I will be the first to say I appreciate our close-knit community, superb schools and parks, family values and the occasional novelties of living in Alamo. But when I read last week's article about "Alamo Boulevard," Iwasn't sure whether to laugh or cry.
What an irresponsible agenda item being deliberated when today, our local government, even at micro levels, should be discussing real issues like the condition of our environment, traffic, etc. Shame on us for even thinking "Alamo Boulevard" should be on anyone's radar screen.
Diane Stevenson, Alamo
Piepho suggested name change
Thank you for Natalie O'Neill's continuing excellent coverage of Alamo issues. About the County-suggested re-naming of Danville Boulevard to Alamo Boulevard (in Alamo), however, I remember the discussion at the October Alamo Community Council meeting a little differently than her report. I don't recall that Supervisor Piepho's staff said that Alamo residents had asked the County to look into the possibility of a name change, but rather that the Supervisor was offering the idea to Alamo. (Editor's Note: The supervisor's representative said after the meeting that residents had asked county staff about the name change.)
While I appreciate Supervisor Piepho's offer as a gesture of recognition of Alamo interests, I don't think a name change is a good idea, nor did the other Alamo attendees at the ACC meeting. The idea came as a big surprise to us, given that a change would require all Danville Boulevard addressees - business and residential property owners - to foot the costs of updating their addresses (consider the advertising costs for business owners!). And, if locals were to request the change, costs of all new street signs ($200 to $800 each) would have to be borne by Alamo donations.
Danville Boulevard through Alamo has a proud heritage of interest and preservation by both Alamo and Danville property owners. Surely that heritage is best honored by the continued use of Danville Boulevard's given name.
Smitty Schmidt, Alamo
Vet center could teach about war
Regarding plans for a new veterans' center to replace the old Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Danville:
Services to veterans of war are appropriate, but celebrating war is not. To create a veterans' center to provide services is important, but it is also important that such a center be a center for peace and education about war.
Veterans, in their service, performed to keep themselves and their comrades alive. All veterans know that there is no other cause in war. Any veterans' center should have the primary educational function of teaching the waste of war to all our citizens, especially our young people.
It is time to learn: "WAR, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing!"
Hal Bailey, Alamo, 66th Engineers, 18th Engineering Brigade, Vietnam, 1967
Litter worse in Danville
I have lived in, or been near Danville since 1960. The litter has gotten worse, especially the last couple of years. The two Starbucks and San Ramon Valley High School are very bad. I don't understand people who think the city is their personal trash can because they can't seem to find a trash can.
The worst offenders are cigarette smokers, who lack the discipline to quit the lousy habit and then throw the cigarette anywhere but an ashtray or similar receptacle.
Hopefully some more people will get involved with keeping the city clean, before it becomes Oakland or Richmond.
Tim Robertson, Danville