Letters to the Editor - Week of Jan. 9

City streets don’t need additional night lights

In a letter to the editor, a citizen injured in a fall while walking at night blames the city’s poor street lighting (“Poor lighting poses public-safety danger,” Dec. 19).

Excuse me? Darkness at night comes with living on Earth.

Outdoor lighting has long been popular, understandably, in commercial areas. But please don’t add even more lights to residential neighborhoods. Children should be able to see the stars without leaving town. Our dark sky is a major part of the “village feel,” which my wife and I have enjoyed here since 1990.

If the streets were more brightly illuminated at night, I bet more pedestrians would leave their flashlights at home, and then more would be hit by cars. Good question for the city’s insurance provider.

Next step: Install sidewalks in all neighborhoods, to make carefree walking even safer. Even in the daytime. Just kidding.

Richard Feldman

Los Altos

LA mayor exaggerates on housing situation

In response to Lynette Lee Eng’s numerous elitist gross exaggerations, we and our neighbors may have had somewhat above the incomes of families she wants to keep out of Los Altos (“New Los Altos mayor faces heat from state senator for housing bill comments,” Dec. 19).

We managed to buy a house 12 miles south of my job location in 1967 but were prepared to try to buy a house in Cupertino for our family of four.

Donald Plouff

Los Altos

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