Cambrian: Opinion

Cambrian Letters to the Editor Feb. 21

Emergency training

The job of firefighter and paramedic requires us to keep our skills sharp in countless different areas. On Jan. 12, Cambria Fire, Cambria Community Healthcare District and Cal Fire Station 10 conducted a multi-casualty incident drill. The scenario involved a collision between a school bus and two vehicles.

This training would not have been possible without the outpouring of support from our community. It is with endless gratitude that we would like to recognize the following for going above and beyond and making it possible for us to better serve our community:

Special thanks to Norm Smyth, the Cambria Community Emergency Response Team, Winsor Construction, Rick Skinner, Coast Unified School District, Carlos Mendoza, Cambria Community Services District, Keith Radecki, Sam Rivera, the Bramlette family, and, especially, Ron Adams and Cambria Tow, who continue to provide a myriad of vehicles on which we can perfect our extrication skills.

It is an honor to serve Cambria, where the benevolence and support of our citizens creates a solid foundation for the emergency service workers. Hopefully in our career, none of us ever roll up on a smashed-up school bus full of children.

However, if we are faced with this daunting task, we are that much more prepared.

Emily Torlano


Saddened by fence

I am very sympathetic to those who are protesting the barbed wire fence around a huge segment of Cambria’s lovely Monterey pine forest. I used to love walking up Bridge Street from Main Street to our beautiful and unique Cambria cemetery.

The barbed wire surprised me. It made beauty into horror. I feel sad for the animals trapped inside. I can’t imagine that a forest preserve would be handled in such a manner! Could this even be legal?

I used to love to walk around Cambria Cemetery as well, enjoyed it nestled in our forest, with all the unique monuments to Cambrians who came before us. Now it looks like a concentration camp, our loved ones from the past fallen there, surrounded by barbed wire.

I’m glad my husband and I decided last fall to sell our four plots on the Cambria Cemetery. We contributed the proceeds towards a bench at Strawberry Canyon through Greenspace — The Cambria Land Trust. Strawberry Canyon will remain beautiful always, provide shelter for our animals and birds and paths for us all to enjoy.

Valerie Bentz, Ph.D.


Funds feed seniors

The Senior Nutrition Program of San Luis Obispo County is pleased to have received a $4,000 grant from Cambria Community Council (The Open Heart Foundation).

We laud the commitments and funding by local municipalities and nonprofit organizations as an integral part of their annual budgets.

The funds will go toward the purchase of raw food to prepare and serve the seniors in the Cambria community. SNP will provide more than 8,000 meals to 94 seniors in Cambria this year and will serve over 160,000 meals countywide.

The Senior Nutrition Program provides hot noon-time meals to those 60 years of age and older, free of charge, in nine dining rooms and delivery to home-bound seniors in San Luis Obispo County through a network of 300 volunteers. 

For more information, please contact Senior Nutrition Program at 541-3312.

Elias Nimeh, executive director

Senior Nutrition Program of San Luis Obispo County

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