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July 17, 2004

Don't waste parts of gym floor that aren't sold

I applaud the efforts of Burbank High School principal Bruce

Osgood to help raise money for the athletic programs by selling off

pieces of the bird's eye maple flooring that have "some

significance," for instance, the three-point line. I'm just hoping

that the remainder of the flooring has been destined for something

other than the dump.

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If this is truly bird's eye maple, especially of the thickness it

appears to have in the front-page photo, then it would seem to be

possible to recycle the wood not destined for memorabilia. It could

be used as decorative flooring or paneling in city or school

administration offices, rather than purchasing new materials; or,

perhaps more simply, it could just be sold to rehabilitators of old

buildings, with the proceeds used to add to Principal Osgood's

"trophy wood" receipts. As I understand it, building materials from

the past are often no longer available, and rehabbers or restorers

should find an unusual wood like bird's eye maple to be worth a quite

a few dollars.

Some years ago, I worked for a company in receivership. Before

they could sell their headquarters, they were obliged to pay for the

removal of asbestos. The executive floor was paneled almost

exclusively in golden oak, book-matched on all hidden cupboard doors,

and about a half- inch thick. No one thought about selling the wood

to restorers, and so it went to the dump. My grandfather taught me a

love of beautiful woodworking, and I almost cried to think about the

waste of some craftsmen's dedication in cutting, matching and

installing the beautiful, 12-foot-tall panels.

Is it too late for Burbank to try saving resources and adopting

this additional way of adding to the school district's funds?

Barbara Buchanan

Burbank

Many possible reasons

for noise complaints

I felt compelled to write regarding Lorraine Bellis-Mark's letter

("Only the few and the mute welcome at Mountain View," June 23).

While I agree that children and parks, go together like ice cream

and cake, and that a park is a great place to play, questions abound.

I don't know the age of the lady who became furious with the

children making noise at the park. However, I can surmise that this

lady is very noise sensitive -- why else would she complain about a

group of children at play? The bigger question at hand is why she is

noise sensitive.

Ms. Bellis-Mark doesn't take any other possibilities into account.

I'm going to play devil's advocate. Maybe when the woman bought the

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