Letters to the Editor: Week of Aug. 1

New school location is a ‘weird idea’

I’ve read that preliminaries have been approved to put a school in the Kohl’s department store area. What a phenomenal idea! A schoolyard right next to Walmart! Kids can go shopping during recess! Not to worry about traffic, congestion and other distractions!

Now who in their right mind figured that the location of a school could fit in with a major shopping center, a busy movie theater, bustling office buildings, multistory apartments – not to mention an adjacent, monster structure building right across the street (Miller Avenue/San Antonio Road corner) and four corners of busy businesses of all kinds, in all directions?

Other Voices: Blame it on Velcro

On Sept. 28, 1919, the New York Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 in a game that lasted 51 minutes – a record for a nine-inning game that has stood the test of time for 99 years.

Baseball’s longest single inning tick-tocked at 1 hour, 8 minutes on May 8, 2004, between the Tigers and Rangers, 17 minutes longer than baseball’s shortest nine-inning game.

The Villaj Idiut: Rocket man

I’m not really the type of person to get all freaked out about medical procedures. To me, they are what they are and you just keep moving.

But for years, I had been terrified by the prospect of my first prostate exam. It was as if every trip to the doctor throughout my 40s was a stressful countdown to that inexorable moment when my physician would strap on a glove and give me the look.

A Piece of My Mind: The perils of privacy

Facebook has allowed massive distribution of the personal data of its users! Hackers have stolen personal information about customers from retailers and banks! Privacy is under threat!

New European regulations will stifle the growth of social media companies! Regulation will stifle entrepreneurial development of new digital consumer products! Free enterprise is under threat!

No Shoes, Please: Mindfulness

Sometimes I wish I could dump the contents of my mind onto a coffee table and rifle through the detritus like I’m scavenging for the prettiest seashells among the shards. I’d collect the best ideas and aspirations, reinsert them in my head, scrap the rest and let the empty space sit as a beautiful expanse that attracts creativity and awe.

Unfortunately, I can’t actually do anything close to that; therefore, thoughts of tasks I need to get to, random observations, insignificant memories and jingles from television commercials of my youth meander around my brain like lost tourists. (“My bologna has a first name, it’s O-S-C-A-R. My bologna has a second name, it’s M-A-Y-E-R. Oh I love to eat it every day, and if you ask me why I’ll say, ‘’Cuz Oscar Mayer has a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A.’”)

Letters to the Editor: Week of July 25

‘Cradle of Liberty’ inspires ‘citizen-soldier’

I was thrilled that Bruce Barton’s excellent story “‘Cradle of Liberty’ inspires gratitude, call to action” (July 11) was featured on the front page of the Town Crier. My husband and I attended the July 4 ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the “Cradle of Liberty” statue’s installation in Shoup Park, and Barton’s article beautifully captured the spirit of that special event.

While all the speakers were moving (Judge Socrates “Pete” Manoukian’s story brought me to tears), sculptor Rebecca Truman’s speech was so powerful that I left the event feeling inspired to work harder to become, as she put it, a “citizen soldier.”

Letters to the Editor: Week of July 18

Why can’t MV open city lots to homeless?

In response to the Town Crier article “Lots of Love drives MV’s efforts to curb homelessness” (July 4):

The Lots of Love program claims, “All applicants will be screened to determine whether they are a fit for the program.”

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