This letter is in response to a commentary written by Joseph Bookstein ("Stress, Health Factors Are Part of Growth Control Issue," May 22).
Mr. Bookstein discusses some medical aspects associated with "uncontrolled urban growth." The biggest problem, as stated in his commentary, is stress, which in turn leads to serious physical health problems.
I will admit that the prospect of periodic gunfire on our nation's freeways does not entice me to travel often. However, unless I never want to visit my elderly mother again, I shall continue to drive the freeways. Surely Mr. Bookstein (professor of radiology), with all of his medical knowledge, is well aware of successful anxiety-lowering techniques that enable all of us to perform in modern society. I would hope that his intention is not to steer us back to "caveman days." The old way of living had its overwhelming stresses, too.
Of course we need orderly, planned urban growth. Everyone would agree to thoughtful planning of traffic and intelligent disposal of all wastes. I do not know where Mr. Bookstein lives, but I wonder why on earth he isn't out working to improve his (our) environment instead of whining on paper. Come on, Mr. Bookstein, how about some accuracy in reporting all of the facts; we could use some constructive suggestions for carefully planned, future urban improvements and development as well.
DOLORES M. CROSS