|Letters • 08-29-2012||| Print ||
Advocates Trapping, Relocating Predatory Wildlife
Regarding the animal attack that was reported by Julianne Casey in last week’s Forum (“A Warning to Those with Pets,” Letters, Aug. 22), I want to reinforce the warning.
I live on Proctor Road, and routinely see skunks, raccoons, and coyotes travel from the EBMUD property into our property and others nearby. These uncontrolled animals cause economic losses as well. The animals have cost us about $500 for window repair (raccoon) and $500 for our cat’s vet bills (coyote).
I do think Animal Control should assist local residents by actively sponsoring a trap and relocate program. I’m glad to provide access and space to our county animal control officers to ‘set up a sting’ because I thought addressing nuisance animals was part of the job.
Keep Cats Indoors to Avoid Becoming Prey
In reference to the letter of August 22 on the demise of an outside cat (see above), a measure that would prevent this is for cat owners to keep your outside cats, inside your house.
Once you have your animal start roaming they then become part of the natural food chain in the area. We all have seen the result of this in the many missing animal signs.
In addition, outside cats hunt and kill millions of birds every year in addition to squirrels and other animals. Keeping the cats inside would keep them safe and protect the environment.
Says CHP Not Using Resources in the Right Places
Lately, I’ve noticed CHP vehicles stationed at intersections with Stop signs in private residential neighborhoods. Neighborhoods which are, for the most part, private and quiet, mostly travelled by residents living there. I even noticed a CHP vehicle in the Greenridge area on a Saturday morning.
Yet, when I travel on freeway 580, freeway 238, Redwood Road, and Crow Canyon Road, I constantly see countless drivers on cell phones, cutting in and out of lanes, speeding, and even running red lights (Redwood Road, Crow Canyon Road), but very few, if any, CHPs.
These drivers are a danger to the public and put everyone on the road at risk. I would much rather see more CHP resources where these infractions occur than in private residential neighborhoods where they may be on the lookout possible for “rolling stops.”
If we have a shortage of CHP resources, then it makes more sense to allocate these important but scarce resources to areas where there is the most risk and danger to the public.
This November 6, Californians will have an opportunity to vote for the “California Right to Know If Your Food has Been Genetically Engineered Act” – Prop. 37 on the ballot.
If passed it would make it mandatory for food manufactures and retailers to label genetically engineered foods (also call GE or GM foods, or GMOs, for Genetically Modified Organisms) on their packaging or on store signage.
According to polls, when people learn about GMOs, they overwhelmingly want them labeled. In recent surveys by Mellman, Reuters and MSNBC (1), more than 90% of U.S. respondents said they would like to see them labeled.
With most of the world requiring labeling, including all of Europe, Japan, Australia and even China, why hasn’t our government acted in our interests?
It’s hard to believe, but some people don’t want you to know that you are eating GMOs (they were introduced in American’s diets in 1994). The opposition to GE labeling is comprised of the big Agro-Biotech and pesticide companies, including Monsanto, BASF and DuPont, as well as big food manufacturers like Pepsico, Coca Cola, and Kelloggs.
So, what is the opposition afraid of? If GMOs are so great (as they tout in their promotional material) then they should proudly label their technology to consumers.
The problem is these companies know that when people read up on GE foods they most likely will avoid them.
On Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Castro Valley Library, volunteers from CA Right to Know will be showing the film “Genetic Roulette,” a film about GMOs by Jeffrey Smith, and have a brief intro to Prop. 37. Please come and learn more about this important subject and initiative.
Hats off to the East Bay Parks for their ground-breaking efforts to ensure improved public facilities at the Lake Chabot marina and adjacent areas.
The district continues to make great strides and progress. It is without question one of the best uses of public funding to support the local community by offering access to outdoor recreation, including access to the waterfront.
Extending these benefits to persons with disabilities is a high priority and should be addressed by these new improvements at Lake Chabot. The planned gangway and dock will enhance access to the lake even during periods of extreme low water elevations, and year-round access allows community members of all ages and abilities to engage in activities that otherwise would not be available to them.
Such facilities may also help local area youth achieve things they never dreamed were possible. In fact, rowing teams on the nearby Oakland Estuary have allowed three local youth to pursue the ultimate dream: competing in the 2012 Olympic Games. Clayton’s 21 year-old Kara Koehler recently picked up rowing at Cal and just earned a bronze medal in women’s quadruple sculls at the 2012 London Olympics.
Zach Vlahos, 23, was an Oakland Stroke during high school, and went on to cox the men’s eight to a fourth place finish in London.
These three athletes may inspire others to seek such high goals as well. And now that the long awaited improvements at Lake Chabot will facilitate access to such activities here locally, perhaps Castro Valley or San Leandro or Hayward could be one of the next communities that produces an Olympian, or Paralympian, with nearby Lake Chabot as a place to learn a new skill.