We sure live in a wonderful city and are so blessed to have the many amenities the city provides. We are fortunate that our city has funds to provide us with a great senior center, a very expensive municipal golf course, great parks and our very own library. We will soon be looking to spend a great deal of money to remove two circular roads that are causing concern on Vineyard Avenue.
Although we live very well here, having a nice cemetery for our family to consider when we pass is currently not an option (News, "Council rejects cemetery ownership bid," May 5, 2006). Many of us have family members of friends that are buried there and can attest to the fact that the cemetery in its present condition is an embarrassment.
I want to urge our citizens and our city leaders to support the efforts currently underway to make the cemetery a municipal priority. We spend millions of dollars on local projects. Providing funding for this worthwhile project can't be a financial burden for a city that has so much. We need to make it a priority.
Take care of cemetery
My understanding is that the Pleasanton City Council is now reviewing the possibility of assuming ownership of the Odd Fellows Cemetery for $1. The Odd Fellows are very close to ending their maintenance of this un-endowed cemetery, leaving this historical Pleasanton asset to deteriorate and go un-kept.
On a recent walk through the cemetery, I saw many graves of people who have played a prominent place in Pleasanton's history. I also saw several graves of veterans dating back to the Civil War. It is my hope that the city staff and City Council will recognize that the cemetery needs a permanent plan put in place that will see it properly taken care once and for all. Through minimal annual budgeting, and phasing of improvements, this need not be a big item in the annual city budget.
The City Council has done much for Pleasanton in facilities and serves. The proposal to take over the cemetery is a good one. I hope the City Council will see fit to adopt it.
In response to "Hosterman Embarrasses" (Letters to the Editor, June 23, 2006), her message is that war is not the answer. That seems plain enough to me. I'd really like to know how that is embarrassing to Mr. Miller? My goodness, what is Ms. Hosterman thinking, promoting peace! Oh the shame! I'm sure Mr. Miller thinks we should've put our nuclear weapons to use and just bombed the entire Middle East out of existence. Mr. Miller should turn off Fox News and try to educate himself on the truth of what really happened on 9/11 rather than eating up that big bowl of White House propaganda for breakfast every morning. He might actually learn something instead of wasting time berating our Mayor for her good work. I'm proud that Ms. Hosterman is involving herself in the peace movement in this way. If more of our leaders showed humanitarian and diplomatic qualities, rather than promoting an eye for an eye, the world would be a more peaceful place.
Texan weighs in on Hosterman
As a former resident of Pleasanton (1966-1996) I read with interest the Pleasanton Weekly Online Edition. I grew up appreciating the city as a place of social, intellectual and spiritual stimulation--a charmed and unique place to be.
Amador during the sixties welcomed a phenomenon called the "hippie." Interesting kids infiltrated the halls and classrooms while some of us held onto our a-line skirts and patent leather shoes. These classmates were often the best and brightest, freely expressing opinions, dressing in wild, lovely colors and yes, many were the children of Pleasanton educators, scientists at the Lab and Sandia, and of clergy. These offspring were not a threat to their professional and equally as opinionated parents. There was a wide berth for expression. Little did they know that rather than being non-conformist they were very mainline, expressing basics tenets of our Constitution. At this time, Pleasanton churches were very active in an ecumenical movement promoting better understanding of other faiths, posing no threat to anyone but yielding better understanding and compassionate, exciting diversity.
I appreciate the points that Brian Cavanaugh expressed in his letter of June 16 (Letters to the Editor, "Hosterman should withdraw"). I believe though that we live in an ideally inclusive society where the child can be wild, the parent can work within the defense industry or be the school principal and that Mayor Hosterman can speak not as a mayor, but as a person. Most of all, the soldier can fight for all of the above to preserve their rights to do so. Somehow it works and probably will for a very long time. As the soldier might say, and as Voltaire did, "I wholly disapprove of what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it." We do not to simply tolerate people who disagree with us, but must applaud them. Everyone's freedom and opinion is vital to our own. While we continue to form actions against those who do not respect personal liberty and non-violence, we will constantly and sadly be challenged with our conscience and methods of what it takes to reach for peace, something that has challenged us since earliest civilization. Perhaps, it's as simple as "Different strokes for different folks," made popular in the sixties by Rowan and Martin's "Laugh In." No matter what it is, I will never forget Pleasanton and the foundation it gave me, though I now live in this foreign country of Texas with its own unique charm and many issues! Believe me though, there's no place like home.
Austin, TX, formerly Gerard Court