A proper warning
EDITOR: Thanks for publishing Michael A. Fiumara's Close to Home column (“Making crosswalks safer,” Monday) and possibly continuing a discussion on the issue of crosswalk safety.
As a non-native Santa Rosan, I am constantly amazed that many apparent native Santa Rosans happily drive through occupied crosswalks — an apparent peculiarity of the area.
London also has a peculiarity where the natives drive on the wrong side of the road. As a result, the city of London has marked its crosswalks with “Look to the right,” presumably to warn non-natives that cars are coming from the right instead of the left, as in most of the rest of the world.
While Fiumara's recommended improvements may make the crosswalks safer, I suggest, as a warning to us non-natives, the city of Santa Rosa mark its crosswalks with “Watch out, the suckers don't stop!”
Prop. 30 is working
EDITOR: Normally, I enjoy reading both points of view on political issues, but I found myself incredibly perturbed after reading Lanhee Chen's commentary about Gov. Jerry Brown (“Failing marks for California's governor,” Saturday). The particular issue I found was his comment that Democrats should be concerned that Brown is not “providing more affordable higher education.” Maybe Chen should have read the front-page of The Press Democrat on Friday (“SRJC adds 500 classes.”)
As someone who attended Santa Rosa Junior College and now supervises line staff attending either the junior college or Sonoma State University, I've watched as they frantically searched for classes that would help them complete their educational goals while also allowing them to support themselves financially.
It's clear that Brown's Proposition 30 is putting education back on the top of California's priority list and that Chen was looking for any reason, no matter how factually incorrect, to criticize him.