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    • Donald Sanders

    • July 21, 2017 in Columnists

    More thinking, less mouthing off

    Every week, I read in our local newspaper, the Winters Express, about how unhappy some people are with the restoration work on Putah Creek. It’s always the same group of people that do everything they can to prevent the completion of the Putah Creek Restoration Project. Today’s paper reports how a newly formed environmental group, Friends of Putah Creek, has filed a petition in the courts of Solano County that will essentially halt the restoration project.

    With friends like that, who needs enemies? These people don’t have a clue! From what I gather, their major complaint concerns the use of equipment in the removal of invasive plants, trash removal, and channel alignment. I’m not the smartest guy in the world, but I’ll be damned if I can see a way to do the project without equipment. Geeze, give me a break!

    Every year, the Putah Creek Council participates with the California Coastal Commission’s waterway cleanup day. Just like clockwork, every year, there is an average of 3,300 pounds of trash cleaned up just in an eight-mile stretch of Putah Creek. Take my word for it — that is a lot of trash. The bad part about this is the fact that Putah Creek has been the dumping ground for trash for over 150 years.

    All along Putah Creek, there are old cars, car batteries, barrels of oil, chemicals, and I don’t know what else just under the surface of the topsoil. I personally have seen things unearthed in the Nature Park that I don’t know what it was, but I think it may be responsible for my sudden increase in age. In the last few years, I’ turned gray, my skin is clammy, and my brain is half the size it was when the restoration project started.

    Maybe the Friends of Putah Creek can find a way to remove all that toxic trash and align the channel without the use of equipment. I think not, because all they can do is complain and bitch to each other about those who are really making an effort to fix the creek. For some ungodly reason, the FOPC wants to leave the creek exactly as it is. As dumb as I am, even I can tell that we have screwed up the creek royally through the years and now the time has come to fix it before it is too far gone to fix.

    Today’s paper also has a letter to the editor from a guy named Jeff TenPas. He seems like a nice enough guy, but I think he may be dumber than I am. He seems to have the loudest mouth of those who are against the restoration project. He is always shooting off his mouth but what comes out doesn’t make sense to me. I can’t figure out what the hell is on his mind, and maybe it’s better that I don’t know because it just might make me angry. I don’t like it when I get angry; it makes me uglier than I am already.

    The Friends of Putah Creek think that if you can’t fix the creek outright then you should do nothing at all. Well, like the joke says, “That’s a special kind of stupid!” Do you think that maybe I’m wrong in thinking that the only way to remove old cars, batteries, and other toxic crap is to dig it out and haul it away? Maybe I’m not so dumb after all. Sometimes I amaze myself with my brilliance!

    One thing I do know for sure, and that is the fact that this restoration project is a good thing. It is exactly what this creek needs. Another thing we need is for Mr. TenPas to use that brain of his in a more positive manner. He should do more thinking and less mouthing off.

    Putah Creek was a dump before the Putah Creek Council got to it in the 1980s, its banks littered with “Detroit rip rap” – abandoned cars – couches, refrigerators and other types of trash. (Peter Moyle/Courtesy photo)

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