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Letters to the Editor

World War II WASPs deserve recognition

I was delighted to see the article on Women Airforce Service Pilots, “A tale of two sisters,” in the Nov. 6 Town Crier.

My aunt Dorothy Kielty was a WASP during the war and used to regale us with stories of ferrying pilots – and sometimes generals who were not always happy to have a woman in the cockpit! – and other responsibilities these amazing women had during World War II.

After the war, she golfed for the U.S. on the Curtis Cup team and then went to live in Italy, where she took up horse show jumping at 50-plus years of age.

She also fought the same fight for recognition and benefits the story recounts.

We should be proud of their service and glad that it has finally been recognized.

Tracy Koon

Los Altos

Los Altos ‘road diet’ could have unintended consequences

The Town Crier’s recent “Editor’s Notebook” column on “complete streets” quoted urban planner Darby Watson, who applied a “road diet” to a Seattle street, converting a four-lane road to two lanes (“Forum features ideas for ‘complete streets,’” Oct. 9).

Before Los Altos jumps on the road-diet bandwagon, I hope the city council and city planners will look to neighboring Palo Alto to see the damage done to the Barron Park/Green Acres neighborhood when Arastradero Road was put on a diet.

From the July 7, 2012, Palo Alto Weekly: “… traffic volume rose in three areas within the Barron Park neighborhood: … The traffic count at Maybell and Pena rose significantly from 2,700 vehicles to 3,348 daily since the trial changes, according to the study. … Chief Transportation Official Jaime Rodriguez admitted a speed survey had not been done along the cut-through routes.”

That’s a 24 percent increase on just one of the neighborhood streets that frustrated drivers – and bicyclists – are using to avoid congestion on Arastradero.

Note that Maybell is a city-designated “Safe Route to Schools.” To see what the road diet did to this quiet street, check out the videos at tinyurl.com/kg8o7t8 and tinyurl.com/lobjh2z.

Road diets have unintended consequences.

Constricting a main artery forces cars through residential streets.

Like water, traffic will flow around barriers to find the path of least resistance, and it might be your neighborhood.

Pat Marriott

Los Altos

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