Cambrian: Opinion

Cambrian Letters to the Editor June 26

Community spirit

It pains me at times since moving here and purchasing my home the attitude I witness. Moving from a rural (equestrian) area, I thought a similar community spirit might exist here.

When we had a severe wildfire in the Baldwin Lake area, all of us rounded up horse and livestock trailers to help evacuate the animals. My corrals were filled. 

It was heartwarming to help this mountain community we called our neighbors.

I notice we tend to focus on local issues without considering nearby neighboring towns.

Why don’t we get together with Cambria, 

Morro Bay and the many others to start saving the coastline with the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary? This sanctuary will benefit all these coastal waters.

We need to learn that this legacy is ours to create in a thriving future for all.

C. Chubb


Water questions 

I am really confused by the water theory of some Cambrians. Please enlighten me.

With advent of the drought this year, our younger Cambrians seem to have a different attitude than we old-timers had in the last drought. A lot of them rushed out to buy portable tanks to carry water in. 

The Warren Ranch and the CCSD allow them to get water from the ranch well on San Simeon Creek and a well on Santa Rosa Creek. These are the same creek-bed watersheds through which our domestic water comes to us. It is nonpotable because it does not go through the CCSD treatment plant!

Are our landscaping needs that important to take potential drinking water to save landscaping that is foreign to our area?

It reminds me of the start of WWII rationing, when our neighbor rushed out to buy all the sugar she could. Incidentally, when the war ended, she was trying to lend sugar to anyone who would take it. Please tell me how to understand this scenario.

John Helps


‘New normal’

Tom Cochrun’s article “Exporting the Cambria Ethos” (June 12) makes several good points, the most critical of which is the need to develop and maintain new habits regarding the use of natural and other resources. 

Conservation must become the “new normal.” Most of us waste and overuse resources, usually without even thinking about or realizing it (turn off the lights, power down the computer, do we really need electric can openers? Well, yes, some of us, but not all).

Unfortunately, short-term, bottom-line jobs and profits currently trump long-view, big-picture consequences of overuse and abuse.

Why not retool to a greener economy and create new jobs that help conserve resources and the environment? We have the technology and the money; we just don’t have the will — yet.

The canary is gasping; will we wait until it is stone cold before we act? For the sake of future generations, I hope not.

M.M. McGuire

San Simeon

Human kindness

I am saddened by The Tribune’s story about the man with mules. He has nowhere to go. When I worked at a campground in a state park, we allowed people who were down on their luck to stay at the compound and didn’t charge them any money. 

Where is the milk of human kindness? What harm is he doing? I have been down on my luck at times, and people were nice enough to help me. Many thanks to Carl Dutcher and many others who have helped me. God bless them all.

Clive Finchamp


Keep Cayucos clean 

The Japanese have done it again: They have shown us the way. I am referring to their bringing garbage bags to the World Cup game in Brazil and, out of respect for their hosts, cleaning up the the trash left behind.

At the parade in Cayucos on the Fourth of July, let everyone bring a white garbage bag for cleaning up after the parade. Let the last contingent in the parade carry trash bags and do the clean up process. They can also distribute the garbage bags to the parade-watchers, and we will clean up Cayucos. And it doesn’t have to stop at the end of the parade, but can continue all day long!

Keep Cayucos clean!

Richard Dunn


Support CCSD board

In the mid-1990s, it appeared our water supply problem was solved as the CCSD board had a desalination project in place, but with the election of a new board in 1996, the project was put on hold. 

Although businesses, hotels, motels, restaurants and vacation rentals provide jobs and volunteerism, there are some opposed to their existence. Many have invested their life savings. We allowed them to build originally, and we are obligated to provide services to them.

What about lot owners? These people bought these lots in good faith and are required to pay CCSD fees, taxes and maintenance. If we fail to provide water and allow limited growth, the 

community will no longer enable people to make a living here, and our community will shrivel up and die. Why did we built a new elementary school if we’re not going to have children to attend? 

Not providing our community with adequate water is dangerous; we live in a forest and need to know we’re protected. 

Please support our current CCSD board. They are dedicated and working hard to resolve our water issues. Please join me in attending the meeting this Thursday, June 26.

Beezie Moore


No doubt the greatest

Our foreign policy fiascos in Vietnam, Iraq and, soon, no doubt, Afghani-stan, prove conclusively that the U.S. is the greatest country in the world when it comes to foolishness.

Fred Leahy


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