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April 02, 2004

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Publication Date: Friday, April 02, 2004

Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor (April 02, 2004)

Disagreement over facts in Sahara Village letter


In a letter published last week about my dispute with Betty Galin at Sahara Mobile Village, Iris Lubitz makes statements that I believe are false.

For example, her letter in defense of her close friend Betty Galin states that we have a restraining order that prohibits Ms. Galin from coming closer than 50 feet of my residence which is unfair, since Betty Galin lives directly across the street from me. This is completely false. We have a restraining order of 150 feet.

Ms. Lubitz should be aware that Betty Galin lives on Hanford Avenue and know that I live in another area of the park, on Davie Way, which is on a cul-de-sac. Her letter goes on to say that the park encourages and supports me (Al Stuetzle) to try to get Galin to move. Could this be the result of problems with other residents?

Perhaps a letter to the editor also appearing on March 26 and written by Sandy Sandlin, another close friend of Betty Galin, provides the answer.

In her letter, Sandy Sandlin states that Betty Galin has been served with arrest warrants a number of times and has no idea why she was being arrested and has no idea why she was accused. Ms. Sandlin, in her letter, then asks readers to "Think about it and wonder what you would do."

Well, Ms. Sandlin, I don't have to think about it. I would simply ask the police officer why I was being arrested, plus, I could read the police report which details the crime I am accused of. I find it very hard to believe that anyone being arrested would not ask why.

In closing, I would like to shine a light on the hundreds, and there are hundreds, of wonderful, law-abiding residents who are not constantly complaining and who reside happily in Sahara Village. Let us turn the light off on the very few malcontents and enjoy Sahara Village living.

Al Stuetzle
E. El Camino Real

Towering Hangar One should be preserved


A towering landmark, visible from places far and wide, and unquestionably Mountain View, is Moffett Field's Hangar One. How sad to have read that it is endangered. Has Mountain View not already lost too much of its historic past, treasures and charm?

In my opinion, far too much is already lost, and gone forever. There is a need to protect and preserve what little there is left, for the enjoyment of future generations. A link is needed between yesteryear and today.

My feeling is that no matter who in any way, shape or form contributed to ground contamination problems at Hangar One should be held accountable, and responsible for the cleanup. Hangar One should not be neglected. Necessary care, maintenance and repairs should continue to prevent further deterioration of the structure.

Hopefully our local elected officials will go to any length possible to protect and save our precious landmark from demolition, and preserve its history for generations to come.

Frances Trimmer
S. Rengstorff Avenue

Effort grows to save Hangar One


Thank you for the article about Hangar One. When I heard that they where going to tear it down last year, I just couldn't believe it.

I was recently visited by my family in Florida. My stepfather lived in San Jose during the 1950s. When I said so many people now live in the Bay Area, he asked about the orchards. I told him that they where all gone now, for the most part. You should have seen this man's face ... as he shook his head and looked down at the ground.

He also asked about Hangar One, which I told him is still there. But when I came back to San Jose months later and a co-worker told me there were plans to tear down the hangar, I had to call my stepfather ... "Yes, they are tearing it down, Dad," I said. Weeks followed, I snapped some pictures of the hangar and sent them to him. I told him I guess we better get them while it lasts.

I am a security guard at Nokia across Highway 101 from Hangar One. Each night I work, I see the hangar in the dark with its flashing dome light. When the sun rises over the mountains, I'm there at the window looking at the hangar. It's just something about seeing such a large structure built long ago.

It would be really sad to see such a landmark, such a historic place, be threatened with demolition.

Jeff Horton
San Jose

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