As I watch the news coverage of the caravan, I am struck by the number of able-bodied males in the mob, throwing rocks and bottles and demanding entry into our country.
One should recall back in the 1700s that a citizenry was being oppressed by another nation. They, these able-bodied males, made a decision to defend themselves. With serious debate, they decided it was time to free themselves of the tyranny. Patrick Henry summed up his position with this closing remark: "For me, sir, give me liberty or give me death." They formed an army and you know the rest.
Now I ask, why don't the able-bodied hoodlums in the caravan change the way their country is run. Surely there are folks like Patrick Henry among them. Freedom is not easily obtained but it is worth fighting for. Rather, they exhibit cowardice and seek a handout from the USA. I say send them back and tell them to fight for the better way of life they desire.
-- Paul Ebright
To the first responders
I wish to express my heart-felt thanks to the Pleasanton police, paramedics and ambulance service of our community for their timely and excellent care during my recent congestive heart emergency.
Because of all of you, and the wonderful staff at Kaiser hospital, I'm upright and breathing once again! Thank you all so very much.
-- Cathleen Cordova
You promised me you would never change. But yes you did. But only a fool would believe such a promise. I was one of those fools.
You said OK to a Home Depot. Were you trying to put an end to your beloved mom-and-pop stores? You said you would never let them build houses on your hills. But you let them do that, too. You said that our old town would always be our old town. You broke that promise, too. You let a Starbucks wipe out the last bar downtown. This cuts right through me.
You gave way to a Costco because your residents could no longer drive 15 minutes east or north to the closest one. I guess you became lazy.
I can still take my kids to the creek and pretend for an hour you haven't changed so much. But eventually I need to come back to reality. But isn't change something that is inevitable. Having things not change is so easy to ask for. But we do seem to need to change to compete and survive.
So Pleasanton, I still love you. I always will. I will eat in Pleasanton. My kids will play in Pleasanton. I will stay here as long as I can. That promise Pleasanton, I will make to you. I love you Pleasanton.
-- Steve Gardner,
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