Letters for the Week of August 31 

Readers sound off on gay seniors, Proposition 13, and Bawdy Storytelling.

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Cody Stroman, Concord

"The Blair Park Project," News, 6/22

They Don't Need a Field

My family has lived in Piedmont for more than fifty years now. My siblings and I are all graduates of Piedmont High School. I find it repugnant and horribly distasteful how some residents choose to show their egos and spread out million-dollar private displays of money for the "children."

While growing up in Piedmont in the Sixties, we all participated in — and excelled at — sports. Although soccer was not included, we were active in football, baseball, track, tennis, and swimming. All of us kids went on to college and have many different levels of accomplishments.

Don't develop that strip of land. If anything, just clean it up and enjoy the peaceful scenery. The "children" will be just fine, even if they have to leave the city limits to practice. We even walked to school back in the day and probably got more exercise than playing part of a soccer game; no computers and lounging around watching movies all day. We were street-smart kids and made it just fine. We didn't need any stinking soccer field.

Michael White, Paso Robles, California

Miscellaneous Letters

A Labor-Day Reminder

While the Express often covers the many contributions made by our community's working men and women, I hope that on this Labor Day we can all highlight the efforts of a particular group that sometimes goes unnoticed — the construction industry's merit shop craft professionals.

Merit shop craft professionals are highly trained and highly skilled, performing a wide variety of jobs in the commercial and industrial construction industry — carpenters, electricians, masons, pipe insulators, plumbers, and sheet metal workers, just to name a few. But what sets merit shop workers apart from others in the construction industry is that they can be multi-skilled, with no limit on their opportunity to advance as far as their dreams allow.

The evidence of their hard work is all around us. They build the offices where we work and the schools our children attend, along with hospitals, restaurants, stores, and the other venues that make our communities unique.

So on this Labor Day, let's remember to thank all of the construction craft professionals, regardless of labor affiliation, whose hard work building America each day improves all of our lives.

Toby Cummings

President, Associated Builders and Contractors, Golden Gate Chapter


Our August 24 Culture Spy, "Sistahs Steppin' Out," misstated the year Sistahs Steppin' in Pride began. It was 2002.

In our August 24 cover story, "The Road Less Traveled," we misspelled Fred Shuck's surname.


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