Putting a face on the plight of homelessness
To the Editor,
I was glad to see the RP article about the unfortunate people who are homeless and destitute and presently living in our county. And it was good that you put the photo of “Rock n Roll Jimmy,” a homeless man who likes strumming his guitars here in good old Watsonville. It helps to “put a face” on the plight of homelessness. These people are homeless for a variety of reasons and they deserve to be treated with dignity. I always enjoy the feeling I get when I give a few dollars to a homeless person. Just to see the person’s face light up with a big, bright smile makes it so worth it. I think anytime we give to the poor, the angels are dancing in heaven. And, after all, God is watching from heaven’s pearly balcony, and He’s smiling, too!
Bravo, Watsonville City Council
To the Editor,
On Tuesday, the Watsonville City Council unanimously approved a resolution in support of State Bill 458, which would ban the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos in California by law. Last week, Governor Newsom announced that the state will cancel the pesticide’s registration, but the phase-out could take up to two years. One version of SB 458 would ban chlorpyrifos as early as January, 2020.
Exposure to chlorpyrifos has been found to impact brain development in fetuses and to impact children’s reading ability and IQ. It has been linked to increased incidence of hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder, as well as autism.
Chlorpyrifos has been banned from residential use since 2001. It’s used on crops such as apples, alfalfa, almonds, citrus, cotton, grapes and walnuts. Over 900,000 pounds were applied in CA in 2016.
SB 458 was generated by a combination of solid academic research, environmental activism and a groundswell of public health advocacy from agricultural communities saying “Basta!” to the developmental neurotoxin Chlorpyrifos; BASTA to DowDupont’s false claims of its safety; and BASTA to Big Ag’s well-funded and immensely influential lobby in Sacramento.
SB 458 would fast-track the protection of our children and grandchildren. This resolution is a noteworthy example of agricultural communities taking the lead in local rural public health issues. Bravo, Watsonville City Council!
Congrats to all involved in Hazelwood project
To the Editor,
Congratulations to all involved for the impressive work completing the Hazelwood Park Trail and Habitat Enhancement Project near Rolling Hills Middle School. This team of teachers, students, staff, the City of Watsonville and Watsonville Wetlands Watch removed a broken down trail, dead trees and much debris, and put in its place drought tolerant native trees and plants, a wide bike/walking trail, and a storm water filtration system. Even prior to and during the project’s completion celebration, neighbors were using the trail for exercise and children were playing in the area.
This transformation is just one of the citywide tree planting projects underway through a partnership with Wetlands Watch and local residents bringing about multiple short and long term benefits for the community and environment. Great work. Thank you.
Take action, stay informed
To the Editor,
If you are concerned about the state of our country, here’s something you can do about it. I have a list of the phone numbers of my three congressional representatives, and once a week I take about 10 minutes to call them to express my opinion about the chaos in our country.
Go to the link below and Indivisible will send you a weekly list of hot issues happening in Congress.
The issues and bills are clearly and concisely explained, which makes the process simple.
This week, for instance, I found out that there is a House Bill (1046), which would allow Medicare to negotiate the prices of all drugs, and another (2354) which would take the power to declare war out of the hands of 45.
These calls are bound to be more productive than yelling at the TV.
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