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State’s child support
interest hurts families

Re. “California keeps millions in child support while parents drown in debt,” May 4:

It’s disgusting knowing that the California government can tax child support at an outrageous 10% interest rate.

Many families are struggling in these times of worry. Not all parents who owe child support have a dependable source of income. As parents fall behind on their monthly payments, an unfair interest rate of 10% percent is attached to their dues. Some children only receive half of their support due to the unfair collections from our state government.

The state government needs to forgive the debt or lower the interest rate of parents who fall behind on their monthly payments. The financial support of a child is crucial for their upbringing.

Ethan Loera
San Jose

Proposed landmark
too costly to birdlife

Re. “New S.J. landmark OK’d, gets backlash,” Page A1, May 6:

Every year on Sept. 11, New York City shines two “towers” of lights into the sky, all night long, to commemorate those lost on 9/11. The lights are shone from the rooftop of a parking garage in lower Manhattan.

Fall is migration season, and thousands of warblers fly over the city each night. City lights interfere with their directional instinct. In 2015 I volunteered with New York City Audubon to count the birds. If the numbers got high enough, the city would turn off the lights for 20 minutes to allow the birds to reorient themselves and fly on.

We laid on our backs on the roof of the garage, watching the birds circling the light towers, peeping in confusion. Often one would fall to the ground in exhaustion, dead. It was one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve ever done. San Jose’s new “art” isn’t worth it.

Amy Yee
San Jose

Adjuster’s estimation
of judge off the mark

Notwithstanding the observation of an insurance adjuster who neglected to mute his microphone as he observed a trial presided over by Judge Roberta Hayashi (“Mic catches insurance rep saying ‘judge is an idiot’ in trial,” Page B1, May 5), Judge Hayashi is the person least like an idiot that the adjuster has encountered.

I am an attorney who has had many professional experiences with Roberta Hayashi since I met her some thirty years ago. I know that she is universally regarded as one of the most competent attorneys in Santa Clara County.

I know that during her six years as a judge she has maintained the outstanding reputation that she earned as an attorney. The adjuster should be well pleased that the trial was being presided over by Judge Hayashi.

One wonders how we should describe the guy who forgot to mute his microphone.

Brian Preston
Portola Valley

Mays’ kindness
left its mark

Thursday was  Willie Mays’ 90th birthday.

In my opinion, Mays is the greatest player of all time. But my Mays story is much more personal and “soft.”

As a 10-year-old kid in Chicago, my dad took me and my sister to a Cubs vs. Giants game. …read more

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