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Opinion - September 28, 2007

Letters to the Editor

Labor Day Streetwise lacking wisdom

Dear Editor,

Wow, only two out of three gave intelligent answers to "What is the significance of Labor Day for you?" (Streetwise, Aug. 31). Three cheers for the firefighter and the stay-at-home dad. I am so glad to read that we have an intelligent fireman and a dad who will be a knowledgeable example for his children.

Paula Brown


City needs revenue from Staples Ranch

Dear Editor,

The initiative regarding Staples Ranch is not in the best interests of all the citizens of Pleasanton.

The housing cap is about to be met and the city must turn to other sources of revenue if it is to maintain the infrastructure that makes Pleasanton a great place to live and raise a family. The Staples Ranch annexation and development can be a major start in that direction. The county and the city have been working on a development plan for this 124-acre parcel that will benefit all of Pleasanton. The financial benefits will be substantial and help to maintain our parks, schools and other services provided by the city. Let us not lose the opportunity to control the development of this site. Alameda County owns this property and its position is that it will be developed, if not by Pleasanton then by Dublin or Livermore, both of which are vitally interested in acquiring this property for commercial use, not park land and open space.

Therefore I urge you not to sign the petition "Open Space, Park Land, and Green Belt Initiative."

John F. Smyth


McNerney has no intentions of bringing troops home

Dear Editor,

I saw Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) for the fourth time Aug. 21 in Woodbridge, as part of his "meet-and-greet" tour.

McNerney spoke at length, expressing under no uncertain terms that our military service members will return home from the Iraqi war soon. I had in my hand House bill H.R. 2956, "Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act," which reads quite to the contrary. H.R. 2956 is "An Act...and for other purposes," and its only "requirement" is for presidential reporting. Thus McNerney has no intentions of bringing the troops home.

I made sure to check that he voted for it. He did. To McNerney, I read key excerpts from it. The title word, "redeployment" suggests an open door for the senate to redeploy our troops over to U.N. Security Council command, and Senate Amendment 2087 was such an attempt. That's another story. In a heated confrontation on the NAFTA Superhighway and a plan to establish a North American Union, I reminded the congressman of his oath of office to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution.

If nothing else good resulted from the meeting, he could see that his constituency is well-informed.

Daniel Hutchins


Thank you from Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council

Dear Editor,

The Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council wishes to thank you very much for the wonderful article and picture you printed publicizing our Mike Fennelly Piano Concert on Sept. 8. We had a good turn out and raised a substantial sum for our Renne Smith Young Artists Music Awards Fund.

The arts community could not survive without this kind of support.

Charlotte Severin

Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council

Impeachment would cost Democrats the election

Dear Editor,

In her recent letter, Cathe Norman criticized Nancy Pelosi for not attempting to impeach President Bush. Ms. Pelosi knows that succumbing to the mindless lies of the extreme left would cost the Democrats the 2008 election. Even now, Congress' ratings are far below the president's.

The voters understand that the Clinton administration's desultory responses to the repeated bombing of U.S. facilities and citizens, and the withdrawal from Somalia emboldened bin Laden. With flourishing terrorist training camps in Afghanistan, he believed he had a weak opponent and launched 9/11 and beyond.

President Bush immediately launched a strong counter offensive which destroyed the training camps and established a fledgling democracy. He established a vigorous national security program which has kept us safe for six years despite the left's attempts to undermine it.

The Clinton administration and Congress supported regime change in Iraq, but did nothing while Saddam continuously flouted U.N. resolutions calling for WMD inspections. All major intelligence agencies believed he had these weapons. Although the Iraq Survey Group found no large accumulations of WMDs, they did find a network of Saddam's Secret Intelligence Service laboratories which were experimenting with, and producing small quantities of, biological and chemical weapons with improved delivery methods. The labs were increasingly funded by the U.N.'s Oil for Food program. This was a growing threat to Americans and everyone else. The labs were destroyed by our military.

In this light, the extreme left's hysterical howls of "war criminals in the White House" are pathetic.

