The following letter by Kathleen Much was published in the Almanac's April 11 print edition:
Editor: The Almanac responded with its usual paranoia to Stanford's generous offer to give San Mateo County a huge pot of money for recreational trails.
The only "horribly intrusive project" sought by anyone is the public trail through the heart of the university's lands demanded by the "greens" (more accurately, the "greedies"). If "most people expected" Stanford to build trails anywhere but its periphery, where the county's master trail plan put them, they were sadly self-deluded. The Almanac fostered their misapprehension.
The Almanac must have forgotten that Stanford offered to build whatever kind of trail the county preferred along Alpine Road -- from a rustic three-foot path on the current alignment to a 12-foot multipurpose all-weather trail or anything in between. Stanford even offered to move the road so as not to intrude on Weekend Acres. What more could we ask?
I am very disappointed to see Supervisor Rich Gordon emulating Liz Kniss's policy of Stanford-bashing and brazen extortion. If he wants a path crowded with baby strollers, hikers, and cyclists running over each other, he could have had it without accusing Stanford of bad faith. Personally, I would have loved a wider trail with room for all.
Hillside Avenue, Menlo Park