Cambrian: Opinion

Cambrian letters to the editor, Nov. 19, 2015

Pumpkin giveaway a great success

Thanks to all those who helped make the Great Pumpkin Giveaway a success.

The staff and board members of the Cambria Connection want to thank everyone who helped make our first annual Great Pumpkin Giveaway a success.

Special thanks go to the donors who provided nearly 40 pumpkins to hand out to happy trick-or-treaters. They include Dan DuVaul, Trader Joe’s of SLO, Albertson’s and Sunshine Foods.

Our volunteers and board members went an extra mile to make sure everyone had fun. Thank you Jean Chinnici, Laura Daniels, Theresa Desmond, Kristi Jenkins, Priscilla Mikesell and Cynthia Pallin for your tireless efforts.

We look forward to doing it again next year.

Stevan Rosenlind, president, The Cambria Connection

Thanks for helping the Moon family

On behalf of the committee organizing the spaghetti feed Moon family medical fundraiser, let me say, we were overwhelmed by the outpouring of volunteer help, donations and more than 800 people who ate meals and others just drove through and dropped off cash. “Wow”, I believe was the first word out of everybody’s mouths.

Many wish to remain anonymous, but we must at least give thanks to Cambria’s restaurants that continually give to the greater good of this community. John MacKinnon from Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill cooked and supplied professional help wrangling the pasta. I mean, that’s a whole lotta noodles going out in only three hours!

Thanks as well to Hearst Corp., which donated the meat for the sauce. So many folks thought this was the best-tasting meal, and I believe that was a big part of it. Also contributing tasty ingredients and love were J.J.’s Pizza, Las Cambritas, Linn’s, Cambria Pub and Steakhouse, Mojo’s, Sea Chest, Old Stone Station and Indigo Moon. Thanks to these contributions, all money received went directly to the Moon family fund.

Did I mention the CCSD for use of the hall, and to the American Legion and Sons of the American Legion for use of their facility, without which the massive prepping and baking could not have been accomplished. You all rock!

And finally, in the words of one illustrious committee member, “To Earl, Jan, Skyler, Westin and that dog in the flier… thank you for allowing us, all of us, all 800 of us who wanted an opportunity to show you how much we love you and care about your suffering. “

We love Cambria. Thank you.

Dianne Brooke and the committee for the Moon family fundraiser

A plaintive plea from a Cambria tree

Help me. Please! I’ve been living in Cambria for over 100 years and I don’t know how much longer I can last. I have very shallow roots, and the drought has been devastating. But even more destructive have been you humans.

Yes, I know you’re afraid of fire, I am too. But my shallow roots need protection to keep them moist. First you remove the native ferns. Then you weed whack the grasses. And now, when you cut down the dead trees that used to shade the ground, you don’t even leave me the protective mulch. Help!

On south-facing slopes where the summer sun drives straight to the bare ground, it sucks the moisture from it. And now you’re starving me. You don’t let the trunks and chippings lie on the ground to decay; you cry “fire!” and haul them away like trash.

Big tree trunks lying on the ground and mulch that often mixes with soil can’t get enough oxygen to make a serious fire. I heard someone once say that mulch will prevent baby trees from sprouting. I guess nobody told the three baby pines now growing in the thick mulch at the corner of the Vets property.

Instead of coming in heavy-handed and destroying everything dead, why not first address the most flammable issues? Lop off and chew up the dead tree branches and brush. Naked tree trunks are no real fire threat and in the middle of the forest, until they ultimately fall, my friends the migrating turkey vultures will have a high roost.

Morro Bay once had a pine forest like Cambria. Now look at it. Help! Can’t anyone hear me?

A Cambria tree, as dictated to Nancy Moure, Cambria

Emphasize the good over the negative

I found the column by John FitzRandolph (“From no scarecrow is heard a discouraging word,” Oct. 5) negative and misleading. Instead of praising the community for the great work and reception by visitors, it downplayed the good and focused on the negative, even to the point of implying he was glad the tourists were gone. I don’t think the merchants would agree.

Then he was bashing the Republican debate from a very biased viewpoint. This was not the forum for his negative point of view and should have been a separate column. Most of my friends agree this “debate” was very biased, but out of place in this article. It should have been a separate article.

Donald M. Lagrand, Cambria