Claremont COURIER/Saturday, October 9, 2010
Outsourcing of trash collection
Dear Editor:We are writing to urge the ClaremontCity Council to abandon their efforts toprivatize the trash collection service inClaremont.It seems that every service that gets out-sourced (with the possible exception of the fire department), goes downhill inquality.In a city like Claremont, where wepride ourselves on being on the leadingedge of sustainability, the last thing weshould be thinking about doing is turningour trash and recycling over to an outsidecompany,
Jack and Vera Caselles
Cruise night is good for business
Dear Editor:I just have to sit back and laugh at thearticle “Parking issues put dent in cruisenight” and putting in the article “party.” Ithink that’s part of the city’s problem, it’s
a party. You give off the wrong im-pression and now people think it’s abunch of hoodlums coming to the city todrink and party.I walked the city tonight and looked atsome of the businesses in town and theyclose at 6 p.m. on Saturdays !!!! And theseare the people complaining? And thecomment “we lose a whole days worth of business” is wrong. The cruise night startsat 5 p.m., so technically you’re losing anhour of business but regardless cars reallydon’t load in until 5:30 and 6 p.m.There are a few that park in front of Starbucks that arrive about 3 p.m. Butwhat I don’t get is why the business own-ers don’t stay open to take advantage of the people who are here. To me this is ano brainier. You have people coming fromall over southern California to our townwho might not come here, but you all lockyour doors and run away!How about this for a change? Keepyour doors open for an extra hour or 2 anddraw the people into your business. As aresident of Claremont for 49 years, I willhelp you draw people in, so please call meand I would love to sit down and help youtake advantage of this (free of charge, of course).“Come inside a free coffee” or hand outsamples or coupons. Think outside thebox, people. Why in the world would younot want people to come here and thebusiness that it brings? It is one night amonth. And I think Mr. Ramos shouldalso take a walk through the city and seewhat time the salons and boutiques close.That’s why they don’t benefit.Also I don’t think anybody remembersthat we do have parking structures that ba-sically sit empty on Saturdays, and a littlewalking is good after a good meal. Wehave the Wine Walk, we have the VillageVenture, we have the little farmers market(they do close the street for the farmersmarket) and we have had cruise night forthe past 15 years and Sandy has had nosupport but she continuous to do this onher own with no help from anyone.
Dear Editor:Last night, Meg Whitman left arecorded message on my phone endors-ing the film,
Waiting for Superman
.She called it a ‘must-see’ film for fixingeducation in California.I assume that means she advocates pri-vatizing public education, busting teacherunions so that benefits and pensions arecompromised, using standardized testswith all of their limitations to assess stu-dent progress and teacher effectiveness, aswell as instituting the divisive practice of teacher merit pay based on test scores.No matter where the discussion goesabout how to ‘fix our schools,’ we cannotlet teachers become the scapegoats.Teachers are the ones working to offsetthe larger societal problems created bypoverty, second language acquisition,parental apathy,
they are doing thiswithin an atmosphere of budget cuts andvoter/taxpayer/public indifference and/ordisrespect.
Don’t be taken in
Dear Editor:The Republican Party of 2010 hastaken on a decidedly more libertarianlook. We hear the constant drone of howgovernment is evil, that the founding fa-thers favored limited government and thatindividual freedom is threatened bytryanny. Don’t let yourself be fooled.What this is really about is having vot-ers, especially those of the middle class,vote against their own interests and givemore power to the wealthy.Republicans feign surprise when Pres-ident Obama has followed through on hiscampaign promises and argue that indi-vidual freedom is lost through the passageof bills like the health care bill.Elections have consequences, and wethe people voted for those who are in of-fice now. Majority rule does not equatetyranny. The courts holding for the rule of law and those rights protected under theConstitution are doing their job. If we donot like the outcome that does not meanwe are under tyrannical rule.What would less government looklike? Do we want to return to the daywhen there was no inspection of food, andnew drugs were not tested to see if theymet certain safety standards? Do we wantto return to the day when our air was pol-luted and the air we breathed was a clearand present danger to our health? What dowe want from our government other thanit be more efficient and less wasteful?You don't throw the baby out with thebath water. The private sector is nopanacea either. Countrywide Financial,Enron, and the list goes on, are examplesof greed gone wild. But we hear now thatone of the solutions to our problems is lessregulation. Are you kidding me? That islike some person who likes pain sayingkick me again. Do we really think bigbusiness and banks are to be trusted?I personally meet in my business peo-ple who depend entirely on their SocialSecurity for their retirement income. I findit unconscionable that there are peoplerunning for the Senate today who in theirheart of hearts want to get rid of Social Se-curity. This mind set that altruism is badand it is all about me, disgusts me. Per-haps it sounds really nice to believe thatthe age of the rugged individual still ex-ists. But sorry, unless you live in Alaskawhere they hunt from helicopters, we alldepend on each other to survive. Mandoes not live on an island.If you really want government to be re-sponsive to the people, take the corrupt-ing influence of money out of politics. Inthe meantime, don’t buy the soap just be-cause of the color. Demand from ourelecteds more competence and efficiency.Don’t tread on me, sounds nice but aren’twe saying just let us do whatever weplease without any consequences?