I am writing in response to the front page story of last week’s Campus Times article “Council limits B Street parking; ULV concerned” [Feb. 19]. I am tired of hearing complaints from people who do not deserve to complain. La Verne students and faculty have a right to park on public streets, just like anyone else has. The word “public” is defined in the Webster’s Dictionary as “not private; social, open to all…” How can the residents of the surrounding streets complain? Their argument is not valid. According to Geri Silveira, “…in the 18 years she [I] and her [my] husband have resided at our B Street home, parking has always been a problem.” If she knew their was a potential for parking problems, why did she move into this neighborhood? No one forced her and her husband to choose to live in a neighborhood that is one block away from a 4-year university that has been here much longer than she has. Mrs. Silveira is only one of many complainers of this country. Similar stories can be seen on television or in papers when residents complain of too much air-traffic noise while living a few blocks from the airport or closing a trash dump near their neighborhood because a developer thought that the location would be nice place to establish a community. Let’s have a reality check. If one decides to live next to the airport, a trash dump, or a university, one must live with the consequences, good or bad, of that neighborhood. No ands, ifs or buts. Humans have the most complex minds of all animals on this Earth. I just wish some people would use them.
Sergio M. Velazquez