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Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - November 29, 2013

Letters

Dear Editor,

The Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister City Association (PTSCA) reached a major milestone this year and we were proud to celebrate our 30th anniversary with the Tulancingo delegation, PTSCA members and the Pleasanton community.

The annual Tulancingo Delegation visit took place from Sept. 24-30. We are appreciative to the Pleasanton Weekly for the recent cover article and to the community for welcoming our Sister City friends with open arms.

This year our great city rolled out the red carpet for our Tulancingo friends. Mayor Jerry Thorne, City Manager Nelson Fialho, and Community Services Director Susan Andrade-Wax personally showed the Tulancingo delegation the high quality and caliber of our public servants. The city and staff rolled out events at City Hall, the Police Department, the Senior Center, Veterans Hall, and, to wrap it up, at the Mayor's Award Dinner at the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center. Thanks to the city for making this 30th year celebration the most memorable visit in memory.

We would also like to acknowledge these groups who have continually support the visits with significant contributions: The Lion's Club, Rotary Club of Pleasanton, Rotary North, Richert Lumber/Ace Hardware and the Soroptimists. Also thanks to our Gold Family sponsors: Athenour, Cardinalli, Ferraro, Noble, Pino, Richert, Sanchez and Victoria.

As usual, the association members put hundreds of hours into planning, driving, hosting, preparing food, translating, fundraising, gifts, and fellowship. A huge thanks to all of our sponsors and donors who magnified our efforts. Please visit our website at www.ptsca.orgfor a list of their names. We look forward to the next 30 years of friendship. Amistad para Siempre!

Rita Galvin

President

Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister City Association

Dear Editor,

I recently attended the Veterans Day Parade in Pleasanton. As I was standing on the corner, across from 350 Main St. and the Berry Patch, I happened to look skyward and I was immediately made aware of the similarities between the American Flag atop the aforementioned building and the one that appeared at "Dawns Early Light" over Fort McHenry and became known as the Star Spangled Banner. However, this poor remnant, although tattered, torn, ragged and bedraggled, had not been subjected to shot, shell and all-night bombardment. No, it achieved this shameful appearance by sheer neglect and outrageous ignorance.

How any mayor or member of the City Council could allow this to happen is beyond my powers of comprehension. So I called the property's management company and they advised me that they "would look into it." No one seems to be aggrieved so shame on all of you. And yes, I am a veteran.

William H. Mallery

Dear Editor,

The current contract situation is simply unbelievable. First of all you did a very bad job of negotiating a new labor contract. Having said that, the recent family leave "clerical error" is inexcusable and unacceptable. You must have provided the clerical staff the wording. Your staff attorneys must have read the contract before your management and outside negotiator signed it.

Your fiscal and operational management is terrible at best.

You now have an opportunity to show resolve and backbone.

Clearly you must vote to reject the new labor contract. Start hiring and training new labor workers and replace the surly, overpaid, under-worked labor force. The board directors and senior management must be replaced soon. Efficiency, responsibility and prudence should become part of your mission and everyday vocabulary.

Brad Hirst, Equity Enterprises

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