Cambrian: Opinion

Cambrian letters to the editor, July 7, 2016

The Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in Avila Beach, shown on Dec. 6, 2001.
The Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in Avila Beach, shown on Dec. 6, 2001. Cambrian file photo

Thanks for help putting annual bike ride together

The Gene Cerise Memorial Country Coast Classic Bike Ride held June 25 benefiting our local youth was a great success, raising more than $20,000!

Nearly 160 riders from all over California and Nevada enjoyed our town, the weather and riding our scenic highways.

We would like to thank the many generous sponsors, volunteers and donors for their time, energy and efforts. Due to the limit on number of words, we can’t list you all, but know we are grateful!

We are especially thankful to the sponsors who cover expenses, allowing more funds to go to our youth:

▪  Platinum level — CAN, Cambria Physical Therapy, Lions Club, SLO Bicycle Club, Santa Rosa Catholic Church.

▪  Gold level — Cambria Bicycle Outfitter, Loud Design, Matt Clevenger/Mackey & Mackey Insurance, Uncle Bunk’s 100th.

▪  Silver level — Sue Cerise, Harvey’s Honey Huts, David Lacey, Biopharmaceutical Consulting, Rabobank, Slabtown Rollers.

▪  Bronze level — Barnes & Associates-Sothebys, Bridge Sreet Inn, Cambria True Value Hardware, James Clevenger, Cookie Crock Market, Frank Fratto DDS, Heritage Oaks Bank, Home Arts, Linn’s, Moonstone Cellars, Tigg and Lance Morales, 927 Beer Co., Rotary Club, The Westerra Group, Voler.

Thanks also to our Partner and Associate level sponsors, and to the rest of those who help us pull off a successful event: the talented cookie bakers, our generous raffle donors, the helpful SAG teams, ham radio personnel, staging, set-up, check-in, Lions barbecue and tear-down teams.

We really appreciate the effort of so many locals who give of their time, to support our local youth programs. We know Gene would be proud of you all!

Jim Rogers, Art Chapman, Bill Hughes, Tom Kennedy, Tom Parsons, Matt Clevenger, Bill Cook, Dorine McInerney, Jim Pitton and Marcelle Bakula, the 16th Annual Country Coast Classic Bike Ride Committee

Drivers, share the road with cyclists

I would like to comment on Kathe Tanner’s recent column, “Cyclist on narrow roads create decisions” (June 23).

We, as a community, need to realize that we live in an area that has a high percentage of narrow and winding roads. In addition, we live in a beautiful area that attracts many motorists and cyclist alike.

The pivotal thing we need to realize at all times is that cyclists are motorists, too. And, we all know there are good drivers and bad drivers, and so goes the same with cyclists. I have seen examples of bad decisions by motorists and cyclists firsthand as an avid cyclist of many years.

I think the most important thing is to realize is that a bicycle is another vehicle on the road. As motorists: if we slow down, lightly honk our horns or simply compromise in some way to avoid an accident, then we have done what we can given the circumstances.

Never forget that a cyclist on a 20-pound bicycle has absolutely no chance against a 4,000-pound vehicle!

Jeff Allen, Paso Robles

Diablo Canyon closure great for PG&E, not for us

The planned closure of Diablo Canyon is about reducing risk.

Not risk to the community — risk to PG&E.

It’s safer for them to buy electricity from Arizona or Nevada or wherever, add their costs and then sell it to us.

We won’t know the price until we see it on our bills. That power will most likely be produced by burning coal or natural gas.

And don’t underestimate the hit our county will take because of the plant’s closure. It’s a good deal for PG&E, not so good for us.

Joel Cehn, Cambria

CERT to hold a ‘show and tell’ meeting

Cambria CERT is having its quarterly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 18, at the rear of the Cambria Fire Department building.

Each year, CERT has this meeting to bring our members up to date with all of the various types of emergency equipment that serve Cambria and that we work with in CERT. We are scheduled to have an engine from the Cambria Fire Department, an ambulance from the Cambria Community Healthcare District, a North Coast Ocean Rescue boat and a Cal Fire brush engine.

We also will have one of our CERT trailers and our new storage shed open for inspection. Representatives from CERT and the other agencies will be there to answer questions about equipment and what they do. Because Cambria CERT is here to serve Cambria and to keep the citizens of Cambria informed, we invite the people of Cambria to come and join us.

Jerry Wood, assistant coordinator, Cambria CERT

Lois Capps serves people to the end

One of The Tribune’s Top Stories included a photo of our Congresswoman Lois Capps firmly fixed on the floor of the House, engaged in a sit-in toward forcing a vote on gun control.

Hoping that any sane person — surely an educated lawmaker — would be inspired by the deadly shootings in Orlando to pass some form of gun control legislation, our gal remains an activist to the end of her exemplary career.

Walter Capps would be proud. I know I am.

Donna Gilliss Crocker,