Cambrian: Opinion

Letters to the Editor April 15 - 21

Encroaching ice plant on the Ranch Bluff Trail
Encroaching ice plant on the Ranch Bluff Trail

Spare that axe

T his has been a hard year for our trees here on the Central Coast. We lost four during the storm in January and then had four others removed fearing they could do major damage to our house or our neighbors. This has been repeated by many living here in our beautiful forest.

Then it is reported that nearly 350 eucalpytus trees will be removed near the Santa Rosa Creek. I know they are non-natives but they have created part of our wonderful landscape for over 100 years and are a stopping place for the monarch butterflies. Wouldn’t it be better to put crews to work taking out the very invasive pampas grass and Scotch broom covering our roadsides and hills?

Why not start planting natives, including the sycamore and, as they grow and mature, then begin removing what is considered undesirable?

My husband and I chose to live here where we are fortunate to have both the ocean and the trees. Please don’t remove the trees.

Nancy Warrick Cambria

Made a difference

Once again the McDonald family wants to extend a huge heartfelt thank you. On March 17 many of you gathered at El Chorlito Restaurant to attend a fundraiser for our family. Dan sustained a head injury from a bicycle accident on Dec. 5. (Yes, he was wearing a helmet! We can only imagine what would have happened if he wasn’t, so we want to encourage all who ride to make sure they wear their helmets!!)

It is just so difficult to put into words the deep and sincere appreciation we have to all of you who attended and contributed. This really helps us since neither of us are working while Dan makes his way through recovery. We want to extend a special thank you to Dick Cameron for organizing the event, to Bob and Evelyn Morales, owners of El Chorlito, for donating their restaurant and food, and to the employees who donated their time. We know that there were many of Dan’s sailing friends at the fundraiser and we also want to thank them.

Again, too many people attended to thank individually but please know we are touched by every-one’s caring deeds and you are all in our thoughts. Your acts of kindness shows the true goodness in peoples’ hearts. It has warmed our hearts and has given us more strength and courage to carry on during these months. We wish, also, that we could respond to all of you individually who have sent cards, prayers, good wishes, e-mails, and donated but we just haven’t been able to. We hope that everyone will see this and know that you have made a difference! With love and gratitude,

Linda, Dan and Kelsey McDonald Cambria

Taking a chance

After reading a recent editorial about Cambria losing businesses and not looking to the future, it is refreshing to know that a new practical store has opened.

I have been driving at least twice a month to Morro Bay to get pet supplies, which has not always been convenient. Sometimes it is the only reason I leave our beautiful town. Now I have everything I need right here because a new pet store has opened in the West Village.

Thank you to the new owners for taking a chance on our town and opening a store I have needed for a long time.

Kay Luthi Cambria

Smoke’s shroud

Easter Sunday— Resurrection

and Peeps— came and went on the North Coast, leaving in its wake a shroud of smoke and soot from ritual fireplaces. Praise the Lord, but please pass the disease.

M. Power Giacoletti San Simeon

Stick it to thistles

C ambrians should be alerted to a major danger that threatens the beauty of their village and forests. Pockets of non-native, invasive Italian and Canadian/milk thistle have already been noticed in Cambria’s fields, forests and residential areas and, if not stopped, will soon be blocking hiking paths and infesting forests and private gardens.

These extremely fast spreading plants stand 4-5 feet high and both the leaves and flower head are lined with sharp points that tear at the clothes and fester in the paws of soft footed animals. They are an ecological nightmare, and their dead stalks fuel hot and rapidly spreading fires. If the Cambria Community Services has not yet initiated a spraying program, which many other towns have, then individual residents must take it upon themselves this spring to chop down or spray any thistles before the magenta flowers form seeds and disperse them.

I know what I am talking about; I just spent five years and thousands of dollars trying to eradicate these plants from some grazing land in the San Joaquin Valley. Stop these before it is too late.

Nancy Moure Cambria

Flowers are iced out

As a Cambrian ex-patriot living in the North County, I still love to walk the Ranch when visiting friends. I normally use the upper trails as it’s easier to walk a dog off-leash up there in the woods, without so many fellow walkers, and there is always so much to see!

Last week, I decided to take the Bluff Trail to view the wild flowers. I hadn’t been on the Bluff Trail for several years. I was shocked to see how much the ice plant had choked out the delicate bluff wild flowers. Yes, the ice plant is lovely, but I can see ice plant pretty much anywhere. Perhaps the regular Cambria walkers haven’t noticed how much the ice plant has taken over the bluffs, but for someone who rarely walks there, the difference in the abundance of bluff wild flowers is huge.

Laurel Renz Creston

Courting inflation

How can someone possibly think that printing more money will solve financial issues? Doing this only creates problems and sends America down the drain of inflation. If we try to look at the whole picture, we’ll see that when the government creates more dollars, it’s decreasing the value of the dollar itself. This piece of paper isn’t worth what it says it’s worth just because the government says so. We should be using certificates that are received in exchange for something of actual worth, such as gold or silver.

In 1987, when the Federal Reserve stopped the creation of useless bills, the stock market crashed and a recession began. If money is being printed now to keep that from happening, then down the road things are looking a lot worse.

Maybe a crash in the market and a recession is exactly what we need. But once this happens, we face the events of Dec. 20, 1992, all over again—when the Federal Reserve cut the discount rate a full 3.5 percent. At the time, creating more dollars seemed like a good idea because the stock market would then shoot up. But what wasn’t examined was the fact that the problem that was just “fixed” will resurface.

What America needs to realize is that no matter what people say, “more money” (useless money) is in no way good for the future. The questions that need to be answered are: Do we want to solve our problems? And, if so, are we willing to face a bigger one to do so?

Melanie Cashdan Cambria