Cambrian: Opinion

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 11-17

Better options

Regarding revisiting our water options: Our new Cambria Community Services District directors are not obliged to continue the grand scale enterprise of desal. Our town is not beholden to a law firm with connections to the marketing of desal membranes or to buyer’s remorse.

Conservation of water by replacing our broken and rusting water pipe system would be the first issue to address. Continuing the “purple pipe” (running under Main Street) carrying non-potable water for irrigation needs or reverse osmosis filtered water for household use is a project we need to complete. The desal plant would use 10 times the fuel that refining our wastewater would require.

To date, there is not a plan for this plant on our creek, nor the approval by our town or California Water Commission.

Modest water storage tanks for fire protection, filled with recycled, nonpotable water can be located among the pines on each hill, or camouflaged to look like rocks if need be, for emergency use.

Modest, tiered cow ponds (that several ranchers had offered) would allow water to seep into our wells, instead of rush to the ocean. Grey water systems are ideal in homes where there is access to main plumbing, or new home construction. Catch systems (roof gutters directed to barrels, old septic tanks or mulch swells) are optimal for vegetable gardens, orchards and landscaping.

There are necessities and alternatives to overblown engineering that are being overlooked— options that are integral with sustainability, while keeping utility fees in check.

Jeannine Jacobs, Earth AwakeCambria

‘You rock!!’

Cambria, you rock!! What a town we live in. And our neighbors to the north, San Simeon, thank you!!

The Chris Holland benefit could not have happened without The Sons of American Legion, Smokey & the Boys, the Ladies Auxiliary and their wonderful helpers, the Held for Ransom Band and our master of ceremonies, Rick Low, and, most of all, the businesses that gave and gave.

It was amazing how many people come together when one of our own needs help. (If we left someone out, our deepest apologies, as you were all so very generous with your gifts and time): Cambria Drug & Gift, Sow’s Ear, Bob & Jan’s, Village Pharmacy, The Place, Linn’s, Lombardi’s, Oliver’s Twist, Fermentations, JBJ’s, Exotic Nature, Froggies, New Moon, Artifacts, JJ’s, IndigoMoon, Mozzi’s, Teresa Belle, Lighthouse Litho, Garden Shed, Moonstones, Bronze Silver& Gold, Ball & Skein, Sally Seago, Gerbers, Red Moose, Pit Stop, Diva, Manta Rey, El Chorlito, Cambria Pines Lodge, Seekers, Robin’s, Hair Port, Hamlet, Medusa’s, Cambria Auto, Cambria Hardware, Casa De Oro, Creekside Garden, Las Cambritas, Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill, Pit Stop, DaveMorris, Sea Chest, Shell Station, West End, Gourmet Gift, Sebastian’s, Old Stone Station, Home Arts, Tea Cozy, Safe at Home, Susy Blandin, Wildwood and Betty Wick.

Tom & Jeanie Wright, Dave Morris & Janet Drew, Doc O’Conner & Barbara Spencer, Judy Holland, Lee & Sheri OdenwaldCambria

‘Are you ready?’

Preparations are underway to hold an earthquake preparedness day in Southern California. It is a good thing to be as well-prepared as possible for an event we have no way of knowing when it may or may not happen.

It is of much more importance to be prepared for the imminent return of our Lord, Jesus Christ. This we know will happen, but not when.

The Apostle Paul wrote of this event in his letter to the Thessalonians: “For the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a shout,with the voice on an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.

And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (I Thessalonians 4:16,17).

When Jesus was asked by His disciples when He would come, He said only God knew.

But He did say, “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him” (Matthew 25:44).

Are you ready?

John G. StelCambria