CAWA’s smoke and mirrors
Dear Editor:I have received two mailers from an or-ganization that calls itself Claremont Af-fordable Water Advocates (CAWA) andclaims to have a “compromise agreementwe negotiated directly with Golden StateWater.” Five names appear on the flierswho apparently are the CAWA. Who gave these five people the powerto negotiate with anyone on my behalf?Not me!What are the details of the full agree-ment? They claim in their fliers that Ishould “Read the full agreement at Clare-montWater.org.” The problem is, the fullagreement does not appear on their web-site. What does appear are the claims thatare in the fliers, none of which commitsGolden State Water to anything. There are some interesting highlightedpoints that we might all like to see imple-mented: lower water bills, local control,commitment to conservation and alterna-tives to the WRAM. But the details of how to achieve the goals are non-existentexcept to “work with” GSW. This group appears to me to have all of the markings of yet another distraction byGSW saying we and the city should donothing until we look at another show of smoke and mirrors. I’m not buying it. Thecity should proceed as it has indicated topurchase the water system.
Parker G. Emerson
An outstanding teacher
Dear Editor:As I have been retired from ClaremontHigh School for several years, I have nopersonal knowledge of the events lead-ing to the suspension of teacher DavidLukkarila.However, as a colleague and fellowmember of the social science depart-ment, I have known David Lukkarila asa dedicated, creative, responsible and in-novative teacher. I was his departmentchair at CHS for several years, so I be-lieve I can speak to his abilities in theclassroom.He was respected by parents, students,and staff alike, and always performed inan outstanding and professional way. Finally, I know of no better recom-mendation for any teacher than to saythat I would personally feel fortunate if my own children were in his classroomand had him as their teacher. ClaremontHigh School is a better school becauseDavid Lukkarila has been an integralpart of it.
Lowell G. Rice
Bicycle safety starts and endswith common sense
Dear Editor:Claremont, with over 30 linear milesof bicycle infrastructure, is a haven forcycling enthusiasts. Cycling safetyclasses is a great idea for the young anduninitiated, as I’m sure Sam Pedrozawould attest to. Tom Shelly stated in the article onJune 27 that most accidents are avoid-able, if you use basic skills. He went onto say on a narrow rural road a cyclistshould take control of the lane and forcethe cars to slow down. Remember the words “commonsense” in the title of this article? If youare a parent of someone taking a safetyclass from an individual suggesting youtake control of the road from a car ortruck, I suggest you look around for an-other class. First of all, cyclists are re-quired to stay as far right as possiblewhen going slower than traffic speed,but should also ride single-file for safety,especially in heavy traffic and on narrowroads. That is the law! I agree that more often than not, mo-torists are going to avoid you, but tellingriders to be assertive of your position onthe road and you will be okay is notsomething I would like to be held re-sponsible for telling students of a safetycourse, and I would never counsel myown child to adopt that mindset. It does-n’t sound like a common sense decision. For example, in the article an 11-year-old was planning to ride his bike toschool at the same time the motorists arelate to work—texting, dropping off theirown kids, applying makeup, etc. Andyou are counseling the child to own theroad? Cyclists may be successful beingassertive with autos most of the time, butit only takes once for your son or daugh-ter to be wrong. It may not be worth-while being assertive!While cycling may be a sport to you,the roads are designed to move peopleand commerce. I believe motorists wantto be accommodating to the sport of cy-cling, but I’m not sure the assertivemindset is a common-sense posture forcyclists. By the way, I know the city of LosAngeles used highway funds to put inthousands of miles of bike lanes, I sus-pect Claremont did the same. If mo-torists are paying for the roads theydeserve respectful, not assertive cyclists.
Claremont COURIER/Friday, July 4, 2014
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