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September 30, 2020

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 4

First Lady was sincere, dazzling 

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I felt that First Lady Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention was completely sincere and her words were bursting with dazzling light. She strikes me as being a person who truly and deeply cares about the wellbeing of her fellow Americans and cares about people everywhere. Her life story is also very inspiring and she has overcome many difficulties on her path to shining prominence.   

Mike Bobeda, Watsonville

Vote him out

We Americans are 4% of the world’s population but more than 20% of the global deaths due to Covid-19.  I hope Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will talk about this every day between now and Nov. 3. Voters need to be reminded of the tens of thousands of people we’ve needlessly lost to this disease because of an incompetent President who packed his Cabinet and other key governmental positions with cronies and yes-men. It didn’t have to be like this. Please vote for competence and change on Nov. 3.

Amy Newell, Watsonville 

Trail-Only = Benefit people not freight

I appreciate the letter in last week’s Pajaronian. It confirms that Rail-Trail is being supported by special interests.

Even if we assume that out of the goodness of their heart, that the for-profit Big Creek Lumber (that interestingly borders the corridor in the Watsonville industrial area) would provide all that material for free—building such a Rail-Trail to accommodate their freight business wouldn’t be worth it (to us taxpayers). Rail-Trail again becomes a “Freight Train to Nowhere.” Rebuilding a 100-plus-year-old obsolete single-track freight train system cannot be justified (at the cost of millions to us taxpayers) within the residential areas of Santa Cruz County. The railroad doesn’t go everywhere and, even in this case, might as well go nowhere because in any reality, a truck will still be needed to transport that material to the end-user which isn’t anywhere near where the limited track goes.

Let’s not let businesses dump money into influencing city leaders to implement Rail-Trail when Trail-Only that could lead to a viable Bus-Trail would provide a safe corridor for all people. Anyone making a decision on this corridor needs to at least walk this entire corridor to experience the paradise in our own backyard for themselves.

Where’s the bus service on the ocean side of Highway 1 in the Watsonville area? Where’s the safe passageway along San Andreas if one is not in a motor vehicle?

Why not accommodate means for bicyclists to safely travel not only efficiently from Watsonville to Santa Cruz as well as anywhere in between, without risk of getting hit by a car.

Bob Fifield, Aptos


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