Cambrian: Opinion

Letters to the Editor July 28 - Aug. 3

What’s in a label?

In Kathe Tanner’s article about the July 28 Cambria Community Services District meeting about desal, there are five objections attributed to “some environmentalists.”

Three of the objections are regarding funding and costs. Are these self-described “environmentalists”? Is it just because it sounds better? Why not call them opponents, since they oppose everything about the project?

Bob Horvath


(tap) Is this thing on?

Hear ye, hear ye!

The theater wing of Allied Arts Association wishes to express its gratitude to the Cambria Community Council for its generous gift enabling us to purchase a most necessary commodity — MICROPHONES for each actor/actress.

Our next production, “The Octette Bridge Club,” opens on Friday, July 29, and runs through Aug. 21. We are delighted to be able to ensure our audience of this good news — no matter where you sit — EVERYBODY WILL BE ABLE TO HEAR EVERYTHING.

It takes a village .

Nancy Green, theater director

Allied Arts Association

Meaning of rain data

This is about the meaning of rainfall data.

During my stay here, rainfall was discussed with locals, read about it, and have concluded there was a need to identify and share relevant factors.

Rainfall measured at the headwaters of the Santa Rosa and San Simeon Creeks is a relevant measure of water available to Cambria. The greater rainfalls from these western-facing higher elevation sources replenish the “creek underflow,” form numerous springs and their companion water pools. Additionally, “bedrock fracture inflow” and the water table above sea level are significant. The grammar school uses undersurface spring water to recycle for irrigating. The table height increases with higher elevations. Faults, which act as dams, aid in increasing water table height. All are to our advantage.

Similarly, rainfall measured at the headwaters of Chisholm and Phelan Springs is a relevant measure for water to the Hearst Castle/Ranch. Their flow is “piped to” a covered settling pond for treatment and distribution.

In comparison, Cambria rainfall mostly flows to the ocean and is relevant to only catchments. A few recycle rain for non-drinking applications. Similarly, Cal Poly rainfall is relevant to its new catchment/cistern which is used for agricultural irrigation.

Preventing false conclusions is dependent on rainfall measurement location being relevant to the collection. I have consulted with two knowledgeable Cambrians (one a former Cambria Community Services District director/geologist) and any anomalies are mine.

Werner Koch


Under Ellie’s influence

There must be a few Cambrians who still resemble the charmed society paintings, the Snoopy film background designs, the many live cats, the ebullient personality and the near-rabid sense of humor which comprised Ellie Bogardus.

Lucky were any visitors looking hungry or unfamiliar with our area if they encountered Ellie — they would be subject to her come-to-my-home hospitality syndrome.

I found cause to practice that a few days ago. In the market I ran into two college-age Dutch men, just arrived in the U.S. via San Francisco and looking quite perplexed. When I asked if there was something they couldn’t find, the answer was “fruit syrup.” In Holland, it is mixed with water for a summer drink.

After starting to give directions to Linn’s, I switched into “Ellie mode” and asked if they minded following me home, where I had a brand-new, unopened bottle of olallieberry syrup. A little later, happily settled on my deck, sipping away on their Cambria-grown and packed product, my young guests looked up with me, smiled, and thanked Ellie for her influence over this gathering.

All too soon, they were off to the campground for the first night of a three-week, properly supplied, western U.S. journey.

Vivian Thompson


Jerry Gediman

Jerry Gediman was a longtime resident of Cambria who passed away early in the week of July 11. At the time of his passing, he had been staying in Southern California close to his family.

Jerry was loved by many people in Cambria, including those who knew him at Santa Rosa Church, and through his volunteer work at Hearst Castle and with the elephant seals. A Mass for him will be held at Santa Rosa Church at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, followed by a small reception in the parish hall.

Jeannie Matulis


‘Take off blinders’

This is one reason why AMERICA is in trouble. So is our FREEDOM. Is this administration above the LAW OF THE LAND? This administration wants to by-pass WE THE PEOPLE — and are doing it. Take off your blinders and look around.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.”

David Manion


‘Solid financial footing’

Regarding “Debt limit is just plain extortion” by Paul Krugman in The Tribune on July 5.

In his commentary, Krugman does his usual smearing of Republicans and charging them with extortion. If I thought for a minute that the Republicans were negotiating for some nefarious reasons instead of trying to put solid financial footing in place for this country, I would agree with him.

On the other hand, while we are talking extortion, let’s look at what and how the president, in cahoots with the Democratic leadership of Congress, are constantly trying to extort more money from tax payers for spending this nation into financial collapse and shamelessly using all kinds of scare tactics, and charging everyone who has not fallen for their bankrupt ways with being extremists.

If the president’s agenda was really good for the unemployed in this country, by now we would see some evidence of it, and the Republicans asking for federal budget reductions for raising the debt ceiling is right on, even if Paul Krugman’s recipe for fixing the economy is different from theirs.

Janos Beny


‘Into the abyss’

The Republican Party is leading the citizens of the United States into the abyss of shame, impotence and insolvency. Dozens of uneducated and financially illiterate Republican legislators are professing daily to be true unbelievers when it comes to raising America’s debt ceiling to avoid defaulting on our obligations and damaging our U.S. brand for decades.

The Republicans don’t believe it when the U.S. Treasury Department and Secretary Tim Geithner warn them that their failure to raise the debt ceiling will be an unmitigated disaster. The Republicans don’t believe the Federal Reserve when it warns them it will be an unmitigated disaster. The Republicans don’t believe it when international banks and credit ratings agencies warn them that it will be an unmitigated disaster. The Republicans don’t believe it when REPUBLICAN economists tell them that it will be an unmitigated disaster. The Republicans don’t even believe it when their god of conservatism, Ronald Reagan, warns them posthumously that it will be an unmitigated disaster.

Then-President Reagan spoke on a radio address on Sept. 26, 1987, “This brinksmanship threatens the holders of government bonds, of those who rely on Social Security and veterans benefits. Interest rates would skyrocket. Instability would occur in financial markets and the deficit would soar.” He also wrote Congress a letter detailing the catastrophic consequences of the current Republican plan to destroy us.

And when the Republicans willfully plunge us into global financial chaos, conservative Republican New York Times columnist David Brooks warns the Republicans that their party and brand will be reviled by all Americans for a generation.

D. Duane Wall II