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Support parks | Letters to the editor, Nov. 19, 2018

A homeless person sleeps under a blanket on a bench in the tennis court area of Dickey Playground in Fresno on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. Measure P, the sales tax to benefit Fresno parks, was turned done by Fresno voters at the polls earlier this month.
A homeless person sleeps under a blanket on a bench in the tennis court area of Dickey Playground in Fresno on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. Measure P, the sales tax to benefit Fresno parks, was turned done by Fresno voters at the polls earlier this month. Fresno Bee file

Keep alive the desire for parks

I supported Measure P for parks and was sorry it did not win. The 2/3rds need was a high bar. We still can prevail and not let it go. We could have volunteers adopt a park. Volunteers could help with clean up. Equipment could be donated. Our city parks could be a place where story time, music and drama takes place. More family celebrations could happen there.

Other cities have wonderful uses for parks. Green space makes people feel at peace with the world. Parks can be a positive factor to make less need for police and fire.

Let's keep alive our desire for beautiful parks so that we can be proud of our city.

Joan Lipton, Fresno

Standard time would be the best

So what’s wrong with year-round standard time? Arizona and Hawaii seem to be doing quite well, thank you.

The complaints we hear about time change could be mitigated simply by reverting back to the standard time, based on 15 degrees of longitudinal lines as developed to replace the sun time concept.

The simple truth is that we can’t change the sun. We get the amount of sunlight we get. So again, why try to change what we cannot?

David McElroy, Visalia

Work together to better America

Although I can agree with Dennis Shiffin (”Left will do anything they can to trash Trump,” Nov. 11) on some points, I must sharply disagree on others. First, his statement that Trump has “accomplished more for this country in two years than Obama did in eight.” I don’t see how you can compare the two sets of accomplishments, since in 2008 Obama inherited an economy in free fall, while in 2016 Trump inherited an economy on the rise.

The second assertion I strongly reject is that “the left ... will do anything to knock him (Trump) out of the White House.” Whereas this was the case for Republicans and Obama (plainly stated by Mitch McConnell), I sincerely hope and believe it will not be true of Democrats today. Since they have now won the House majority, there are several important bipartisan issues that Congress can work on together with President Trump.

I am hopeful that our current configuration of government can accomplish important work on these bipartisan issues, and thus show America’s true greatness.

Glena Penner, Reedley

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