I've heard several readers of the Danville Weekly complain your newspaper has too many ads. Au contraire. On page 19, alone, I found three very useful, colorful ads. I go to an endocrinologist, but the nearest ones have been in Lafayette or Pleasanton. Now I see that Dr. Mahmood Kazemi, Board Certified in Endocrinology, is opening up a new practice at Bishop Ranch. Our wills and trusts are 11 years old, badly in need of updating. I read that Robert J. Silverman, Attorney at Law, with Berding & Weil is offering a free consultation. Mr. Silverman has been recommended by several friends, plus I've known Tyler Berding and Steve Weil since they began their firm in Alamo. Finally, my wife is looking for an apartment in the area until the real estate bubble has fully burst. I read the third ad on the page, Villas at Monterosso are Danville's newest luxury apartments, offering the first six weeks free rent.
The Danville Area badly needs a hometown weekly newspaper that is delivered to everyone. The alternative to ads is to make subscriptions mandatory.
Ralph Hoffmann, Danville
Beware of batteries
I am a 14-year-old student at the Athenian Middle School and I am writing to bring a rising environmental problem to your attention. I am a local Danville resident, and I am concerned about the harmful effect that batteries have on our environment.
Batteries have become necessities in people's lives today, but also a rising problem. Americans purchase about 3 billion batteries each year. Less than 2 percent of batteries are recycled properly. Batteries are proven to release toxic chemicals into our natural resources and affect our ecosystem.
About 34,000 tons of household batteries are getting disposed of in California's trash each year. This is a very large number considering it is illegal to dispose of them in the regular garbage. Not only do the chemicals get released into the air, but also they leak into the soil, water sources and, eventually, food sources. The most harmful types of batteries are car batteries, which contain much more lead than any others.
The hazardous waste center in Martinez is the largest and most established recycling center in California but can be inconvenient. Smaller stores dispersed throughout California such as Rite Aid and Long Drugs, are now providing special boxes to collect used batteries or letting customers turn in used batteries at the checkout counter.
As of February 2006, a law came into effect prohibiting people from disposing of batteries in the regular household garbage. Not many people are aware of this law. There are many ways that the people of our community can help prevent this problem. With more public awareness, consumers will become more educated and reduce the damage being done. If the consumers were educated, they would have knowledge on the proper way to recycle batteries. A possible solution would be for consumers to get money back for their batteries, just like for other recyclables.
Mercedes Antonini, Athenian Middle School
Tired of junk mail
We've been complaining about "junk mail" for years and it doesn't get better. Mountains of paper are wasted each day on stuff nobody wants and it is a terrible inconvenience to dispose of it. I asked the post office and the only answer was, "We get paid to deliver it and that's what we will do! It's our job!" Rubbish!
We just returned from a trip to Australia and New Zealand and noticed many, in fact most, mailboxes had a notice pasted on them saying, "Do not deliver unsolicited mail." And you know what? Their post office complies! End of problem! How civilized!
I propose that all of us take our junk mail down to the post office every week and deposit it in their trash cans until they are full, and then on the counters. I know it seems unfair to punish the employees who do not make the policy but you gotta start somewhere.
Rick Mahan, Danville