Cambrian: Opinion

Cambrian Letters to the Editor, Oct. 29, 2015

Flood dangers worth watching

Thank you so much for the excellent Op Ed in The Cambrian (Oct. 22), regarding the effects an El Niño would have on Cambria.

Although obviously the primary focus of our Fire Safe Focus Group is on fire, our secondary concern is the nature of this year’s El Niño. If it is a dry El Niño, fire will be an even greater concern. If it is a wet and windy El Niño, falling trees will be a concern. Our pine trees, if left alone, have a root system that forms a mat of intertwined roots that help the trees stay upright during a storm. By thinning the trees because of development, this mat is disturbed, and the trees are more prone to falling. In a forest, this is not a problem. In residential areas, it is a major concern.

After a proper determination by a qualified and licensed arborist, our Focus Group is attempting to streamline the process whereby the dead and dying trees can be removed. This is a long and arduous process, requiring many public hearings and much discussion, but we believe that in the long term it will be the best option for the public health and safety of residents of our community.

Once again, thank you for bringing this to the attention of the public.

Shirley Bianchi, Cambria

Flash dance sequel coming Oct. 30

Those at Cambia’s farmers market on Friday, Oct. 16, were in for a real treat — we got flashed. But in the nicest way. Dancers by the Sea brought market sales to a standstill for 5 minutes as they moved and grooved through the market.

Missed it? There’s redemption in the future. They will return Friday, Oct. 30, for a reprise of last year’s “Thriller” flash dance. Don’t miss it!

Mike Broadhurst, Cambria

CCSD should reflect community diversity

May I first say that my comments below do not reflect on any of the current CCSD members, who as individuals, I believe, are hard working, talented and dedicated.

I do want to say that I believe that diversity (meaning a variety of ideals) among those we elect to serve on our behalf will provide a true representation of all the citizens of our community. It is only with diversity of ideas that we can truly represent all the people and “practice” negotiation.

The best boss I ever had during my career in corporate trust often said, “The answer is always somewhere in the middle.” And I have found that to be true in my life and relationships as well.

Not that it is easy. Even when it is hard to negotiate ideas, I do believe it leads to greater transparency and less dysfunction within a body of people looking to create and accomplish goals for the greatest good of our community. It means, though, that everyone must give a little up so everyone can benefit.

Next election, consider a diverse vote so all are truly represented.

Diana Teetzel, Cambria

In agreement with ‘Pacing’ points

On Pacing Through the Pines (John FitzRandolph, “Some things I get, but there are some things I just don’t,” Page 9, Oct. 22), I enjoyed your observations and agree with you on all accounts of understanding some things but being totally lost on other things.


Thomas Loganbill,


Local fire team more available

Walter Fitzhugh’s letter to the editor (Oct. 8) was on point, and I encourage all Cambria stakeholders to read it.

He mentioned the need for a dedicated in-house fire chief and not a shared chief officer we currently have at a cost of $228,856 per year. Cal Fire Battalion Chief Eric Shalhoob is the Cambria Fire Department interim chief. Symptomatic of being an employee of Cal Fire, he was assigned to recent campaign fires in Northern California. He also is wearing many different hats in San Luis Obispo County.

Periodically, I stop by the Cambria Fire station to meet Chief Shalhoob and am told by on-duty personnel that they hardly ever see him. To date, I have been unsuccessful in meeting him. Contrast this to when I was at the fire station many times each week coordinating the chipping events where Chief Mark Miller was at the station, actively managing the department.

The CCSD should support a vote on how we want our future fire and emergency services to proceed. My belief is that Cambria voters would want to keep the fire department local and work closely with Cal Fire Station 10.

Let’s get to work on pressuring the CCSD board to instruct the general manager to begin a search for a new fire chief. Then we can proceed with combining the Healthcare District and Cambria Fire Department personnel through a joint powers agreement. OK, that will have to wait for another time.

Michael Walsh, Happy Hill, Cambria

Call to impeach ‘wicked’ judges

America continues to defy God as it heads toward inevitable judgment. A recent example of this defiance happened when a young, educated TV analyst, out of the blue, said, “I have the right to choose; the Supreme Court gave me that right.” That unscripted statement did not trigger a reaction, much less a discussion.

Why not? Could it be because our educated masses have not been taught that God’s basic commandments, statutes and laws, such as, “Thou shalt not kill,” “Love thy neighbor” and “Teach your young women to love their children”? You bet!

The TV analyst and America seem unaware of the word of God, which says, “It is better to trust in the lord than to put confidence in man.” But instead, America has put its trust in mankind.

This is exactly what happened after the Supreme Court legalized abortion. Now many, like the above analyst, support killing the smallest and most defenseless human beings, the unborn.

How can you trust justices who do not follow God’s most basic laws to protect those least able to protect themselves?

Our Constitution states that judges are to hold their offices “during good behavior.” Therefore, justices who vote in favor of what God calls wicked or evil should be impeached and removed from office. After all, how can anyone say judges are holding their offices in “good behavior” when they are going against God’s supreme laws?

Manuel Ybarra Jr.,

Coalgate, Okla.