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Opinion - February 9, 2018

Letters

Valley Humane Society stands apart

Dear Editor,

In light of recent controversy affecting the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), I feel it is a good time to remind the public that Valley Humane Society isn't affiliated with HSUS, nor any national organization.

Without speculating about their ongoing challenges, I can reassure the community that we are dedicated to living the values that guide our organization: compassion, companionship, optimism, gratitude, collaboration and integrity.

People often assume a funding connection between national groups and their local humane societies, but Valley Humane Society relies primarily on our local community for support. Your donations stay right here and help animals and people in and around the Tri-Valley.

Last year, Valley Humane Society rescued and re-homed more than 600 dogs and cats. We also launched a new free online service to help pets find new homes without burdening the public shelter system (Home to Home) and distributed 120,000 meals to low-income families via the AniMeals pet food pantry.

Countless hours were spent visiting those in need of a pet's healing presence during Canine Comfort Pet Therapy sessions at hospitals, senior centers, schools and the like. We taught more than 1,000 children about the humane ethic and what it means to care for an animal for life.

Thank you for your support, which has allowed us to contribute to this community for more than 30 years. Please come and visit our facility at 3670 Nevada St. or go to our website (valleyhumane.org) for more information about programs and services.

Melanie Sadek

Executive director

Valley Humane Society

Connecting BART to ACE

Dear Editor,

BART's blue line runs every 15 minutes all day. ACE, by contrast, serves commuters to the job-rich Silicon Valley: four trains west in the morning and four east in the evening. A Wheels bus now runs between ACE and BART Tri-Valley stations.

State legislation has created a new public body ostensibly to connect the two by rail. It contemplates a branch rail line along I-580 from Greenville Road to BART -- either at Dublin-Pleasanton or Isabel.

This Tri-Valley bifurcation of ACE could severely downgrade the fine service ACE provides for both Central Valley and Tri-Valley commuters. Trains over the Altamont could go only to BART or to the Silicon Valley — not to both.

Far better: extended BART along I-580 to an ACE transfer at Greenville, leaving ACE as it is now.

Some 8,400 Livermore voters in 2011 signed a petition asking for BART initially to Isabel and ultimately to Greenville. That is where the BART shops and yard belong, not on a rat-tail spur as BART's draft EIR plans.

Robert S. Allen

BART director, 1974-88

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