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Viewpoint - November 6, 2019

Letter: More is not better

Two articles in The Almanac, one in the Oct. 9 issue ("Board of Supervisors Declares Climate Change Emergency," by Rick Radin) and one in the Oct. 23 issue ("San Mateo County Cities Fume as Stanford Rebuffs Their Funding Requests" by Gennady Sheyner) made me think Stanford is not interested in helping to wipe out global warming, but rather is contributing to and supporting this environmental problem.

More noise, traffic, maintenance of roads, housing and other buildings, utility and communication systems, and greater consumption of our natural resources, will be the result. We will also have more garbage to get rid of. What is Stanford's motive, goal, purpose in covering 275 million square feet with buildings, concrete and asphalt — which will add more heat to the atmosphere, and adding 2600 more beds (more students)? Is it prestige money, power, aggrandizement?

It seems to me we should all (schools, city, and state governments and individuals) be striving for quality not quantity in everything we do. Stanford and our local cities seem to think more and bigger is better than being smaller and encouraging individuals to be independent and self-sufficient in their daily lives, which includes using the sun to the fullest.

Jackie Leonard-Dimmick

Walnut Avenue, Atherton


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