Publication Date: Friday May 24, 1996


On the Family Resource Center: Publication Date: Friday May 24, 1996

On the Family Resource Center:

Hole in the head

Palo Alto needs a Family Resource Center like I need a hole in the head, which is exactly what I'll get riding my bike on the streets of Palo Alto. There are huge cracks and chuck-holes on Cowper Street just north of Oregon Expressway that are so dangerous one must be extremely careful to avoid them or take a bad spill. I strongly recommend that the city of Palo Alto repave our streets--thus making them safer for bicyclists--before they consider spending money on a Family Resource Center. With all the fine libraries available to us, as well as other organizations offering various services, a Family Resource Center should be one of the last things to be considered. Terri Keplinger Cowper Street, Palo Alto On hotel space: Publication Date: Friday May 24, 1996

On hotel space:

Swap locations

I heard a brilliant idea recently proposed that we build a hotel across from the Stanford Shopping Center in the large park there where the baseball diamond is. It would give easy access for hotel guests to downtown and Stanford Shopping Center. We could move the baseball diamond and park to the Page Mill-El Camino intersection. That baseball diamond is used mostly by residents of Menlo Park and Redwood City who have ball teams--not so much by Palo Alto residents--and they would have easy access to the diamond by Oregon Expressway. Susan Walker Sheridan Avenue, Palo Alto (by voice mail) On the Arastra House: Publication Date: Friday May 24, 1996

On the Arastra House:

Know a bribe

The Palo Alto City Council has set an ominous precedent with its decision on the Arastra House. For years, I've walked past the Arastra House about twice a month. I've also hosteled throughout Scandinavia. Arastra House and hosteling are a perfect combination to pry youngsters away from video screens for a day or two in a bucolic setting. No one would suffer from their presence! The Council may feel that voters misunderstood its motivation, but I'm from Boston and I know a bribe when I see it. Don Kobrin Greer Road, Palo Alto On other topics: Publication Date: Friday May 24, 1996

On other topics:

Arbitration advantages

In suggesting that home buyers not agree to arbitration clauses in their purchase contracts, columnist Robert Bruss (Weekly, May 10) fails to mention the two most significant advantages of arbitration over going to the courthouse. First, parties to arbitration have more control over their own fate than in a lawsuit, because they have the right to participate in the selection of their decisionmaker instead of being stuck with whatever judge is assigned to them. Second, at least when the arbitration is administered by a neutral nonprofit organization like the American Arbitration Association, parties will be able to choose from a list of prospective arbitrators who are knowledgeable about the subject matter of their dispute--in this instance, home buying and selling issues--and, therefore, able to make the fairest possible decision in any dispute that may arise. James R. Madison Holly Avenue, Menlo Park

Helpful postal workers

I wish to publicly thank the two Menlo Park postal carriers, Judith and Phil, and supervisor, Sharon Gray, for their diligent help the other day in retrieving an envelope in which I accidentally mailed my one and only copy of a favorite poem. As the poem was enclosed in an envelope that was being sent to a national organization, it would have been next to impossible to retrieve once it had reached its destination. Therefore, I owe a great deal of thanks to the three people mentioned above! Marie T. Bellas Menlo Avenue, Menlo Park

Prop. 13 threatened

Citizens beware! The California state Legislature is planning to subvert the will of the people by gutting Proposition 13. A 23-member Constitutional Revision Commission, appointed by Gov. Wilson, proposes to undo much of the property tax safeguards guaranteed by Prop. 13. Only longtime residents of California will recall the horrors perpetrated by tax assessors in the "pre-Prop. 13" era. These bureaucrats used to swoop down on unsuspecting residents and reassess their properties in the most arbitrary fashion. Many senior citizens, on fixed incomes, were literally driven from their homes after the reassessment. Revenue enhancement is the siren song of all governments. These "patients" need to be placed under a constant diet to maintain some degree of efficiency. Anybody that has worked in government knows that maintaining or enhancing budgets ensures long-term employment. Profits are the lifeblood of private companies. Taxes are the lifeblood of governments. Citizens be vigilant! Jagjit Singh Louisa Court, Palo Alto 

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