Our mayor and City Council seem to think they're pretty smart, the way they expect us citizens to just accept every "decision" they make. But if they're so smart, why are they wasting our tax money on non-essential things like "road maintenance" and "police service" instead of making sure that we all have optimal, 24/7 access to much-needed recreation?
When I drove to my neighborhood park last night around 10 p.m. to play some Frisbee, there was hardly any light there! After the first throw, I wasn't able to see where my Frisbee landed, and had to go home without it. Is that what we want for our children? Do we want them to be banging their heads on teeter-totters or falling off of jungle gyms because they can't see where they're going at night?
Clearly, turning off lights in the parks is not such a bright idea. Now, some people try to tell me that the City saves money and energy by not leaving all those lights on all night. Well, if they want to save money and energy, why not hold public meetings in the daytime instead of the evening?
Besides, everyone knows that the City is sitting on a big pot of money that should be going toward improving recreational resources, including having a free carnival every year for all Right-Thinking Alamedans. Our elected officials just need to open their eyes and look for that big pot of money. Oh, and it would be a lot easier for them to find it if they'd stop turning the lights off!
Ethyl A. Kine
Friday, July 18, 2008