I read in last week's Palo Alto Weekly that there was a delay for the stop lights being put into place at the corner of Ventura and El Camino Real in south Palo Alto.
I took my grandchildren over to Baskin Robbins Ice Cream store after dinner Wednesday night and on the way back, while on Oregon Expressway, we were passed by a Palo Alto Police car with its lights and siren on.
We turned onto El Camino and proceeded south. Coming up on the very corner of El Camino and Ventura, there, under a blanket, near the crosswalk, was a body of a woman. She was being attended to by emergency personnel from the fire department.
My eyes gazed a little further and I saw an empty stroller. My heart sank. I then noticed a person holding an infant. He took the infant over to the emergency vehicle and the paramedics placed the infant onto a stretcher. The police were directing traffic down Ventura as a detour while also tending to the injured body being placed into a ambulance.
Well-done job by the Palo Alto Fire Department and the police. They really have been having their share of emergencies these last few weeks. But that is more than what I can say about how Caltrans is snubbing the south side of our town.
How many more accidents can we endure here?
Terman Drive, Palo Alto
Cheers and jeers for council
I want to congratulate the Palo Alto City Council for tabling the sit/lie ordinance, the redundant, unconstitutional, absurd ordinance that would again had given a bad name to Palo Alto all round the country (as did the first one ). I am writing through the newspapers so that my fellow Palo Altans have a chance to join in the praise.
Since we are on an ecological topic, I want to urge the City Council to ban all plastic balloons from any public functions. I was horrified when I found that the inauguration opening of the municipal elections campaign was celebrated with balloons!
Where were my fellow Palo Altans when pictures of birds choking on plastic balloons were published everywhere, again and again?
Emerson Street, Palo Alto
Blum's false charges
Columnist Jeff Blum referred in the July 11 issue of the Weekly to "charges that the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center promoted anti-Semitic believers and beliefs." Since he cited no evidence of such an accusation, his assertion that the problem is serious enough to merit discussion by the Human Relations Council is irresponsible. It is all the more so because according to the attribution at the end of his column, Blum is an official of the City of Palo Alto.
As a long-time member of PPJC I can attest to the fact that anti-Semitism, along with all racial and ethnic prejudice, is antithetical to everything the organization stands for.
It is true that PPJC has sponsored many speakers and films that are critical of Israel's continued occupation -- a recent speaker on this subject was a conservative Israeli rabbi. The target of criticism in every case has been Israeli government policy, however, not the Jewish people. Our own government is an even greater target of PPJC speakers.
The reason Mr. Blum's statement was so disturbing is that conflating criticism of Israeli government policy with anti-Semitism is a method of silencing that criticism.
I am sure this was not what he had in mind but I am sorry he saw fit to give credibility to charges that have no basis in truth.
Alvarado Road, Stanford
The concept of the United States as a kind and gentle nation has been punctured time and again. This time the puncture wounds are raw, bloody and hard to heal.
Dog fights are a projection of man's inhumanity to all lives. In this case, man's "best friend" has no choice but to try to stay alive by inflicting hideous injuries on another dog.
The media pictures and stories of these fights, of the agony during the deaths of the animals, shove into our minds the ever-fresh projections of torture and killings in the present wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those are wounds which carry their blood and pain into our national psyche. How can we heal?
Portola Road, Portola Valley