With Ken Martin

TRASH TO TREASURE: Wow! You should see the goodies in my garage! Wall to wall rummage! Mounds of undiscovered treasurers abide there! Why is it all there? Because my wife, Patty, is chairlady for the Eden Garden Club’s fundraiser Yard Sale on Saturday, September 30, and Sunday, October 1.

Because she is the head honcho, Patty decided to make our house a collection point. In addition, the sale will be at our place, too, so this stuff won’t have to be moved again. Where is our house? 3785 Somerset Avenue. Look for the big bear in front.

The sale will be open from 8 AM to 3 PM both days. Drop by and dig around. You may find that treasure that you have always dreamed of having!

TRASH OF ANOTHER KIND: For exercise I have been doing a lot of walking lately. Not only is walking good for the heart but it gives me a chance to see my community at close range. The very most of what I see I like but one thing greatly annoys me – the amount of trash that is strewn around by some irresponsible knuckleheads.

For some reason, it seems like the preponderance of the trash on our streets and sidewalks is wrappers and cups from fast food places, notably Taco Bell. Are lovers of Mexican fast food bigger messers than the other fast food patrons? Maybe, but Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Burger King, and Jack-in-the-Box as well as Starbuck’s are pretty well represented here, too. What is even more appalling is that fact that a goodly amount of this garbage is on the ground or in the gutter within sight of a trash can!

Come on, people! Let’s show a little responsibility to our neighbors and our community. Take the extra few seconds to throw you discards in a legitimate trash receptacle!!

GOOD COP – NO BAD COP: I am, as I hope many of you are, growing weary of the CHP bashing that is filling our “Letters to the Editor” page lately. These writers consciously or unconsciously violate the law and then cry big tears when they get caught.

Hey, people! It is your own fault, not that of the CHP officers. Statements like “They should be chasing speeders on the freeway” are absolutely ridiculous. Maybe, if you whiners watched your speed, used your seat belts and stopped for stop signs, they could be doing just that. The primary job of the CHP in Castro Valley is to police traffic. From the letters I see it sounds like they are doing that job pretty well.

A couple of the letters had praise for the Sheriff’s Department. These officers are fine but the writers have to remember that traffic is only a secondary assignment for ASCO. Drivers are more likely to be stopped by the CHP, hence more complaints about the Chips.

“WITH OUR HANDS”: “Con Le Nostre Mani” is a display depicting the many contributions Italian immigrants have made to our communities through their hard work and ingenuity. It is currently being shown at the Bank of America at 3067 Castro Valley Boulevard. It will be there through September 30. Please stop in and see this interesting tribute to an ethnic group that really helped build this country.

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