In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
f you had a magic wand and could make three changes in your community what would they be?
OPEN PARTS OF Highway 4, then concentrate on eBART. Demolish most of downtown Antioch and start with fresh new buildings. Spruce up the landscaping and get rid of the haggard bushes seen throughout Antioch.
I'D WAVE THE wand to get better role models of abusive, absentee or permissive parents who need to get off the sidelines and into nurturing, hands-on roles with their child's schooling, faith rearing, recreational pursuits and home discipline; get so business-friendly that jobs and business flow into the town, funding starving police and city services; channel from heaven my departed mom's lesson to always leave a place better than you found it. If it's a street you are traveling down or a house you own or rent, take pride in its look.
THREE WISHES. OK -- I'll try. 1. The ethics and morality fairy goes "ting" with her magic wand and all public officials are suddenly moral and ethical. 2. The Ten Commandments are resurrected in a prominent place in or on city hall. 3. Somehow the teachers, parents and school boards quit the infighting and all work together to establish an education program that actually works -- and actually delivers ready, willing and able students into a waiting work environment or higher education environment that students can afford.
Wake me when it all happens.
MY WISHES ARE: Term limits for city council and other high-level positions. 2. Remove the grandfather clause for RVs, which was not part of the original compromise. The city threw that in after we shook hands! It's a wonder the people don't trust government. 3. Stop newspapers from editing too much just because it is not politically correct. Just put a disclaimer and let us have our freedom of speech.
Freedom is not free!
THE FIRST WOULD be no Section 8 vouchers accepted for single family homes -- meaning you cannot use the voucher to plant yourself between two homeowners. The second would raze the Sycamore coridoor and rebuild new high-density, low-income housing with the voucher recipients being thoroughly vetted before being accepted for residency. Three, no loitering in front of businesses as well as handicapped parking crackdown.
THREE CHANGES I'D make would be returning our community to horse-and-buggy days -- a forested community -- and way fewer residents residing out here.
The unrestricted growth has negatively impacted this area to the point of causing many problems that continue to be multiplied as more and more people occupy the area. Modern travel has adversely increased our health problems, loss of time, added frustrations, and in some cases, death. The virtual concrete jungle that we currently have out here cannot compete with the very positives of a forested environment and its benefits. This fast-paced, money-hungry, unhealthy and full-speed ahead mentality has worsened where we live. The public should take a step back and see that better days and things have been sacrificed in favor of greed, speed, self-enrichment, unhealthy living, and crushing sardine-like overpopulation.
Ralph A. Hernandez
This week's question:
Antioch and Contra Costa County officials are hashing out a complex plan to annex 678 acres in the city's northeast, including the NRG Energy's 760-megawatt power plant, netting $1.2 million in new, yearly tax revenue. It also means, however, that residents in the rural area off Viera Avenue would become part of the city, some of whom are worried about the costs to connect to city water and sewer lines and about potential changes to their rural way of life. Do you think this swath of land should be annexed into Antioch? Why or why not?
Email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence. Not all responses will be published. Note: Please respond before Monday.