Cambrian: Opinion

Letters to the Editor May 20 - 26

Cell shortcomings

Recently, our family and friends gathered in Cambria. We stayed in motels, rental homes and private homes. We think Cambria has great shopping, restaurants and ocean walks.

Many of us are frequent visitors to Cambria. There is one great problem and that is lack of cell phone coverage.

There are so many essential reasons that people need cell phones, reasons that were not apparent 10 years ago: Contacting children or aged parents, emergency contacting for travel, car trouble, saving petrol by getting information on hours of business, reservations, making appointments, availability of phone line during power outages. These are just some of the reasons cell phones are so important.

But another huge reason is to help the economy of Cambria.

Many people need to engage in some business while away from home. Having a cell phone enables them to take a break, while still being in phone contact. Doctors can stay in touch with their patients.

If a cell tower is a problem, imagine that in a few years technology will advance to the point that a tall cell tower will be outmoded.

In the meantime, people will of necessity have to stay away from Cambria and patronize towns with this cell phone advantage. Are you aware that most vacation towns do have cell phone capabilities?

Businesses of Cambria, residents and visitors need cell phone coverage desperately.

John Campe Oakland

Just say no killing

Question: Should the Obama administration give the International Whaling Commission (IWC) a green light to end the 25-year moratorium on killing whales?

Answer: NO!

Those who oppose ending the IWC moratorium are gathering at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 23, at Morro Rock to make sure the administration hears our voices.

I really hope that thousands of Central Coast citizens will join this rally at Morro Rock. Go early. Park well away from the rock to avoid the expected gridlock. Bring the family. Show your kids that democracy is more than just voting. It’s showing up to demonstrate that you really do care about the natural world.

We need to show the administration that using tricky “whale management” strategies (i. e., killing them under careful guidelines to keep the Japanese kill count lower) cannot disguise the unethical, illogical and wholly unacceptable strategy of slaughtering whales.

John FitzRandolph Cambria

HART now heartless

The downfall of HART: This is a huge tragedy to the animal community. It goes beyond on me as to how this “new” board decided to vote off Diana Duncan, the true HEART and sole of HART (the Homeless Animal Rescue Team). Diana was HART’s biggest supporter and she put her life into that organization. She dedicated every moment of her time to HART and the animals. I recall many nights where she stayed late working in the office until 9 or 10 p.m., only to return home and care for her dozens of foster babies. If you knew the facts you’d know she contributed much more then her salary.

Due to the recent actions of the new board committee, they have lost some great volunteers, including myself. I did not feel the new board appreciated my contributions. I was involved with HART for a little over two years, and it was my dream job. I followed in Diana’s footsteps and wanted to become a “true” animal rescuer. I took my own time and funds to rescue and foster hundreds of cats, kittens, and puppies, as did Diana.

Diana and I had a great time and we had HUGE plans for HART this year. Between our rescuing and fostering efforts in the last year, HART had record breaking adoption numbers. I personally set up an adoption program outside of HART which greatly helped get over 400 adoptions last year, and we were shooting for more for 2010.

The new board does not have the animals best interest in mind as they are taking these steps to dismember HART. In the long run the only ones that are going to suffer are the helpless animals who never asked to be put in the position in the first place.

Laci Buck Paso Robles

Buy an ad, get a story

Glad to see that the Cambrian’s editor Bert Etling is available on “Front Porch” Fridays once a month, or anytime, Thursday and Friday being best, to solicit comments and suggestions from the public as to how to make the paper better.

I stopped buying the paper months ago because they print nothing of interest to me.

Last fall I tried to get a business story or even a blurb in the paper, and Bert told me very in no uncertain terms that “we don’t cover business.” He

seemed very angry and defensive. The last time I picked up a paper version of The Cambrian there were only ads in the “corkboard” front section, classified ads for the whole county and religious ads, but I couldn’t find any business ads.

If the Cambrian “doesn’t cover business” why should businesses advertise, especially without editorial support in the form of a story or a two to three sentence blurb?

No business stories, no business ads; seems like Bert and the powers that be have created a downward spiral and now want to make nice.

My suggestion: start covering business again, duh. The advertising will follow. Maybe.

Lynda Olsen Adelson Cambria

Editor’s note: As we indicated in reponse to an earlier letter from the same writer on the same topic (Jan. 14, “Lack of business”), our postion is that the newspaper does not print business stories as a “quid pro quo” for advertising, as requested by the letter writer. The Cambrian,

does, of course, print business stories as part of our effort to serve our readers. The earlier letter and our response are online at http://bit. ly/9bdFyR.

Appreciative reader

I have been a faithful follower of The Cambrian for 25 years now and I want you to know I appreciate your impartial, non-partisan reporting of community news. The April 22 issue, in particular, was filled with articles of interest on all aspects of our Cambria community.

Please keep up what I see as an excellent job of reporting factual information.

Donald LaGrand Cambria

Build it, they’ll come

Our fantastic, newly improved skate park doesn’t welcome and won’t tolerate thugs or gang activity. Rather, on any given afternoon at the park, you’ll find high schoolers like Tyler Melendy mentoring the younger town kids on new skate moves and life in general.

Thanks to the following for building our youth a great place to get outside for some sunshine, exercise and friendship:

Jason Buhl, Matt Humphrey, Tom Petit, Ben Grosskruetz, Seth Sutherland, Mike Pezzato, Bill Boothby, Zane Cheveaux, Dan Baucheane, Cambria Hardware, Cambria Rock, our neighbors at the Cayucos Skate Park, and everyone else who helped build our little “skate park of dreams.”

Kyle Ronemus, father of Chance, 12, and Thor, 10 Cambria

Tom the Turkey

Story of Tom the Turkey: Little did Tom know when he came this way yesterday that it would be his last day on earth.

A careless driver going too fast ran over him, didn’t brake, and didn’t even stop, leaving Tom lying in the middle of the road (Richard Avenue, just down from the top of Lodge Hill).

My husband picked him up and moved him to the side of the road. He was bleeding profusely and appeared to have every bone in his body broken.

We buried Tom today. He was a beautiful bird.

I hope the driver of the vehicle that hit Tom will always remember the terrible thump and had to wash the blood off the front of your car or truck.

The posted speed limit on this stretch of the road is 25 mph. I must say that some people appear to obey the speed limit and slow down when they see creatures in the road and let them pass, but some don’t. Something has to be done about the speeding problem, because next time it may not be any of the creatures in the forest, but a human pedestrian.

With a closing thought: the creatures were here first, not us.

Margie Buckingham Cambria

Generous donors

Thanks to all those who helped with the recent postal food drive. A special thanks to those who so generously donated food.

Scott Colangelo, food drive coordinator Cambria Post Office