You might know that Moffett Liquors, a shop at the corner of Central Avenue and Moffett Boulevard, recently closed. Please, please, please don't replace it with another liquor store. This neighborhood already has more than its share of lowbrow establishments.
I hope that the next owner takes its cue from businesses that cater more to the community. In our area, El Mercado market and Taqueria Tres Hermanos are useful, thriving places. How about something like an outpost of the Milk Pail or a mini Whole Foods?
Moffett Liquors was a blight on the community. Please let's have something new that benefits the majority of our area.
No democracy without a free press
Thanks for publishing the three-part story by Sam Chapman about the distressing situation and outlook for the newspaper industry. As newspapers are consolidated, downsized, and driven by profit-above-all motives, our democracy will be undermined and the unthinkable will become probable: The citizens will lose control and those with wealth and power will take control.
Expecting true democracy when a free press is absent is like expecting your home to stand as you sell off the pillars of its foundation, one by one. It doesn't fall right away, but it will fall and that's where we are headed now. Newspapers are businesses, but they should not be managed in the same way as other businesses. I was appalled that the Mercury News was forced to sell because stockholders found its 10 to 20 percent profit margins inadequate — performance that many businesses would envy.
These newspapers are not just businesses and need to be handled by different rules. Freedom of the press is not a commodity. What's next? Privatizing the court system? We need to protect and cherish our newspapers (print and online) and find a better balance between journalism and the bottom line.
Finally, Alexa Tondreau's companion article about the decline in coverage by big dailies for local school and arts coverage ("Educators bemoan declining coverage," Jan. 11) was also important and complemented Chapman's piece very well.
Proper postage for absentee ballots
Please note that the absentee ballot requires 58 cents postage. The Santa Clara County absentee ballot is too heavy for a first class stamp. Don't waste your vote with insufficient postage!
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