract with Cal Fire.
I just want to remind readers that it is the Cambria Community Healthcare District, not the Cambria Fire Department, that provides this region’s emergency medical services. The CCHD will continue to provide those services, no matter what decisions are made about who provides fire protection.
Barbara Bronson Gray
Trustee, Cambria Community Healthcare District
In response to John FitzRandolph’s latest baloney ... News flash! FitzRandolph’s bombast doesn’t fly with this Cambria Caucasian.