Danville Express

Perspective - July 13, 2007

Letters to the editor

School busing essential

Dear Editor:

My family and I moved here from the East Coast five months ago and I was surprised I needed to buy a school bus pass for my oldest son who attends Monte Vista High. In Maine, the bus was provided by the school district but I understand California has some school funding issues and the population is much larger, so I said "OK." Now, it is to be taken away completely. That I do not understand.

You mentioned that many students did not take advantage of the bus service, but you neglected to mention that quite often there was no room on the bus. This happened mostly on the return trip so I began to pick up my son, which was a whole new experience in traffic control or lack of it. The parking lot had a lot of teens anxious to leave and a lot of anxious parents sitting in a backed up parking lot. I was yelled at by a parent and a student at the same time both telling me to move my car in different directions. The student told me to move my car or he would just hit me. Not a pleasant experience.

Also, traffic trying to leave the schools creates a moving parking lot along Green Valley road. By ending school busing, the district is creating more traffic issues, parking problems as more students drive themselves to school, safety issues particularly with the younger kids, and a bigger pollution problem with the added cars on the road.

I do not claim to have an answer to this, but maybe there is funding somewhere to keep school busing alive in the district. I do believe it should be viewed as an essential part of the school district's budget.

Kathy Hepner, Danville

All spots reserved early for parade

Dear Editor:

Regarding the 4th of July parade: According to the rules posted by the Danville Police Department, no one is allowed to leave chairs out in their spots until 6 p.m. July 3. Last year, arriving around 5:30 p.m. with chairs in hand, I quickly saw that the way around that rule was to stake your spot at any convenient time in the afternoon and to just cop a squat and stay with your stuff until 6 p.m. Last year my mom, my husband and my son and baby were squeezed into a spot in the hot sunshine because of this.

This year I was determined not to have a repeat of that. So, armed with my stuff I met my mom in town around 4 p.m., prepared with a cold drink and a book to read while we waited. Imagine our surprise and dismay to find that all along the entirety of Hartz Avenue there was chalk and tape marking spots that people had decided to save early that morning. Almost everyone I spoke to was upset about this, but no one did anything because no one wants to be the one to plop their stuff on top of someone else's name only to have a confrontation.

This is a celebration of our great country, and on a smaller scale, our great town of Danville. Let's show what good friends and neighbors we can be next year!

Mickie Ford, Danville

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