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Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - February 24, 2012

Letters

Not a record bass

Dear Editor,

The tale of an 18 pound 9 ounce largemouth bass caught Feb. 4 from Shadow Cliffs Reservoir in Pleasanton is being debunked by park rangers. The story in the Pleasanton Weekly said a 13-year old hooked the fish with "a lure" and claimed a lake record. The boy said he began fishing in a cove after he saw a lot of bass in the water and that after getting hooked, the fish "didn't fight that much."

Rangers said numerous witnesses saw the boy wade in to the lake and retrieve a dead fish. It was not weighed at the park or on a certified scale. A park spokesman said they are not acknowledging that fish as a record.

The photo of the fish in the Weekly shows a white-eyed largemouth of good size but it appears to have signs of decay.

Spirit of Toys for Tots

Dear Editor,

I want to thank the Pleasanton Weekly for your time and efforts in providing assistance to the Livermore Pleasanton Firefighters Toys for Tots Community Organization. The Livermore Pleasanton Firefighters have been assisting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves for over 17 years, providing collection centers, sorting toys, and holding community toy drives in the cities of Livermore and Pleasanton. Your participation has been invaluable and helped us achieve our best year ever.

With your generosity of time and resources we collected over 28,000 toys this 2011 Holiday Season. Our local community organization provided toys to needy children in Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, Fremont, Union City, San Leandro and Oakland.

A firefighter has a duty to his community and he fills his duty with honor and hard work, earning respect from his community. With this, firefighters are well respected across the nation as generous, honorable and trustworthy. Your participation in the Livermore Pleasanton Toys for Tots program supports the spirit in which firefighters support their communities. It springs from a genuine concern for the communities they serve and a deep compassion for the under-privileged children of America. That's the side that exemplifies the spirit of the Fire Service. That side is found in the Pleasanton Weekly and in the Livermore Pleasanton Firefighters Toys for Tots Program. Thank you for your team participation.

Capt. Peter Richert, Livermore Pleasanton Firefighters, Toys for Tots Coordinator

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