Welcome wild turkeys in Davis
Re “Davis council approves plan to curb urban turkeys” (Local, Oct. 27): Belying its reputation as the biggest little environmental city in the state, Davis is once again acting to remove its urban wildlife.
In the past, we in Davis have planned and encouraged development of habitat for burrowing owls, Swainson’s hawks and other remnant animals in our highly disturbed ecosystem. It’s getting hard to see any native, or even non-native, wildlife in Davis. Urban wildlife have a hard enough time as it is, let alone just finding somewhere to nest, den or take cover.
Most environmental groups and agencies have special urban wildlife programs, usually focusing on how great it is that they are here and trying to reduce conflict. In my 22 years here, I have seen wildlife gradually disappear, and when they manage to stick, I welcome their presence. I love seeing the turkeys pecking beside the road, or the non-native squirrels chattering like monkeys in the trees in my backyard. I hate the idea that we can’t reach accommodation and live alongside them.
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I don’t think we need to emulate Donald Trump’s approach to immigrants in our treatment of remnant urban wildlife, I don’t think we need to trap and relocate, lethally control or otherwise intrude on their already disturbed lives. Instead, let’s give thanks that we even have wildlife in our cities.
Fraser Shilling, Davis
ecologist, UC Davis
Wearing Cleveland attire with pride
Re “Wahoo an embarrassing reminder of racist mascots” (Insight, Oct. 27): As an Italian American and Cleveland Indians fan, I take exception to the column by Erika D. Smith. Chief Wahoo is a symbol of pride to Indians fans.
However, I can understand how Native Americans can view it as racist. I can understand because the Little Caesars Pizza mascot is just as racist. Put next to each other, their similarities are striking – exaggerated facial qualities, typical racist attire, broad smiles. Italian Americans have been subject to immigration quotas. They were detained during World War II and they lost their jobs.
When Smith jumps decries symbolic racism for all ethnicities that have been the victims of prejudice, I’ll be on board. Until then I will continue to wear my Indians attire with pride.
How will Sheriff Jones fight ISIS?
TV commercials for Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones proclaim that, as our congressman, he would restore our military and defeat the terrorists. We already have the strongest military in the world, and that doesn’t make it easy to defeat the terrorists.
Would Jones advocate for additional aircraft carriers, more bombers? Maybe we could induct a few hundred thousand into our military so we could invade and occupy some of the countries where we are having problems, and we could stay there for 10 or more years until we are satisfied with the outcome.
The idea that more money spent on our military would defeat terrorists is without merit.
I invite Jones to give us more information on how that would help. Perhaps it has the same logic that arming an additional 8,000 of our citizens would make us all safer.
Bill Wallace, Sacramento
A better death penalty question
Re “Prison officers’ union begins ad campaign to keep state death penalty” (Page 1A, Oct. 26): Chuck Alexander, CCPOA president, asked: “Without the death penalty, what’s to stop a killer serving life without parole from killing inside prison?” Good question.
Better question: With the death penalty, what’s to stop an innocent person from being executed for a crime he or she did not commit?
Tom Kent, Rio Linda
Someone enjoys the election season
We are nearing the end of this election season and preparing for the holidays. What will happen to all this election cheer? All the pride in our candidates, yard signs, bumper stickers and warm smiles. The water cooler talk with a co-worker that you thought would never engage in a conversation, and the online arguments that left you with one less friend.
Despite the painful political divide that we are reminded of every day, this election has filled the air with energy and spirit, and I’m going to miss every minute of it. Like that one house that doesn’t take down holiday decorations, my yard signs will continue to stand.
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