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Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - February 22, 2008

Letter: Radical left contempt

Dear Editor,

In a recent letter titled "Provincial Dragons," (Letters to the Editor, Jan. 11, page 10-11) Paulette Kenyon gives us a telling glimpse into the mind of a leftist.

Ms. Kenyon says that our community is "truly provincial, classicist, racist" and enjoys using religion as a bully pulpit. Worse, we shop at Nordstrom and wave tiny flags as we "proudly slide into the next dark age."

This rhetoric is truly insightful. It reminds us of the contempt that the radical left demonstrates for ordinary Americans, who do not subscribe to their warped views.

Ms. Kenyon's letter is nasty but affects nobody. However, of serious concern is the presence of radical school teachers with similar toxic views, who impose them on our children. We must ensure that this type of thought pollution stays out of the classroom.

Ted Tully

Pleasanton

Comments

Posted by Homeowner, a resident of Ironwood
on Feb 22, 2008 at 1:11 pm

It is unfortunate that these opinion letters almost always degenerate into an "us vs them" name-calling charade.

On the left, Ms. Kenyon throws out some choice words, though at who it's not entirely clear and not in an entirely coherent manner. Are there provincial, classist, religious, or even racist folks in town? Without out a doubt. Is this the "large hunk" of our town? Absolutely not.

On the right, Mr. Tully labels the left "radical" and by exclusion calls them unordinary Americans. To the contrary, most free thinking Americans would object to including right wingers in any group of "ordinary Americans." Then as if to officially announce his card-carrying right-wing status, Mr. Tully then inexplicably takes a detour to call out the radical teachers in our schools. I'm surprised there wasn't a call to burn them at the stake. It's clear there are plenty of "warped views" to go around.

Unfortunately, those of us in the mainstream catch the collateral damage as these two groups lob name bombs at each other from either end of the bell curve.


Posted by Chris, a resident of Val Vista
on Feb 22, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Homeowner said "Are there provincial, classist, religious, or even racist folks in town? Without out a doubt."

Some appear to be involved with the Oak Grove park litigation and debate: Web Link

I hope, as Homeowner suggests, they are not a "large hunk" of our town.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 22, 2008 at 3:34 pm

What toxic views are you referring to Mr. Tully? Would you please be specific? Also, what is so radical that you feel a need to even use the word?

The majority of people that I know in Pleasanton are quite nice.

Like they say, if you can't live and you can't die, make coffee!



Posted by frank, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Feb 22, 2008 at 8:29 pm

I am pleasantly surprised to find that Mr. Tully stirred up things, because I also read his letter, never earlier having read Ms. Kenyon's, but concluded right then and there that Mr. Tully is a Radical Right Wing Religious Ideologue And Is A Tax Cut and Spend Republican. How's that for labels!!!!!

This is or course what they do. They label you, then paint you with a black brush. Afterwards, as they gain power, they may come after you! (think of 1933-1945, Jews, Communists, Roma, homosexuals, other 'undesirables'.)


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 23, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Thanks for info Frank. I will NEVER step into Tully's again. I guess that the cat got his tongue?

I think that it's best not to support businesses whose owner's hate people for no good reason?