War is horrible for everyone
This is a response to last month's photo at the "Crosses of Lafayette" area with the title "Gaza dead honored."
Firstly, this honorary cemetery is meant to honor all religious faiths; hopefully, all faiths would teach moral and ethical treatment of others, although in fact "do onto others ... " is too often not observed.
My heart dropped when I saw that Gaza deaths were honored with no reference to death and fears experienced in Israel. Citizens in Israel have spent many days frantically running to safe shelter, as well as mourning soldiers and citizens killed in battle.
Clearly, the inhabitants of Gaza are suffering tremendously.
That being said, one may wonder why neighboring countries or friends have not offered to build safe havens and shelters for the people of Gaza.
As a supporter of Israel, I would be the first to acknowledge that Israel has made mistakes. Both sides need to accept compromise.
When Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, the rocket attacks began --- there have been thousands of attacks to this point.
There seems to be a war in many corners of the earth -- honor and grieving should be felt for all those who lose their life or experience trauma.
A letter to the CC Times was from a reader who states his shame in being Jewish, a shame that he bases upon Israel's current actions. That reader's (or others') shame and the rise of anti-semitism in Europe or elsewhere have resulted in a tragic outcome. Don't forget the many "progressive" Jews who oppose all suffering and honor all religious and ethnic cultures. Israel is not to blame for the current catastrophe. We already have enough hate in the world.
When will hill ever get fixed?
For over four years, those of us who live off of and near Tice Valley Boulevard and the cross street Roll Hills have seen the nearby hillside draped in black tarp -- and, this year, in white tarp.
The Acalanes school district, which owns this property, has failed to fix the hill once and for all. They started off by placing large rocks in the area which don't match the rest of the area, and what is worse, no one ever shows up for work to complete the project.
I go by at least twice a day looking for workmen to see if they have made any progress, and no one ever shows up.
The person responsible for Acalanes school district property maintenance needs to be replaced with someone who can get the work done when needed. I just know we're going to see a fifth winter without this project being completed.