Wow, only two out of three gave intelligent answers to "What is the significance of Labor Day for you?" (Streetwise, Aug. 31). Three cheers for the firefighter and the stay-at-home dad. I am so glad to read that we have an intelligent fireman and a dad who will be a knowledgeable example for his children.
City needs revenue from Staples Ranch
The initiative regarding Staples Ranch is not in the best interests of all the citizens of Pleasanton.
The housing cap is about to be met and the city must turn to other sources of revenue if it is to maintain the infrastructure that makes Pleasanton a great place to live and raise a family. The Staples Ranch annexation and development can be a major start in that direction. The county and the city have been working on a development plan for this 124-acre parcel that will benefit all of Pleasanton. The financial benefits will be substantial and help to maintain our parks, schools and other services provided by the city. Let us not lose the opportunity to control the development of this site. Alameda County owns this property and its position is that it will be developed, if not by Pleasanton then by Dublin or Livermore, both of which are vitally interested in acquiring this property for commercial use, not park land and open space.
Therefore I urge you not to sign the petition "Open Space, Park Land, and Green Belt Initiative."
John F. Smyth
McNerney has no intentions of bringing troops home
I saw Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) for the fourth time Aug. 21 in Woodbridge, as part of his "meet-and-greet" tour.
McNerney spoke at length, expressing under no uncertain terms that our military service members will return home from the Iraqi war soon. I had in my hand House bill H.R. 2956, "Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act," which reads quite to the contrary. H.R. 2956 is "An Act...and for other purposes," and its only "requirement" is for presidential reporting. Thus McNerney has no intentions of bringing the troops home.
I made sure to check that he voted for it. He did. To McNerney, I read key excerpts from it. The title word, "redeployment" suggests an open door for the senate to redeploy our troops over to U.N. Security Council command, and Senate Amendment 2087 was such an attempt. That's another story. In a heated confrontation on the NAFTA Superhighway and a plan to establish a North American Union, I reminded the congressman of his oath of office to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution.
If nothing else good resulted from the meeting, he could see that his constituency is well-informed.
Thank you from Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council
The Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council wishes to thank you very much for the wonderful article and picture you printed publicizing our Mike Fennelly Piano Concert on Sept. 8. We had a good turn out and raised a substantial sum for our Renne Smith Young Artists Music Awards Fund.
The arts community could not survive without this kind of support.
Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council
Impeachment would cost Democrats the election
In her recent letter, Cathe Norman criticized Nancy Pelosi for not attempting to impeach President Bush. Ms. Pelosi knows that succumbing to the mindless lies of the extreme left would cost the Democrats the 2008 election. Even now, Congress' ratings are far below the president's.
The voters understand that the Clinton administration's desultory responses to the repeated bombing of U.S. facilities and citizens, and the withdrawal from Somalia emboldened bin Laden. With flourishing terrorist training camps in Afghanistan, he believed he had a weak opponent and launched 9/11 and beyond.
President Bush immediately launched a strong counter offensive which destroyed the training camps and established a fledgling democracy. He established a vigorous national security program which has kept us safe for six years despite the left's attempts to undermine it.
The Clinton administration and Congress supported regime change in Iraq, but did nothing while Saddam continuously flouted U.N. resolutions calling for WMD inspections. All major intelligence agencies believed he had these weapons. Although the Iraq Survey Group found no large accumulations of WMDs, they did find a network of Saddam's Secret Intelligence Service laboratories which were experimenting with, and producing small quantities of, biological and chemical weapons with improved delivery methods. The labs were increasingly funded by the U.N.'s Oil for Food program. This was a growing threat to Americans and everyone else. The labs were destroyed by our military.
In this light, the extreme left's hysterical howls of "war criminals in the White House" are pathetic.
Red light runners a concern at Archstone
I'm a resident of the Archstone Hacienda Apartment complex. There is a
large intersection in front of the complex which is located at Owens Drive and
Rosewood Drive. Today I just witnessed about the fifth car I've seen in the past
couple of months run right through the red light at that intersection.
I believe the problem is that there are large trees which cover up the stoplights so cars can't see the stoplights. It's the stoplights directly in front of the Archstone entrance as you are driving from Hacienda towards West Las Positas.
This really concerns me because so many people use that crosswalk to go across the street to Wal-Mart and/or the BART station (including my teenage son). I urge someone to please look into this matter. It's so dangerous and it's just a matter of time before there is a serious accident there.
Response to red light runner concern
Lynda, I thank you for your comments. I have asked my signal technician to take a look at the intersection and the trees to ensure we have the needed sight distance.
I appreciate you taking the time to express your concern. Please continue to inform us of locations where you feel safety may be improved.
deputy director of public works, transportation