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Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - January 27, 2012

Letters

Health services

Dear Editor,

The "Hidden Homeless" article (Jan. 20) was very moving and we thank the Pleasanton Weekly for letting people know that Axis Community Health is here to help. We provide primary and preventive health services for anyone in the community with a particular focus on caring for the Tri-Valley's most vulnerable citizens. Access to care is guaranteed. All of our services are made affordable by sliding scale fees, and no one is turned away due to an inability to pay. Low-income and indigent patients qualify for primary and preventive treatment through designated public health programs. Demand for services has been high and we have expanded our hours to meet the need. New patients are seen within a three-week timeframe. If you or someone you know is in need of our services, please call us at 462-1755.

Great art walk

Dear Editor,

It was an inspiring experience to take part in Saturday's Art Walk downtown. Nancy and Gary Harrington shared insights and background stories to many public art sculptures -- telling both how the artists and their respective works journeyed to Pleasanton. I would gladly have paid tuition to get such a close up and personal art history lesson, yet it's offered at no charge every month.

The more I learn about our city's history and public art, the more grateful I am to call Pleasanton home. We are so fortunate to have the Harringtons and other supporters of the arts continuing to contribute to the richness of our downtown.

Look at things differently

Dear Editor,

The Weekly's inaccurate slant on the purpose and objectives of this meeting are a concern to me (Protesters disrupt meeting to Plan Bay Area, page 5, Jan. 20). Sir, this was a group of patriotic citizens outraged at liberal bureaucrats trying to legislate their massively wasteful green agenda through other means. Please send your journalists back to interview Mr. Scott Haggerty to explain the ultimate goals of the Plan Bay Area, what exactly social justice means, and why it is more important than liberty and individual freedom. And I also suggest that you start looking at things differently...like through the eyes of your readers.

Let's support our schools

Dear Editor,

Our state is in serious financial crisis resulting in devastating cuts to our public education system. Every school district throughout California has experienced deep cuts in programs and staffing -- including Pleasanton. Every resident and business of Pleasanton benefits from our excellent school district -- excellent schools have direct and indirect benefits by supporting our property values, reducing crime and vandalism, and attracting families who value community. Parents of current students have been trying to backfill the cuts from the state through fundraising, but they need our help.

The Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation (PPIE) has launched the Annual Giving Fund to support valued programs at our schools including support for specialized literacy programs, science and technology, and libraries. As a community we need to support PPIE's effort as it embarks on the final three weeks of its campaign to raise funds for academic year 2012-2013. The "Super Bowl for Schools" deadline to donate is Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5.

PPIE is requesting a donation of only $150 per student, but any and all donations will help. Surrounding Bay Area education foundations request an average of $570 per student. Donations are tax-deductible. Please visit www.ppie.org for donation by check, credit card or PayPal, or to make monthly payments.

I strongly urge you to support the PPIE Foundation's Annual Giving Fund 2012-2013 effort and make a donation today. Thank you for your support.

Joyce Shapiro Board Member of Tri-Valley Y

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