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Why I value this Town Square forum

Original post made by Sarah, Highland Oaks, on Nov 11, 2007

Originally posted as a reply on the "Pleasanton Weekly Blog Hurting Community" topic, but I'm posting here under a more positive heading...

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Posted by Amber
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2007 at 7:15 pm

I am pleased that this was set up. Thank you, Sarah. There are a lot of angry people on here. No one should be bashed. This is a lesson and the end of the lesson should be that all people of this community come together.

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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Nov 12, 2007 at 9:06 pm

Thanks for the comment, Amber. I really don't like or condone the name-calling, the nasty tone of one commenter against the other, the defaming of character, but I too realize that there is a lot of anger being stirred up in the community, and (euphamism here) darn it, rightly so. I'm tired of stuff being smoothed over and swept under the rug here in Pleasanton. I'm tired of (some of) the newspapers, the school publications, and the official police blurbs not telling people what is REALLY going on here. It's not fair that only people who know people get to hear the real deal, and that the others are left wondering. This is a breath of fresh air, this last month. The school district and the individual high school campuses are opening up, the Pleasanton Weekly is finally taking a calculated risk and reporting on events *as they happen* and have had complaints along the way, but as we collectively make our way through this more open sort of communication, perhaps we'll figure it out.

In the end, the goal should be that our collective consciousness is raised, we can realize that Pleasanton is NOT all and not always Perfectly Pleasant, and that the community is US, the residents, and is not some vague notion/ideal of a Stepford suburb. We have problems here, and let's start solving them. And oh yes, that means you over there, too.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 27, 2007 at 6:38 pm

I enjoy this blog but I think that the thought police erase too much opinion....that stinks!