Ted Tully


Red light runners a concern at Archstone

Dear Editor,

I'm a resident of the Archstone Hacienda Apartment complex. There is a

large intersection in front of the complex which is located at Owens Drive and

Rosewood Drive. Today I just witnessed about the fifth car I've seen in the past

couple of months run right through the red light at that intersection.

I believe the problem is that there are large trees which cover up the stoplights so cars can't see the stoplights. It's the stoplights directly in front of the Archstone entrance as you are driving from Hacienda towards West Las Positas.

This really concerns me because so many people use that crosswalk to go across the street to Wal-Mart and/or the BART station (including my teenage son). I urge someone to please look into this matter. It's so dangerous and it's just a matter of time before there is a serious accident there.

Lynda Strohallen


Response to red light runner concern

Dear Editor,

Lynda, I thank you for your comments. I have asked my signal technician to take a look at the intersection and the trees to ensure we have the needed sight distance.

I appreciate you taking the time to express your concern. Please continue to inform us of locations where you feel safety may be improved.

Mike Tassano

deputy director of public works, transportation


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Posted by Janna
a resident of Mission Park
on Sep 28, 2007 at 9:30 am

Wow Ted! I don't even know where to start. That was quite a mouthful of baloney! Are you sure you're in the same America everyone else is?

"President Bush immediately launched a strong counter offensive which destroyed the training camps and established a fledgling democracy. He established a vigorous national security program which has kept us safe for six years despite the left's attempts to undermine it."

President Bush, he's our hero! (that's sarcasm, btw). I'm still laughing here!!!

P.S. Why are your comments in bold? Is the Weekly some how endorsing this nonsense?

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Posted by Emily Atwood
Pleasanton Weekly staff reporter
on Sep 28, 2007 at 9:52 am

Emily Atwood is a registered user.


It was bold because the coding was wrong, but it is now fixed. The Pleasanton Weekly doesn't endorse letters, they are the opinion of the writer.

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Posted by Janna
a resident of Mission Park
on Sep 28, 2007 at 1:44 pm

I figured it was something like that. I know newspapers don't generally endorse LTTEs. Thanks.

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Posted by Rob
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Sep 28, 2007 at 7:30 pm

He just seemed to judge everyone else's answers because they were not "right" for him. For a kid in school, ya it does mean another day stay at home. Kids shouldn't be working yet, so why do they have to be fully empathetic with Labor Day? And as for the lady who's daughter was born on that day, I think that speaks for itself. Giving birth is, well, labor, and it was a wonderful day for her- memories.

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Posted by ted tully
a resident of Foothill Place
on Sep 30, 2007 at 5:30 pm


It seems that you are the one on another planet.

Were the Afghanistan trainig camps that were established while Clinton was President a myth? Are bin Laden and the 9/11 attacks a myth? How about our invasion of Afghanistan and the Kazai government? Also myths?


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Posted by Ray
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Oct 1, 2007 at 5:12 pm

Hey Ted, sounds like you listen to Rush "Pain Pills" Limbaugh a little too much. Bush is a joke and so is your letter.

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Posted by ted tully
a resident of Foothill Place
on Oct 4, 2007 at 12:09 pm


The big joke is extreme left, which can't face facts.

Clinton dallied while bin Laden trained terrorists to unleash 9/11. Gore was the best reason for not impeaching Clinton and Kerry is a fraud.

Try to do better this time.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 4, 2007 at 2:09 pm

Oh geez, not another degenerate left vs. right conversation. Yadda yadda, Clinton did this, Bush did that Cheney did this, Gore did that. You all sound like broken records. Doesn't anyone remember the lessons from the book 1984? You're so busy having your hate and fear directed at a fake enemy (ie. the "left" or the "right") by the media and government that you allow yourselves to become enslaved by those who would control you.

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Posted by Janna
a resident of Mission Park
on Oct 4, 2007 at 4:30 pm


The only 'myth' I can think of currently is the one where GWB is a good president. Talk about grand delusions!

I could give you a run down as to why but you've clearly drank the kool-aid so why bother?