Drought-friendly lawns got readers commenting this week, with most Alhambra Source readers advocating that the city should do more to encourage sustainable landscaping, responding to a story by Alexis Moreno. And a Youth Feed story about ethnic tensions during student leadership campaigns at Alhambra High School caused readers to reflect on how ethnicity affected their own educational experiences.
Moreno, in her story on city landscaping policies, shares how she received a warning when she let her lawn die in an effort to replace grass with low-water vegetation. Omair rejected the author’s claim that the city’s lawn policy contradicts itself when it asks for a lively green lawn and then encourages drought-friendly material. “There is a big difference between taking out the grass and replacing it with another type of more sustainable ground cover and just not maintaining the grass,” he wrote. “The reason you received the notice was because of lack of maintenance of the established grass, not because you wanted to replace it.”
But Dan Bednarski agreed with Moreno that the city should communicate water-friendly solutions to residents. “The city should start a program that better helps homeowners migrate to drought tolerant landscaping,” he wrote. “It can provide basic information on its website about the city's policies, when it will take enforcement action, how to best avoid enforcement action, and information about alternative methods of converting to drought tolerant landscaping.”
The Youth Feed’s story about the lack of Latino students in AHS leadership positions caused a reader to reflect on her own education. “I took AP and ‘normal’ classes, and there was a world of difference,” wrote Tiff. “My normal classes were filled with a bunch of idiot that didn't give a crap about school and wanted to cheat off the person next to them on homework and test i.e. they didn't do any of it. My AP classes, no one wanted to do the work, but everyone still did it. It’s been years since I left but apparently things haven't changed at all.”
“I'm of Hispanic, or Latin, descent, but I still can't speak for the whole Latino community,” wrote josh. “All I can speak of is myself and my friends at the time we were in h.s. And the truth of it was that we just didn't care…If anything, most of my friends were only concerned with getting high school over with already…it's not that I didn't want to ‘achieve’ in life, but I just wasn't interested in ‘overachieving,’ like so many of these AP kids seem to do. There's more to life than that.”
He continued, “If a kid, be it any race, wants to go into that field of school politics then God bless him! But not everybody wants to be in politics, and not everybody wants to be in AP classes. And just because kids aren't in AP classes doesn't make them any less significant or intelligent than those kids that are…STOP COMPARING KIDS BASED ON THEIR RACES, ON THEIR ABILITIES, ON THEIR STATUS.”