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Letters to the Editor
Cell Phone Antennas 'R' Us
In her letter to the Voice last month, Niki Kirz, quite innocently, put her finger on one of the sorest points in the great antenna controversy ["Residents Move to Block Pac Bell Antennas," October 1997].
"We are parents and users of Pac Bell Mobile Services," she wrote. "...[W]e are not opposed to technology and use it in our daily lives."
But as to the antenna from which these conveniences flow, she continued, "As long as we are not 100 percent certain what, if any, potential risks there are to children, let's put it somewhere else."
Am I the only one who sees the irony?
I also note with some interest that of the five existing antenna sites determined by the Voice to be closest to Noe Valley, four are in the Mission.
Noe Valley resident
Voulez-Vous Le Video on 24th Street?
In response to Mazook's question in last month's Rumors: What I would loooove to see in the building in the spot formerly occupied by the Second Spanish Church on 24th Street is a very high quality and large video store, à la Le Video on Ninth Avenue in the Inner Sunset or Superstar Video on 17th Street. Noe Valley seems to be underserved in the video category, in my opinion.
I can't think of anything else we need.
Can't We All Just Get Along?
I have read all the letters to the editor on the issue of dogs at Noe Courts. It seems to me that the parents who started this debate should take it upon themselves to work with the dog owners to find a compromise. I certainly do not like having these ill feelings in my neighborhood and, as a frequent user of the park, would like to see us all using it happily.
To the parents who are the instigators of this nonsense, please just make a simple phone call to the dog owners. Work our a solution. They seem willing to compromise. Why can't you?
Let's put a stop to this nonsense and get back to being a happy community.
Name withheld by request
Objection to Truck Caption
In response to the photo and caption on page 2 of the October 1997 issue, to wit: "It's Not Natural to Double-Park: A huge delivery truck crowds out the cars -- and the jaywalkers -- that usually scoot between Bell Market and Real Food Company on 24th Street."
It is unclear to us exactly what is the message in the photo and caption. Our immediate thought was that the cars are blocking the loading zone, so that the truck has no option but to double-park. Obviously, we live and work in a congested urban area where many are addicted to the automobile. And it is inconvenient and annoying that many do not obey the loading zone and double-parking laws. But what is the point of innuendoes and unclear remarks toward a business that has been a supporter of the paper, as well as the neighborhood, for over 25 years?
We too have been inconvenienced by the construction on our block, but we continue to work with the situation.
Real Food Company
3939 24th St.
Editor's Reply: We were trying to make a casual pun on the "Nature's Best" sign on the truck blocking the street. But clearly we failed. Please accept our apologies.
Make a Beeline for Online B&Bs
I haven't read it yet [the current issue on your Web page], but I'm so glad you had the back issues up so I could get the article about Noe Valley bed-and-breakfast places [in the June 1997 issue]. What a great thing!
My entire family is coming to visit, and I need a place for them to stay!