Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - June 27, 2014

Letters

Compostable bags banned by Pleasanton Garbage

Dear Editor,

Pleasanton garbage refuses to accept certified green compostable bags made from plant fiber for use in the green can. Due to this ridiculous position, I am now forced to put my compostable kitchen waste in plastic bags in the trash where it will go into the landfill.

The reason they give for this is that the bio bags don't break down fast enough. Why, then, do other cities use them? With the drought, I can no longer hose out my green can to keep it from smelling. Their ridiculous suggestion to wrap food waste in newspaper is ludicrous. As for stuffing it in milk cartons, I don't use enough milk to do that.

Pleasanton needs to get serious about this drought and support those of us who are trying to save water by not using the garbage disposal. In the meantime, my compostable waste is headed straight for the landfill in plastic bags. What a waste.

-- Roberta Lewis

Teen's prompt response prevents drowning

Dear Editor,

Last week, Charlie Ferris, a 16-year-old who will be a junior this year at Amador Valley High School and a lifeguard at the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center, prevented the drowning of an adult swimmer.

The swimmer had gone to a depth where she was unable to touch the bottom of the pool and found herself in trouble and struggling for the surface. Charlie recognized the situation and responded by entering the pool and proceeding to the swimmer. I and another swimmer also converged on the struggling swimmer. Charlie arrived first and took command of the situation and pulled the struggling swimmer to safety. The depth of the water where this incident began was not deep, but any depth is of consequence to an inexperienced swimmer.

I wanted to recognize Charlie for her alert, prompt, selfless and courageous response. She demonstrated a level of maturity and a command of the situation beyond her years. She also sustained an injury to her ankle while responding.

It might be easy to discount Charlie's actions as "no big deal," but fortunately her response averted what could have been a tragic event.

-- Jeff Quinn

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