Cambrian: Opinion

Cambrian Letters to the Editor, March 19, 2015

Cellphones and safety

In your March 5 issue, regarding a letter from Mr. Janos Beny, where he was most critical of the lack of “cellphone” service on the Fiscalini Ranch, I want to comment on why I am in 100 percent endorsement of his letter (which should go further and point out the real cost of not providing cell service could be quite significant).

Having fallen from a stroke on the ranch, it was a good 35 to 45 minutes before paramedics arrived and took me to Templeton hospital. I was lucky; I was only a quarter-mile from the south exit. So I strongly recommend anyone walking the ranch should have a companion.

It is also a fact that most of Lodge Hill is without cell service. This is just unacceptable.

My understanding is the state Coastal Commission would not allow any structure to violate the environment. Apparently, lives of our citizens are not as important as keeping a half-acre (or less) of the ranch intact.

When a person has a stroke, time is of the essence.

I write this not only to relate my experience for the real need for cell service, but also to what I believe expresses the feelings of all of us, without cell service, who live on Lodge Hill.

Thank you also, Mr. Beny, for writing on this subject, and hopefully, this problem can be corrected before many more people are adversely affected.

Philip B. Allen


Morro Bay and water

My comment is on Roelof Benink’s Feb. 20 comment in The Tribune on the need to start building desalination plants along the coast now and not wait for the drought to get any worse.

I want to say that I agree with solving the water problem with a 

massive plant that could support the Central Coast. One idea would be to convert the Morro Bay power plant into a non-fossil fuel plant (tidal currents) and use it to operate the desalination plant. This would solve the cost problem associated with operating a desalination plant and in so many years of paying down the initial investment, the cost for water would be greatly reduced.

Connect the whole thing to the Nacimiento pipeline, and it could be pumped where needed. 

Rob Rall


‘Fox Variety Circus’

Maybe it’s time for a clarification. What do we truly expect of the media’s definition of “news?” Most of us would agree that we expect an unbiased report of events that are important to us as tax-paying citizens.

So Brian Williams embellishes his part in a newsworthy happening and he is banished from his desk on NBC News. Bill O’Reilly, on the other hand, is caught with his metaphorical pants down in a number of incidents, and his employer, Fox News, applauds him for lying! 

If you examine Fox formats and goals even casually, this will be no surprise. 

They do not strive to report facts but rather knock themselves out bending everything to support the opinions of their faithful followers. They don’t need no stinking facts! Fox Variety 

Circus might be a better name.

Mary Ross