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Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - March 8, 2013

Letters

More on food allergies

Dear Editor,

I am a little confused by the food allergy article in the Weekly on Feb. 22. This is an area I am very well versed in, and I was the parent that worked on the school board policy 5536 and pushed it through back in 2003.

The highest mortality of children is in the 14-24 age group, not preschool and kindergarten. It seems this article is pushing a T-shirt instead of educating people about the signs and symptoms of a fatal food allergy. This is what saves a person from dying in 10 minutes -- recognizing the signs and avoiding allergens are the key.

I think the article is misleading. We have worked really hard in the Pleasanton Unified School District to educate, communicate and work together to keep students safe. We are one of the few school districts that has a comprehensive policy and procedures in place. We also have a higher than normal average number of food allergic students who may suffer anaphylaxis.

Please consider removing the article from online and replacing it with one that reflects what is happening in our community and with correct/better information.

Jamie Hintzke

Thank you so much for weighing in. I appreciate your perspective and hard work to raise awareness. My article focused more on the stresses of parents with young children and the solution by a local business owner, so I was focused on a specific aspect of the issue. Clearly this is a topic that takes more than one article to cover. I would be happy to consider a follow-up article on the signs and symptoms of awareness to build on the story and continue to raise awareness.

I apologize if you found the article misleading, but it was not my intention to disparage the PUSD in any way. Thank you for your efforts within the school district and for informing our readers.

Callippe fixes

Dear Editor,

The editorial March 1 talking about more players needed at Callippe Preserve golf course stated some reasons why course revenue is down, and that the city of Pleasanton is now having to absorb the revenue loss to service the construction bonds costs.

While the reasoning of a struggling economic recovery and one time play by some golfers is true, you left out two reasons that are paramount for the decline of play at Callippe, and they are the slow pace of play and the poor condition of the putting greens.

Golfers like to play at a reasonable pace of four to four-and-a-half hours for a round of 18 holes and expect a consistent good quality of the putting greens. The higher greens fees do not negatively impact players as much as perceived value for money spent.

Callippe course management must get pace of play and greens conditions corrected and the golfers will return.

Michael Carmo

Good eating on Main

Dear Editor,

We are responding to the Feb. 1 Streetwise section, which had comments from local citizens regarding "What does Pleasanton's downtown need most?"

We agree that there are too many types of salons downtown. People cannot spend time "hanging out" at salons and that's what people enjoy doing in a downtown.

We disagree that there are no quality restaurants because there are plenty of different types of well-known restaurants that can satisfy anyone's needs. Maybe there does need to be a few more shopping stores, or little burger/bar type spots, but our line of restaurants is outstanding overall. Hap's and Barone's are examples of excellent restaurants. Nonni's and Stacey's have excellent burgers and other meals with casual dining.

Overall, people need to appreciate and support our downtown Pleasanton restaurants.

Bob and Karoline Lee

Following is the response from Elyssa Thome, writer of the Feb. 22 story, "Food allergies post threat for preschoolers and kindergartners":

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