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Danville Express

Perspective - July 31, 2009

Letters to the Editor

Keep the trees

Dear Editor:

Eight trees, seven redwoods and one pine, are scheduled to be cut down for the expansion of the Veteran's Memorial Building in Danville. The Town is permitted to take down the seven 70-to-80 foot tall redwoods because the redwoods have been designated "nuisance" trees.

That sounds like an outmoded business-as-usual idea not compatible with this era of climate disruption. Instead of cutting down the trees and releasing tons of CO2 into our atmosphere, consider the benefits of these living trees.

These trees clean carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Redwoods sequester the most CO2 of all trees. These trees hold water for replenishing the aquifer which California is drawing down faster than it replenishes. These trees cool the street in summer and slow the high winds in winter. What a nuisance these redwoods are!

Balance these long term benefits against widening a building about 12 feet right up to the sidewalk and safeguarding the underground pipes from invasive roots. If enough people feel strongly about climate disruption, perhaps we can convince the Town of Danville not to log those trees and further contribute to cooking our planet.

Write to the Town. It doesn't matter if you are a resident of Danville: Climate disruption knows no boundaries.

Margreta von Pein


Lizards counteract Lyme

Dear Editor:

As pointed out in the article July 17, "So sick from a tick," black-legged ticks and Lyme disease are common in Contra Costa County. Western fence lizards, also known as "blue belly" lizards, have an amazing ability. A protein in their blood kills the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. After an infected tick feeds on a fence lizard, it no longer will transmit the disease if it bites a person.

At the Lindsay Wildlife Museum hospital, we've seen 21 western fence lizards brought to us in the past 18 months - many caught by cats or stuck on sticky traps. With this lizard's ability to help us stay healthy, it's important to keep cats indoors and eliminate the use of sticky traps to save these useful lizards.

Susan Heckly

, Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek

4-H says thanks

Dear Editor:

We would like to thank everyone in our community who helped us during our lamb and swine projects: our leaders, parents and especially the Safeway stores in Alamo and San Ramon, and the Lewkowicz Family for their donations at the Alameda County Fair livestock auction.

4-H is a youth-based organization for kids aged 5-19 that teaches citizenship, leadership and life skills. Activities can include raising an animal or learning a skill, like cake decorating. The end-of-the-year highlight is entering your livestock or project into the county fair for judging against other clubs. Projects in our club include sheep, swine, goats, rabbits, cake-decorating, photography, cooking and woodworking.

Joining a 4H club usually occurs at the start of the school year. Find more information at www.ca4h.org or at www.alamedacounty.org.

Monica, Chris & Dennis Riley

Members of Tassajara Valley 4-H

Kids need time for fun

Dear Editor:

I think I should send a message to the teachers to help kids. I think there is no way a kid should have three hours of homework everyday including weekends. We need a break! Parents have the weekends off from work, kids should have the same privilege. Kids need time to play and use their imaginations. Have you ever heard about the new word called "fun"? You should try it some time.

Matthew Fraysse

Walnut Creek