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Before COVID-19, I wrote about classic films and television anniversary stories, along with some history context under Napa Valley Register’s opinion former editor, Sean Scully. Sometimes, he’d add an old photograph from the film or television series to my article. It was fun.

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As I drove past Second and Jefferson I noticed all the orange cones and the traffic billboard alerting me to a potential hazard. As I arrived at Third and Jefferson I realized that the hazard was the newly installed flashing yellow arrow. I safely made it through the intersection all the while thinking “what expert dreamed this one up?” and knowing it was a recipe for disaster.

As avid bicyclists, my partner Gary Snethen and I were pleased to read that the city is proposing to move forward with paving a new pedestrian and bicycle trail under Highway 29 at Napa Creek. However, we are also concerned that this new $2.1 million dollar project is soon likely to end up like the trail behind Copia and the one at the Lincoln Avenue bridge over the Napa River: Extensively damaged by flooding and lying in disrepair for years on end.

My recommendation, as I have recommended in this space before, is to develop a high-speed small craft ferry service to and from the Napa Dock to the Vallejo Ferry Terminal to increase access to more moderate-income housing in American Canyon and Vallejo.

After reading Barry Eberling's article on the fiasco regarding the use, or lack of use, of the inmate re-entry facility there is one big question. Why isn't State Sen. Bill Dodd and Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry involved in resolving this issue?

As an art teacher, Pam Imbach chose to introduce her students to the work of Kimmy Cantrell, an African American artist who works in clay. Through the lesson, students learned about what motivates Mr. Cantrell to create as well as his background. Because of their exposure to this talented artist, they were inspired to create their own masks. Art is all about self-expression. 

It was quite inappropriate to criticize this lesson. We don't know what other Black History Month activities took place in the school. We should applaud this teacher for trying to inspire creativity among her students by exposing them to Mr. Cantrell's work. If one child felt encouraged to pursue art because of this lesson, then the purpose of Black History Month was realized.

As with his family, close friends and many admirers, I am sad to hear of the passing of this wonderful Napa legend, Phil Champlin. I would like to add my voice to the multitude of stories of how he impacted people for the good in his various positions in the County.

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I am writing to express my gratitude and appreciation to Bill Hammond Blessed 25th for their tremendous support of the Boys & Girls Club through their Napa Live Celebrity Golf tournament with Cedric the Entertainer, Anthony Anderson and more. Their generous donation of $20,000 has had a significant impact on the programs and services that we provide to the children of our Napa Valley Community.

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The Napa/Solano Area Agency on Aging includes an Advisory Council that serves in an advisory, planning, and advocacy capacity for older adults, adults with disabilities, and caregivers in Napa and Solano counties. The Advisory Council works closely with AAA staff and takes positions on federal, state, regional, and local policies, program, procedures, and legislation impacting older adults.

With all the development we have been witnessing these last few years around town and the ever-increasing valuations given to properties in Napa, I can’t be the only one who scratches my head wondering why are there so many other sites that have sat vacant or in a dilapidated state of disrepair for many years?

In reply to Ron Rogers' letter concerning my letter. I'll keep it short. Mt. Rogers didn't quite get what I was writing about. My whole letter was leading up to my last paragraph which he didn't comment on at all. Kinda like he didn't see the forest for the trees.

This letter is in response to the “Proceed with Caution” editorial dated Sunday, February 12 in the Napa Register regarding metered parking for both the downtown and Oxbow areas. The article ended by saying, maybe the best course of action is to leave well enough alone. I couldn’t agree more. Although there are some enhancements that could improve parking issues which includes the three parking garages, the key in parking problems seems to be employee parking.

Dear Alfredo, it was interesting to read your recent letter in the Register. I voted for you several times in previous elections. Your letter seems to state that you believe all is forgiven regarding your lack of judgement in your previous actions regarding Walt Ranch. It is not. You have never owned up to your mistakes and I can never vote for you as my supervisor again. 

John Truchard is proving his mettle as a good steward of Napa treasures -- the Uptown and Opera House. The Uptown continues to be a beacon in the night will all letters illuminated, looking great and a line up that many of my friends are very happy with.

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