We always look forward to our Ventana. Lots of good info. But isnít that iceplant
on your front cover?
Edna Vollmer, Santa Cruz
Stop unwanted catalogs
Yesterday marked the beginning of a season that seems to be starting earlier
each year. I received my first catalog of Christmas items on July 18th! If youíre
someone who works hard to minimize the amount of waste originating from your home,
the first holiday catalog is an unwelcome harbinger of future trips to the recycling
bin. If you want to remove your name from these mailing lists, I have some advice
to pass on.
Contacting the companies behind these catalogs and asking to be removed from
their list has turned out to be only a temporary measure. The catalogs cease showing
up in my mailbox for three or four months and then resume, probably after an updated
list is received.
While companies must advertise to attract new customers, the volume of solicitations
seems excessive. I was averaging a catalog about every other day. To be removed
from direct mail advertising lists, send a letter including your name, address
and telephone number to the following address: Mail Preference Service, Direct
Marketing Association P.O. Box 9008, Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008. Simply state
that you wish to be removed from their list. By law, they must comply. There will
be a lag time of up to three months depending upon how often the various companies
sending you catalogs update their lists, so a little patience is required. Good
luck and Merry Christmas!
Julianne Rhodes, Santa Cruz
Too many straws
I am writing to express my opinion on the upcoming election to the Monterey
Peninsula Water Management District Board. I will be giving my support to candidates
that can see the ďbigĒ picture of what is at stake for the environment if Cal
Am is allowed to proceed with its proposed desal plant in Moss Landing. Donít
think for one second that this is just an issue for Monterey County. This is an
issue for any county that surrounds us as well. The proposed desal plant will
be large enough to add many straws to the fountain.
Paula Lotz, Carmel Valley