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The proposal for “tiny homes” for the homeless seems to be mainly inspired by its own novelty.  But the devil as usual is in the details. Who will be allowed to live in these homes?  For how long?  What services will be offered, and who will pay for them?  What happens if piles of junk start to appear?

We should examine results at comparable projects in order to evaluate the prospects for success of a tiny homes colony.  A Scott Herhold column pointed out that Donner Lofts, a low-income housing project downtown, has required police presence an average of three times per week.  How will the “tiny homes” colonies deal with similar problems?

Why not replicate Donner Lofts but with improvements?  “Motel-style” housing, in which each tenant has a separate exterior entrance but the structure is more conventional, should be less disruptive to host neighborhoods.

Allen Carroll
San Jose

The whole country watching the solar eclipse was a gentle yet immense reminder that, ultimately, we are all one — one humanity, one existence together.

We need to focus more on what brings us together, rather than on what drives us apart. And to remember these words of President John F. Kennedy. “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future.”

Ron Lowe
Santa Cruz

Don’t destroy, remove monuments, statues

Instead of destroying or removing monuments and statues, how about adding a plaque to them when there is a need to explain the bad as well as the good sides.

It’s sort of like renaming schools because they were named after someone we now know was not perfect

Gayle Moore
Santa Clara

 

Stop waste valuable time on ancient statues

Why is the San Jose City Council wasting our time and taxes on removing a granite object resembling a historical figure who’s been dead for hundreds of years? It’s just a piece of granite that didn’t hurt anyone.

Why are any of our government leaders wasting time and money on this trivial issue when a fourth of our nation has been hit by hurricanes and our crumbling roads and bridges fill with potholes?

Christopher Columbus and Robert E. Lee inhabit history centuries old. Any harm they did has vanished in the dust. A statue has a right to be there just as much as people who don’t like it have to ignore it.

William Graham
Salinas

Youth need to know horrors of Sept. 11

I was born three years after the Pearl Harbor attack.  So I have no actual memory of the devastation brought upon America by the Japanese military.  However, I understand the initial and long-term impact that Wworld War II had on all of America through the recognition of Dec. 7 every year of my adult life.

Today we have millions of young people who have no actual memory of the devastation brought to America by 19 Islamic terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001.  What we can do is teach them each year, by honoring those who died on that date, the horror that has plagued America since and will continue as long as these extremists are allowed to continue.

Dave Zittlow
San Jose

Giving money is best way to help storm victims

 

Given the recent natural disasters in Texas and Florida, the desire to contribute to disaster relief has become increasing important to a lot of people.  Donating may be counter intuitive because donated clothing and materials tend to use up needed space, and the relief organizations are overloaded with donations without the capacity to manage them.

The article highlighting Milpitas High’s collection for hurricane relief  is a good example to advocate the importance of focusing efforts more on monetary donations, rather than collecting school supplies. Studies have shown time and time again, and the Center for International Disaster Information consistently emphasizes, that monetary contributions to established relief agencies are always the best way to help.

I hope that The Mercury News considers writing more about the importance of monetary donations, especially during times like these.

Alyssa Perez
Milpitas 

Mount Um flag pole negligently desecrated

This weekend, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District opens up Mount Umunhum to the public after purchasing it in 1986. Visitors will enjoy a meticulously detailed park and mountain top attraction; except for one item. The Almaden Air Force Station U.S. military flag pole has stood on the site for 60 years and was to be retained as part of the park when opened.

However, its been negligently desecrated in many ways. In 2010, it was inadvertently removed from its mount and dropped and bent due to mishandling. Recently, it was removed again to be repainted, but the district painted it dark gray instead of white. The gold ball on the top of the pole went missing during the time it was down for repair. The District doesn’t know its whereabouts. The dark gray, bent pole was re-mounted sans the top ball. You don’t even need to be a veteran to be upset by this negligence.

Basim Jaber
Almaden Air Force Station historian
San Jose

Celebrate amazing Cassini spacecraft

With science and government so often under attack today, I would like to urge a deep appreciation and a farewell salute to the amazing 20-years-in-space NASA Cassini spacecraft which has, and will,  teach us immeasurably about Saturn, and by extension, planetary life.  As we must face it’s demise we should also notice the enormous accomplishments we have and still can  achieve,  if we maintain the values of respect for science and for our own capacity, thru a healthy collaborative government,  to build, innovate and lead the world.

Debra Doucette
Sunnyvale



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