Danville Express

Perspective - April 6, 2007

Letters to the editor

Fence is a beauty

Dear Editor:

I want to congratulate Home Depot, the Alamo Improvement Association, Contra Costa County planning staff, and interested Alamo residents for working together to create the long fence that borders the Iron Horse Trail behind the remodeled Yardbirds/Home Depot store in Alamo.

I am one of thousands of users of the trail who regularly enjoy its many different near and far views. Thank you, all, for making a fence which is necessarily tall also beautiful!

Grace Schmidt, Alamo

Let's ask what Alamo wants

Dear Editor:

Alamo has a very different view of parks and recreation from those created by the R-7A county agency, District 3 and public works. If we were to believe R-7A, as no more than four to five people of Contra Costa County Public Works Special Districts, the six to seven people of District 3 and the five to six members of the R-7A county agency committee, Alamo wants more formal parks, recreational classes and facilities, and fully landscaped hiking and equestrian trails.

Quite interestingly, none of those are really what Alamo neighborhoods and their residents really want. In several polls of more than 4,000 Alamo residents, Alamo asked for natural open space and trails, outdoor health and fitness activities, and teen and children sports and recreation programs at schools serving our community. Alamo didn't ask for YMCA commercial facilities, formal parks within neighborhoods, pocket parks along the Iron Horse Trail or, for that matter, horse manure in Hap Magee Park.

In the past, R-7A had some successes. Far eastern Alamo access to the Monte Vista pool is a great example that can be duplicated for the majority of Alamo at the other Danville high school easily accessible by private and public transportation. Alamo would have such a major presence at the Danville Aquatic Center, it is rumored that it will be called the Alamo Region Aquatic Center.

Let's applaud Ms. Valerie Matlock's success as the Alamo Region recreation programmer and, this time, ask Alamo neighborhoods' majority of residents just what parks and recreation they actually want.

Too shocking an idea?

Hal Bailey, Alamo

Beware of popcorn

Dear Editor:

We are middle school students at the Athenian Middle School in Danville. Recently we have done a research project on the butter flavoring on popcorn and we discovered that a chemical in the flavoring is very bad for your bodies. If you could aid us in getting the word out, it would be great.

Diacetyl, the bad chemical in butter flavorings on popcorn, is very dangerous for you when it is heated and becomes a vapor. It can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, or intermittent attacks of wheezing. Although none of this even compares to the disease you can acquire, called bronchiolitus obliterans. Some workers who have developed bronchiolitus obliterans have even needed lung transplants. As far as research shows us, the flavoring doesn't affect the consumer, but researchers at the FDA and the EPA are still conducting experiments.

It would be great if you could help us by informing people of this. Not many know these facts or would ever guess that popcorn could be bad for you, but it is important. Also, you could inform the people of a precaution they can take. All the consumer has to do is let the bag air out a little before they open it; this way the toxins dilute in the air before you can inhale it.

Jack Bodine, Paden Tomasello, Josh Latner


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