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Opinion - March 28, 2014

Letters to the editor

Gun rights bullies

I was disappointed in Don Letcher's criticism of Sally Lieber's anti gun rally.

As far as I know, Sally Lieber is a good, even an excellent politician, but even if she weren't, in the matter of the ordinary citizen's right to walk down the street in safety, where the voice of thousands is drowned out by the amplification of thousands of corporate dollars, asserting the right to carry guns in the public street and funneling millions in campaign contributions to enforce their cult.

Don, of all people, should be on the side of the people being bullied.

Self-driving cars may be the answer

Our future is not with tall, high density buildings. The future is with self-driving cars. With self-driving cars, traffic capacity will increase exponentially without building additional lanes or roadways.

Research indicates that platooning of vehicles could increase highway lane capacity by up to 500 percent. It may even be possible to convert existing vehicle infrastructure to bicycle or pedestrian uses. Autonomous transportation infrastructure could bring an end to the congested streets and extra-wide highways of large urban areas.

Self-driving cars wouldn't necessarily need local parking as they could drive themselves home or to remote lots. Driverless cars will allow people to live farther from their offices and that the car could become an extension of home. You could sleep in your driver-less car. Time spent in your car will essentially be very different.

There was not one good Samaritan

I am a 65-year-old woman. I was walking my dog on the sidewalk on Whisman Avenue bordering on the Slater School playground.

Suddenly, I experienced a significant fall from a lifted part of the sidewalk. Compounding my fall, I fell forward onto an elevated water meter cover adjacent to the sidewalk. I lay there dazed for a few minutes. Slowly rising after an additional two or three minutes, I discovered that I was bloodied and covered with severe scratches and bruises.

As my fall occurred during the rush-hour commute, a minimum of 20-30 motorists had driven by. Among all these people, not one person stopped to inquire if I required assistance, or offered to contact 911.

Was this a sampling of today's society? What commentary can be said regarding our culture?

However, perhaps all is not lost. Kudos need to go to a caring employee of the city, who indirectly learned of my mishap. Without an official request, he initiated repair at the site of my fall along with several other dangerous locations.

Grandmother squeezed out by development

I am a grandmother and a self-employed servant of the community. As rents escalate I have had to raise the cost of my services in order to stay in close proximity to my son and grandchildren. They mean a lot to me.

"It takes a village," (and I'm not talking about the rabbit warren Carmel Village), no matter the level of affluence, to benefit the health and well-being of our future generation.

As I see it, the escalation of the cost of living here adds more stress, not necessarily happiness. Mountain View attracts developers who pant with bluster to build taller structures. They come like smiling snake oil "gentrification-ators" telling us we need them.

They would have us believe might makes right, as they under-handedly squash our Milk Pail. This bullying makes me mad. There is nothing at San Antonio Village I can't find somewhere else and I will not spend my dollars there.

Our voices, opinions and petitions seem to fall on deaf ears. I am hoping our next election will bring more ears that hear and eyes that see.

Tere Biggerstaff

Gina Rene Kaitlen Gladys Avenue


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