Cambrian: Opinion

Cambrian Letters to the Editor March 14

Unneeded project

The Kingston Bay Senior Living project is wrong on so many levels, and I resent county planners shoving it down our throats, because:

1. It’s a bad location, out of character with the surroundings;

2. In spite of  Mr. King’s market study, there is no real need for a project of this scope in Cambria;

3. Up to this time, we have been able to keep national chains out of Cambria, and shouldn’t start now;

4. Who is to say that the planning commission has any right to decide how we should live in Cambria; and

5. If I were Mr. King, I would think twice about operating a business in a hostile business environment such as Cambria.

Bob McLaughlin

San Simeon

‘A loyal friend’

In our lives many of us are fortunate enough to have very few real friends. A friend is a true blessing that we sometimes take for granted. Michael R. King for the years I have known him was just such a person. He was someone you remember making your life better, and would have missed not having him in your circle of family and friends.

Whenever Michael had an opportunity to do something special for you, he would do it whether you asked for it or he did it on his own. He was an incredible craftsman and could create about anything as a contractor or in the many interests he pursued in his life.

As his cousin Janet said, he had an infectious laugh. He loved good comedy in all forms. He had a certain way of being that you wanted to spend time with him. I so enjoyed working alongside of him. It was great working in the yard, or house, or taking pictures together by the ocean. He captured beauty and shared it freely in his photos, music, and DVDs he discovered. He so appreciated our Cambria Library and the people who work there.

Michael was a spiritual man who understood and sought the rich inner world within the heart, and a connection with God. I so treasured the times we had to speak of such things. He deeply loved his family, having a healthy body, his cat Max (who he took camping with him to places like the Grand Canyon) and eating or preparing and sharing a good meal.

To know him was to feel loved and respected, and he was a caring listener too. He emphasized honesty and generosity in his personal life and business, core values we can all relate to.

What else can I say about a good friend that I miss so much? What I have learned is that it is so important to let the people close to us know how much we love and appreciate them because they can be gone in a heartbeat.

Michael was born in Van Nuys on April 25, 1956, and passed away Feb. 21 in New York City.

Priscilla Mikesell


We need a budget

It seems tribalism has taken a firm grip around the throats of state and federal budgets. If one were to simply step back and take an objective look, one would clearly see the government has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. The evidence appears rather straight forward:

• The federal government is now more than 30 percent larger than Clinton’s in 2000 ($2.0 trillion in spending vs. $3.4 trillion today) and growing, but can we say our government is that much better, especially with a congressional approval rating of 15 percent?

• In 2012, the federal revenue intake ($2.47 trillion) was close to reaching the record set in 2008 ($2.52 trillion). So how can anyone reasonably claim we have a revenue problem?

But this “balanced approach” tactic to ease the budget deficit will only continue feeding and growing the government. More revenue enables this and the cuts will be cosmetic at best. It was refreshing to see the public and the market basically ignore the sky-is-falling prognostications made by the White House and the Department of Homeland Security regarding the sequestration. Those cuts were not intended to take money away from people, just slow the growth-rate of the government.

So how is it the feds can address a budget deficit without a budget? Our federal government has allowed itself to spend without accountability. Even though the US Constitution, Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 requires a federal budget to be passed by Congress (and the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921 states how this will be done), we have not seen a budget since 2008. Could a business run this way? Would you run your household finances this way, no matter what side of the political or ideological fence you reside?

Randall Schwalbe


Internet safety

Make plans to attend a presentation by Brandy Swain, crime prevention specialist from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office on personal security focusing on Internet safety. This timely, informational presentation sponsored by The University Women of Cambria is open to the public beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Santa Rosa Catholic Church, 1174 Main St., Cambria.

Brandy Swain has been presenting educational outreach programs with the Sheriff’s Office for more than five years and has 10 years of law enforcement experience. Her presentations are focused to community and parent groups. There is no charge for attendance, and take-home information will be available. All adults, parents and those who routinely use the Internet are encouraged to attend.

For additional information, contact me at 927-8307.

Kristi Jenkins

University Women of Cambria

Farmers luncheon

Cambria’s farmers market held a celebration of another successful year on Sunday, March 10, at the Joslyn Recreation Center. Approximately 30 members of the farmers market and their families, including former managers Jack and Jane Gibson of Red Wing Ranch, enjoyed a meal prepared by Cambria market vendors.

Also in attendance were members of the Lions Club of Cambria, our market’s sponsor. After a short presentation, manager Carol Broadhurst presented Greg Wilson of the Lions Club with a check representing the proceeds of the market for 2012 after expenses.

These funds will be put to work furthering the Lions’ charitable work.  The managers and vendors of your farmers market would also like to extend our thanks to Cambrians for your loyal support.

Mike Broadhurst