We’re glad Sheriff Adam Christianson got his new digital aerial camera. The purchase, discussed and approved by the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors this week, is quite expensive (more than the cost of the airplane that will carry it aloft). But it undoubtedly will be a pivotal crime-fighting tool if it does all the things it claims it can do, such as tracking heat signatures, seeing through fog and being able to focus clearly down to criminals’ footwear.
Re “Clean up those leaves, Modesto!” (Letters, Dec. 17): I have a 60-foot tall mulberry tree in my back yard and two Modesto Ash trees in the front yard. If you and 25 to 30 of your neighbors and friends will loan me their green trash cans, along with their help with raking and putting the leaves into these green cans, and if the leaves would only drop to earth in an orderly manner and only a few at a time, I would be more than happy to accommodate your wishes and not make a pile or mess in the street.