Letters to the Editor; April 26, 2019: In response to ‘Mobile Order Madness’

In response to ‘Mobile Order Madness’

To the Editor,

I just finished reading what you wrote about how Starbucks has changed—not for the better. Though I must admit I am not a Starbucks customer, at least not often, I really appreciated your input on the new mobile ordering system and how it dehumanizes the experience of shopping there, for both the customer and the employee. It seems like in so many ways, our technology is distancing humans from other humans, leaving them with no feelings of responsibility to be friendly, courteous or show understanding. It’s heartwarming when someone much younger than I notices this and makes a public statement decrying it. Thank you for speaking up and we will hope your comments reach those who may realize things need to change.

Sandra Davidson

San Juan Bautista


Job Shadowing Day a success

To the Editor,

The Rotary Club of Watsonville again hosted a Job Shadowing Day on April 17. Sixty students from Watsonville High School shadowed a variety of careers representing many industry sectors. A list of the job shadowing opportunities and participants are as follows:

Graniterock, Watsonville Community Hospital, Watsonville Fire Department, City of Watsonville Engineering Department, Santa Cruz County Sheriff, Watsonville Police Department, Gil Grio DDS, Driscoll’s, Willis Construction in Aromas, Cabrillo College, Allen, Allen & Caroselli, Ltd., Pediatric Medical Group of Watsonville, Pàjaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, La Placita Medical Clinic , Pàjaro Valley Veterinary Clinic, Brian Spector Architecture, The Register Pajaronian, Raul Alcantar Photography, Van Zantes Photography, Lupe Flores Cosmetology, Santa Cruz County Probation Department, Elkhorn Slough Foundation and The FBI.

Students shadowed from 8 a.m. until noon and then the students and their hosts attended the Rotary Club of Watsonville meeting for a special presentation in honor of the students and the many members of the community. The featured speaker was our new Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Faris Sabbah. The Rotary Club has organized this event for over 20 years and is committed to the young people in our community!   Thank you to the many generous folks in our community who took the time to help share specifics about their profession.   The feedback from the students and the hosts was nothing but positive. Thank you again.

Murry Schekman

Rotary Club of Watsonville


California is missing a senator

To the Editor,

Kamala Harris, the freshman senator from California, took office on January 3, 2019.  Eighteen days later, our brand new senator announced her candidacy for President of the United States.  This sounds like a pre-calculated action to seek the presidency from the prestige of the United States Senate.

As a U.S. Senator, Kamala Harris receives a salary of $174,000, a paid staff, an office and 24 karat gold health benefits, all paid for by taxpayers to do a job.  Senator Harris sits on the following committees: Budget, Homeland Security, Judiciary and the Select Committee for Intelligence. She has missed 18 roll calls between January 2019 and April 2019. The job of senator is a fulltime job. Running for President is fulltime and time-consuming.  How can one person do justice to both?  Being President of the United States is better than being a senator.  Kamala Harris is neglecting her Senate duties to campaign for the presidency. In any non-governmental job, Kamala Harris would be fired for non-performance of duties and absenteeism.

Amelia Koenig



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