Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - July 16, 2010

Letters

July 4 xenophobia

Dear Editor,

An otherwise enjoyable Fourth of July event was marred when, after a song, one of the speakers told the crowd, "If that didn't get you excited, we don't want you as a member of our community! Don't come back!"

I disagree with that sentiment, and I am writing today to voice two ideas in response to it. First, to the speaker: I am a member of your community but you do not speak for me, so in the future please try to avoid telling people what "we" believe. Second, I don't think that whether or not a person is excited by patriotic or martial music is a good reason to tell them that they're not wanted and that they should get out of Pleasanton.

Unfortunately, something that could have been enthusiastic, though perhaps mildly inane, ("If that didn't get you excited, I don't know what would!") came out as something ugly, xenophobic and exclusive.

While I support free speech rights, I wish that those who had such thoughts would at least keep them to themselves in the future, and especially not purport to speak for the people of Pleasanton.

Kevin Heller

Comments

Posted by Zan, a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 16, 2010 at 8:17 am

I'd there is about a 99% chance that speaker was a KKKonservative


Posted by Sue, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 16, 2010 at 8:22 am

Oh pleeeassse!!!!


Posted by SteveP, a resident of Parkside
on Jul 16, 2010 at 8:35 am

SteveP is a registered user.

Kid of a lame excuse for a 'story' dontcha think? Where was this event, who was the speaker, why is this newsworthy?
Why publsh this type of trash that at best looks incomplete and hastily written with some kind of agenda?


Posted by Wade Jackson, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 17, 2010 at 10:10 am

Kevin Heller-Stop wishing...It's called our First Amendment! You need to chill out brother!!


Posted by Once again, a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Nov 11, 2011 at 11:55 pm

"While I support free speech rights, I wish that those who had such thoughts would at least keep them to themselves in the future, and especially not purport to speak for the people of Pleasanton."

Sorry idiot...read the constitution...you can't have it both ways!!


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