Mountain View Voice

Opinion - December 24, 2010

Letters to the editor

Warm gesture to soldiers from anonymous patron

I'd like to share a heartwarming event which occurred Dec. 10.

While having lunch with 13 other military members at Chevy's Restaurant in Mountain View, we were notified by the manager not to worry about our lunch bill. When asked why, she stated, "someone paid our bill for us and wanted to say thanks for serving our country."

Our entire group was humbled and thankful for this kind gesture. Do the math. Fourteen people for lunch is a nice size bill.

Later, to our surprise, the manager comes back to our table and hands out gift cards for our next lunch. Again, she said "someone else paid for the gift cards and wanted to say thanks for our service." In both cases, we pressed her to identify the nice folks recognizing us, but were told they wanted to remain anonymous.

As a military member, I am proud to serve my country and am willing to make many sacrifices. Like others in uniform. I do not seek recognition, but when I do, the moment is both humbling and special. On behalf of the men and women in uniform, I thank those who take the time to say thanks to those of us who are serving our great country.

Col. Henry Pandes, USAF

Voice missed a hearing on Cuesta flood basin

I waited for at least two weeks to make sure my letter wouldn't be premature, but in neither this week's paper, nor last week's paper did you mention the Nov. 29 Cuesta Annex detention basin design workshop held at City Hall by the Santa Clara Valley water district. Why is that?

The Voice did report on the Nov. 18 McKelvey Park detention basin workshop, and even wrote an editorial championing the local neighborhood for collecting nearly 200 signatures supporting a larger neighborhood park.

At the Cuesta Annex detention basin meeting, a 400-signature petition opposing the Cuesta Annex detention basin was presented to the water district and you said absolutely nothing.

Also, the much-loved Grant Farm property that for 30 years brought joy to thousands of children who enjoyed its toy train, farm animals and it supplying their families' pumpkins and Christmas trees, disappeared forever this October under the bulldozer treads of Summerhill Homes construction, and your staff remained silent.

The Rengstorff House hosted two art shows this year including the August Arts Festival (an annual event for over a decade), but they were not listed; rather, Palo Alto art exhibits received more of your attention.

Since I know the editor is new to Mountain View, and your newspaper office is now located in Palo Alto, you should review the Mountain View articles written by the veteran staff of the Los Altos Town Crier, so that you don't overlook important local news.

Robert Schick

Los Altos Hills

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