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GoldenGateBridge-001.jpgDear Editor:

I am saddened and appalled to listen to the plans for the 75th anniversary celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge.

While this iconic land mark may deserve a public event, there is still an undeniable need for a suicide barrier.

In the wake of the death of Danville teen Allison Bayliss, we are reminded of the lives that are lost from the structure.

While a plan for a barrier has reached the stage of approval, there is no money to fund such a project.

The 75th anniversary event could truly be memorable if there was money from private donors to cover the cost of a barrier. If there is money to fund the event, why not reach out to corporations and philanthropists across thecountry and secure funding for this overdue barrier?

Linda Robertson
Oakland, CA

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Mr McDowell

    “…we are reminded of the lives that are lost from the structure”

    This sentence comes close to implying that it’s the structure, or it’s existence, that’s killing these people. I just can’t get behind that. Especially when you think of how much this barrier will cost, and how many more important services the money could be spent on.

  • Mr McDowell

    “…we are reminded of the lives that are lost from the structure”

    This sentence comes close to implying that it’s the structure, or it’s existence, that’s killing these people. I just can’t get behind that. Especially when you think of how much this barrier will cost, and how many more important services the money could be spent on.