Cambrian: Opinion

Cambrian Letters to the Editor Nov. 29

Buckley is a treasure

I hope everyone will check out Jim Buckley’s birthday tribute at the Pewter Plough Playhouse!

To be born in 1912, having seen the world’s incredible changes from the vantage point of music and art — then settling later in life here in The Pines truly tells a unique story I think you’ll enjoy.

The story comes to life with some of Jim’s favorite tunes, laced with humorous and tender moments. So, I hope you join in the fun and show support for one of Cambria’s treasures.

Gail McBride


Blue-pencil vulgarity

Is nothing sacred? Evidently not. While I expect to encounter profanity when reading the New Times (mostly unnecessary) and have become used to it in The New Yorker (usually in a quote or fiction), I was shocked and disappointed to encounter vulgar slang in the pages of The Cambrian.

Yes, we are all subjected to a barrage of four-letter words on cable and in film as writers try to bring verisimilitude to their work and try to be ever more hip and edgy, and this is as it should be in those genres. However, writers have a responsibility to consider their audience and purpose when selecting the words they use to present their ideas to us.

Perhaps the editor should get out the “blue pencil” the next time “blue language” turns up in a column and consider whether it is necessary.

M.M. McGuire

San Simeon

Grateful for Sotos

I want to express a big THANK YOU to Bob, Lucy and the team at Soto’s Market for being open on Thanksgiving morning. They had all the supplies I needed for dinner preparations, as well as many other shoppers who stopped in for last minute items, and always help out with a smile. Thank you!

Dawn Barnes


A ‘stoneage’ CSD

A recent letter to the editor lamented the stone-age tactics of the San Simeon CSD; their hyperbolic reaction to some informative “Clean Air” fliers; their insistence on the primary right to pollute; their iron-boot warning should any further Clean Air “harassment” continue; their violation, in this pursuit, of private property rights, etc. etc.

The writer was not me.

I did submit a letter on the same subject to the editor, but it was not published — too long, too fictionalized, too obscure — whatever the reason.

The letter that was published obviously resonated with other North Coast residents. A copy was made and posted on a bulletin board in Cambria. It was not torn down, as it would have been in San Simeon.

However, some person took it upon themselves to cross out the signed name and write my name instead. Whoever did so should disabuse themself of the notion that I am the only person who knows that wood smoke is harmful. There are lots of people, far more intelligent than myself, who find gratuitous, carcinogenic pollution very offensive. Almost as offensive as fraudulently using a person’s identity without knowledge or consent.

Mary Giacoletti

San Simeon

Book Fair a success

Santa Lucia Middle School wrapped up another successful Book Fair owing in large part to our wonderful parents who shopped and volunteered. Once again our community and local businesses supported our annual Book Fair. I would like to thank the American Legion Auxiliary who gave a generous donation which was used to purchase books for our shelves, and Winsor Construction, Linn’s Restaurant, the Village Bean and Sweet Offerings who provided goods that helped boost our sales!

Local businesses are constantly being asked to donate for events and it amazes me how willing they are to help despite the economy. Please shop locally this holiday season and repay their generosity.

Suzanne Kennedy


Stop voter fraud

Voter fraud should be punishable with a minimum 10-year prison sentence and confiscation of all your personal belongings, such as your house, car and bank account.

The sentence will be within a month of the perpetrators discovery, and the illegal votes will be deducted from who they were cast. If this gives the election loser the win, then so be it.

The media will publish photos and information about the person convicted. It should be a law.

David T. Manion