Monday Nov 21 2011
Editor's View: Wild Monty Python weekend; readers sound off
By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
It’s been a busy week in the Folsom and El Dorado Hills area. On Friday morning I attended a meeting regarding an international food fundraiser put on by the Rotary Club of Historic Folsom. Mark your calendars for March 18 at the Folsom Community Center. The fundraiser will help the club with many of its projects throughout the year such as the Folsom Play for All Park, the Dictionary Project, Twin Lakes Food Bank, Powerhouse Ministries and the other good works done by the club. I am probably a bit biased on this one since I’m a member of Rotary. The food festival will also feature a recipe contest, so get those ideas flowing. I’ll let you know more of the details as they become available. Volunteers from have been busy since June planning this event. Later than evening, I stopped by the Folsom History Museum’s opening of their new exhibit, “Under the Christmas Tree” (see story on A3). After a great meal at Hop Sing restaurant on Sutter Street, my oldest daughter Madison, 18, and I caught “Witness for the Prosecution” at Sutter Street Theatre (see my review online). The next day, we also took in the final show of “Monty Python’s Spamalot” at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College. The sold-out crowd laughed non-stop during the show. Madison and I?have watched all the “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” TV?shows and films, so this was a special father-daughter treat. While there, I spotted a familiar face. Rich Cantor was on hand as a volunteer usher. He said he probably volunteers his time to the facility once each month and he’s impressed by those who volunteer more frequently. Reader feedback In my column last week, I wrote about Rep. Dan Lungren’s bill that would curb lawsuits targeting businesses for perceived non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some attorneys have filed hundreds of lawsuits without ever even going into the businesses. They often start with a letter of intent to sue and vaguely mention the business is not in compliance, but they don’t tell the business what’s wrong. Lungren’s proposed legislation would require specific ADA-compliance issues to be addressed in a letter and to allow the business time to respond and make the necessary modifications. I think it’s a common sense approach and a few readers agree. “I am not a business that had to deal with this, thank goodness,” writes Dina Collins. “However, I just wanted to say this is the most sensible legislation I’ve heard about in a long time! I first heard about it through reading your article. Thank you for covering it.” Tom Scott, with California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, also chimed in. Find them at cala.com. “We have these ADA guys terrorizing these small businesses,” he said. “The thing about the Lungren bill is it really is about access.” Pony Express rides again If you’d like to have your greeting cards delivered by Pony Express, you have until Dec. 3 to get them dropped off at the Folsom History Museum on Sutter Street or at Handley’s on E. Bidwell Street in Folsom. On Dec. 10, the cards will start out at the museum at 9 a.m. and hit the trail at 10 a.m. Around 11 a.m., riders will leave the Nimbus Fish Hatchery and leave River Bend Park at 12:45 p.m. They should arrive at the Sacramento History Museum on Old Sacramento at 3:35 p.m. Once they get there, the cards will be stamped with a commemorative stamp, hand canceled and turned over to the U.S. Postmaster for delivery. Managing Editor Don Chaddock’s column usually publishes weekly. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (916) 351-3753.