Cambrian: Opinion

Cambrian Letters to the Editor, April 16, 2015

Pennies for Players

Spring is here, and that means baseball! Cambria has a number of great looking baseball and softball teams with players ready to get their cleats dirty. It’s an exciting time for many of the kids in town who love to play ball.

We want to give the kids of Cambria every opportunity to succeed. Several years ago, we created a fund to help our baseball and softball teams buy necessary gear and to help some kids play ball who maybe couldn’t afford to otherwise. 

The fund is called Pennies for Players, and all we are asking for are the bothersome little pennies that are floating around the many homes in town. If everyone in Cambria donated just 25 pennies found under car seats or sofa cushions, we would be able to pay for every child who can’t afford to play and buy new safety gear and update our batting cage. Imagine what we could do with a few pennies more!

I know there are many worthwhile causes in Cambria, but a little goes a long way toward building confidence, self-esteem and camaraderie. We’re only asking for pennies (although we won’t turn away any nickels, dimes or quarters!).

If you’ve got some of the pesky pennies you’ve been thinking about discarding, feel free to call me at 924-1100, and I will gladly come to wherever you are to pick them up.  Or stop by the General Store in the West Village to drop them off. You have a chance to make a difference.  

Gary Stephenson


Vacation, not retirement

Ever since I turned 80, I’ve focused unnecessarily on the end — dying, that is. I realize how fruitless this is; it serves no purpose. There’s nothing you can do about dying, except maybe change your attitude. I have no big regrets, no lost chances to speak of, no lost dreams (except a cruise to Greece). I’m very healthy; no major problems, thankfully. I’ve traveled to great places, seen most of the United States and have had many great times. I married a great woman who still puts up with me, seemingly happy. So, how do I handle these morbid thoughts?

It occurred to me, in the middle of the night, what to do to think positively about my last days. I thought, I’m retired, have enough money to frugally enjoy myself, I live in a beautiful place, a place where people come on 

vacation (beaches, good restaurants, mild climate). So why not consider myself on extended vacation, free to do what I want for as long as it lasts?

I have a tendency to put things off, thinking I have the rest of my life to do that. I’ve tried lately to do at least one task a day, leaving the rest of the day free for my “vacation.”

By considering myself on vacation, I hope to do more things like explore my surroundings, walk Main Street window shopping, go to the beach more, eat out more, drive the backcountry roads exploring — take more trips. Camp more. We’ll see!

If you need me, I’ll be on vacation in Cambria.

So now, when people ask me, “Are you retired?” I say, “No, I’m on vacation! An extended one!”

Taylor Linzey


Be prepared for fire

Fire danger in our community comes not only from the flames of a fire. Embers from a wildfire can travel up to a mile from the fire. 

You can’t control where a wildfire ember will land, but you can control what happens when it does. Create defensible space on your property. Get the free brochure “Ready, Set, Go!” from the Cambria Fire Department. 

Take pictures of your entire house and all its contents. Store one set of prints or digital copies in your car, send another set to a relative in another town. 

In addition to preparing you to file an accurate claim in the event of a loss, this process may make you realize how many family heirlooms, photos, tax records, etc. you have that your insurance will not replace. 

Think about your own safety and that of your pets. Then take another look at those beloved, yet flammable, tree branches or shrubs within 10 feet of your house.

We don’t have to wait for grants or outside agencies to protect our homes and community. Visit to learn about preparing in advance for potential wildfires. 

Every community member has their respective roles — learn yours today.

Ken Persinger


Won’t be back to Cambria

On April 10, a large newspaper article about Cambria, Calif. appeared in our Las Vegas Review Journal. The article states how the residents of Cambria take empty pails into their showers to capture their shower water while bathing and then reuse that shower water to flush their toilets, and where others are now rarely flushing their toilets. These are practices Cambrians are internalizing as habit that will continue even after the emergency water ban is lifted.

All year long my family awaits our yearly return to vacation and dine in Cambria. This year, it is scheduled and confirmed for April 19-25, but after reading this article I will never vacation in Cambria again.

I will not frequent an area that has the potential of spreading human disease from unsanitary hygiene practices in the name of saving the water. My family’s health comes first and foremost. It leaves me to wonder if saving toilet water also means not washing your hands properly. And what about all employees, restaurants, hotels, food and food handlers conserving water use and not cleaning or sanitizing anything properly? This would create a public health hazard for contracting E-coli, salmonella, typhoid, dysentery and Hepatitis, just to name a few.

It’s dangerous, deadly and just plain disgusting behavior! What’s next? Chamber-pots being dumped into the ocean?

What is needed is xeriscaping and rock landscaping along the highways, as Nevada currently has. California forgot that it too is part desert, not a tropical oasis.

Cambria needs to rethink how to safely conserve water.

Marie Hendricks

Las Vegas

Preserve the Ranch

In response to the heart-felt plea by Jo Ellen Butler (“A passionate love of place is crucial to preserving the Ranch,” March 5), I am reminded about life before access to the magnificent Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. The Ranch consists of an authentic land with its plants, animals and view. To preserve it is to love it. Doesn’t it follow that we only want to do what is best for the Ranch?

Lori Slater