Making a good future happen, the new Seeing 2020 project, struck a chord. We made a difficult choice to move from San Francisco to small, subdued Modesto in 1965. We grew to appreciate the appeal of our surroundings, the convenience of the parking and, especially, the kind and friendly residents. The town developed in a sometimes disappointing way, but the work and wisdom of leaders like Peggy Mensinger and Mary Grogan ensured its stability and beauty. At this point in 2014, Modesto has gained some and lost a lot. But the potential of its generous people remains.
Our suggestion for civic improvement is very easy and costs nothing. Would everyone please store garbage cans out of sight? The current trend of keeping them somewhere in the front yard is sorely detracting from our pretty neighborhoods. We surmise that some people simply dont realize that this is not the norm, that not so long ago it was virtually unthinkable to leave garbage cans in public view. Many cities have strict ordinances regarding this. Hopefully, it wouldnt even be needed. If our suggestion seems like an insignificant action to take, consider the ripple effects of each improved view and each good example.
RICHARD AND DIANA DOLL