Q: I was appalled at Chico resident Bob Kromer’s comments about increasing fines for cars running red lights.
The increase was not the reason for my angst.
Being a Chico State student in the ’70s, I envisioned Bob and guests wearing Dockers at this party and drinking a fine chardonnay, for goodness sake. Concerned students just before I went there approached the city council about an unsafe crosswalk near campus, wanting a pedestrian signal there. The city council rejected the request. About that time, the state allowed students to vote in cities where they went to school. Students organized and literally took over the city council. They got their signal.
So where’s that Chico spirit now, Bob?
Obviously, my fond memories of Chico activism, skinny dipping in Upper Bidwell Park and streaking buck naked into the liquor store on Highway 32 for some Annie Green Springs wine are only that … fond memories. You ruined it for me, Bob!
Charlie Wilson, Chico State class of ’75
Q: What a crappy response to Bob Kromer’s letter that effectively says in his social circle, driving fines are too low to make an impact, so let’s raise them higher so these privileged jerks will decide to properly drive. Which you supported.
I wish you had said something to the effect that it sounds good, but that maybe it would disproportionately punish the rest of us. And point out that deliberately flouting the law because you can afford the fine is pretty selfish.
A: Readers, how high do you think fines should go for risky driving behavior — if you do think fines should be raised?
Remember, a ticket for drunk driving can be as much as $1,000.
Q: As catalytic converter thefts continue to take place in increasing levels, one wonders why our politicians in Sacramento continue to ignore this activity and have not passed a law that would require catalytic converter sales to scrap dealers to be documented by source and individual names.
When scrap dealers accept unsourced converters that are documented as coming from unknown sources and repeat individuals, it would seem that not only those individuals, but the dealers could be prosecuted.
Charles Shoemaker, Sunnyvale
Q: We’re headed that way.
Q: In Danville at our library, we have an electric charging station with no visible method of payment. Is this a free service? If so, it seems to me that, in a state that has to buy out-of-state electricity, we are providing free charging for an already heavily subsidized (no road tax, tax credits, and HOV lane access) product.
John H. Carter, Danville
A: Eventually chargers like these will be accessible for a fee. For now, it sounds like this one is free.
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