Letters to the editorTear down the Vets Hall
Once again I feel compelled to offer a rebuttal to your story about the "New Option for Vets Hall" as published in last week's issue of the Danville Weekly.
I totally disagree about there being a concurrence of opinion or acceptance of the version saving the front of the building. Obviously some of the people felt it had "historical value," but the "historical value" of the veterans buildings in both Lafayette and Walnut Creek DID NOT prevent them from being torn down - and it should not either here in Danville!
If upwards of $7 million or $8 million is going to be spent on the upgrading of the building, it should be done in a manner that will give it the utmost in utility and not need enlarging or replacing for use by succeeding generations in the coming decades - after all, it was built in 1925 and has outlived its current usefulness.
Robert D. Myhre, WWII and Korean veteran
Yes on C for real estate values
Thank you for your recent perspective on Measure C. Renewing funding for our local schools is critical to our community.
Local Realtors will confirm that high quality schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District are one of the major selling points that differentiate Danville real estate from other homes in places like Pleasant Hill, Concord or Dublin. Indeed, my husband and I bought our home seven years ago when I was pregnant with our first child. We made what we thought was a difficult decision: purchase a beautiful, brand new, upgraded home in Dublin Ranch or buy a much smaller, older, "fixer upper" in Danville. We rationalized that if we bought the Dublin home we could make a short 10-minute drive to Danville and still enjoy the downtown, the parks, the restaurants. In the end we chose the Danville home. Why? The schools.
This tired story can be shared by many Danville families. Measure C will not only ensure our children's academic future but it will protect our real estate investments. Anyone in the Bay Area can come to Danville and enjoy the beauty and services around our lovely town but living at a Danville address is what entitles our children to the quality of schools we have become so proud of. I hope that members of the community will join me in voting Yes on Measure C.
Christina Bode, Danville
State loses on teacher pink slips
Hi there! I am very concerned about my teachers getting pink slips, so I ask you, why do they do that? I mean, if we lose the teachers, then there will be more children in a class. That means that many of the children that need special attention don't get it, so they don't get the proper education that they need. That means that their parents are more likely to take them out of school because they can't keep up. If they take them out of school, the taxes that they have to pay to get into school in the first place won't be going to the state! So really, the state is losing money by giving out pink slips to teachers! I don't know, that is just my opinion. Thanks.
Emily Robles, fourth-grader, Danville