Like most Pleasanton readers, I agree with a recent letter from Debbie Wallace about the "negative and very one-sided" writings of the out-of-touch Tim Hunt of "Tim Talk."
In his recent column, Hunt gives praise to Trump on the development of the COVID-19 vaccine, despite Trump's many failures to act responsibly to fight the pandemic (currently 379,000 deaths in the U.S. on Trump's watch).
Hunt moves on to local politics and casts doubt on the abilities of our newly elected slow-growth leaders. The conservative PW has consistently endorsed pro-growth and conservative-backed candidates, as in November 2020. The voters want better representation and real change.
Our top choices were Mayor Karla Brown (winning with over 18,000 votes), and Councilmember Valerie Arkin (winning with over 15,400 votes). These voters are your readers and customers.
It is time these popular grass-roots candidates were better represented by your paper. Both Brown and Arkin will work with Councilmember Testa, who is doing a fine job representing the majority of Pleasanton.
January 2021 is an opportunity to push the reset button after the disastrous 2020. It is time to retire the Tim Talk column and replace Hunt with a writer that is more positive, less biased and less divisive.
Your paper is looking for customers and our family supports local journalism through a monthly contribution to the PW. If you want to keep your readers, provide us with a voice that speaks for us, the majority of Pleasanton residents.
-- George Reid
On Jan. 10, Livermore Indivisible held a meeting with Congressman Eric Swalwell, in which he expressed his commitment for additional pandemic relief as well as democracy reforms and his support for progressive legislation.
The meeting was part of Indivisible's "The People Lead" national week of action. After four years of speaking out against President Trump's policies, and ultimately helping to defeat him in the November election and building nationwide grassroots power to help take back the House in 2018 and key Senate seats in 2020, Indivisible groups are asking their members of Congress to enact democracy reform including "For the People Act" and "John Lewis Voting Rights Act, D.C." statehood and court reform, and to champion bold progressive bills to address serious issues our nation faces.
In his remarks, Congressman Swalwell stated his commitment to prioritize the democracy reforms. When we asked, he affirmed that he is absolutely willing to join the Congressional Progressive Caucus as he ages out of Future Forum, the caucus he founded in 2015.
He stated that the new Biden administration's immediate top priority is addressing COVID-19 and especially vaccination, while the congressman's own policy priority is to end gun violence to keep kids safe in their schools.
Congressman Swalwell spoke to us as he returned to Washington, D.C. to address impeachment of Trump after the deadly events at the Capitol on Jan. 6. The congressman spoke about the need to unite to hold accountable those responsible for this attack and ongoing security concerns with the inauguration.
-- Marla Kirby
Developments increase fire risk at Yosemite
It is said each person is six people away from someone they need to reach. Are you that person? Large developments are threatening many national parks.
Right now, it's happening on the Highway 120 corridor near Yosemite, unless two developments can be stopped immediately. Years ago, John Muir enlisted Theodore Roosevelt's help to preserve pristine areas for future generations. There are already commercial developments around most national parks.
Without a moratorium established and a "10-mile safety zone," these parks will experience continuing intrusion by developers. As these parks are grappling with increasing crowds, developers and adjoining counties seek to expand their bottom line at great risk to public and the environment.
Gateways near national parks should see no further development. Development without adequate fire protection will cost lives and destroy the environment. Go to www.SaveSawmillMountain.com and learn more, donate, get involved and pass the word.
-- Margene Rivara
Tim Hunt article
After reading Tim Hunt's article a few weeks ago, I was ready to never read the Pleasanton Weekly again. I was disturbed that the Weekly would place an article of this nature inside the front page. Several readers have responded much more articulately than I can muster. I am thankful and encouraged by the response of my fellow Pleasantonians.
The article was full of half-truths and illogical inferences. His assumptions that young children would be forever damaged by the policies of our governor to reduce COVID spread. I have a high regard for our children and their ability to overcome adversity. These are difficult times for everyone. We don't benefit from hate-filled rhetoric or fear-mongering.
-- Emelie Rogers
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