Thanks to all who helped pass for Measure E
On behalf of the students and dedicated employees who comprise the Dublin Unified School District, I am honored and humbled to extend the sincerest thank you for your vote of confidence.
On June 5, when the Dublin community voted "yes" to pass Measure "E," our $99 million school facilities bond, you sent a decisive message of support to every member of our organization. Your approval of the bond will help us complete our plans to fully upgrade facilities across the district and continue to provide technologies that ensure our students are provided the tools necessary for success with 21st century academic content.
We know that your expectations of our schools are high and include all areas of academics, enrichment and athletic programs, student support and wellness services. I assure you that the members of our Dublin USD team continually strive to meet your expectations.
Your vote of confidence in our district inspires us to continue learning and improving ourselves, our work and our service to the students of our community. We believe that strong public schools are one of the single greatest investments that Dublin can make in its future.
Thank you for investing in our kids, our schools and our future.
Dr. Stephen Hanke
Dublin Superintendent Dublin Unified School District
I enjoyed Jeffrey Pfeffer's editorial about health care for all. He began with his argument about how many people died because the blood banks didn't want to spend money screening for the AIDS virus. The same is true for hepatitis C -- which appeared slightly before AIDS. Most of the hepatitis C came back to us from our wars in Southeast Asia; yet screening for hep C didn't happen for many years after it appeared. So there are millions of Americans walking around with hepatitis C who don't even know they have it.
There's an excellent film on the almost criminal lack of concern by the blood banks and government officials called "And the Band Played On." This was the period when Reagan defunded so many government agencies, including or especially those having to do with the health and welfare of the people. This wonderful film showed the struggle that the Centers for Disease Control went through trying to get funding or even to get officials to do anything at all about this disease. It's no wonder that so many people have contracted AIDS and hepatitis C.
Pfeffer is correct. We blatantly ignore the fact that many Americans are dying due to lack of health care or inadequate health care while throwing money and time at matters that do not improve the well-being of our citizens.
Don't stir up plutonium at Big Trees Park
For decades, a toxic groundwater plume has flowed westward from Livermore Lab (a Superfund cleanup site) in the Livermore community aquifer.
The plume's leading edge is filled with volatile organic compounds, such as PCE. The lab plans to pump this toxic water back to its main site for cleanup, but earlier pumping processes lacked necessary strength. Another pumping well has been constructed further west, closer to the plume's edge. Soon, a pipeline will be laid to support the new pump.
Construction will pass along Susan Lane, turn onto Charlotte Way then pass under Charlotte Way to the edge of Big Trees Park, a park with a secret.
Early 1990s soil testing identified elevated levels of plutonium in Big Trees Park. Plutonium, used in atom bombs, is a radioactive, high-energy alpha emitter. One microscopic plutonium particle, inhaled into the lungs, is sufficient to cause cancer.
Pipeline installation is a dirty, dusty business. It will take one month to dig, install and fill in the trench containing the pipeline. Stringent dust suppression measures are planned, but, with plutonium around, dust abatement monitoring is not enough.
The lab needs to install continuous monitors for radio nuclides to alert pipeline workers to the presence of airborne plutonium particles so they can take measures to fully protect themselves and the neighborhood.
With school out, kids and families from nearby homes and apartment complexes should be free to enjoy their park, playgrounds and community pool without fear of the lab's toxic legacy.
Condolences have been appreciated
Sam, Calvin and I would like to thank all of you in the Livermore community (and beyond) that have graciously extended your hand to us during this very difficult time.
Whether you have been keeping us in your thoughts and prayers, have brought us a meal, sent flowers and cards, donated to the Nathan Strube Memorial Fund or have come and cried with us, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Nathan's loss has left a gaping hole in our lives. We hold on to his beautiful memory and strive to live like he did -- happily. Nathan was a friend to many, kind, funny, helpful, uplifting, honest, trustworthy and genuine. May his spirit live on and continue to bless us all. Again, our sincere love and thanks for all you have done for our family.
Sam, Katie, and Calvin Strube
Budget hawks should look at nuke spending
As millions across this nation continue to suffer economic hardship, all levels of government are faced with budget shortfalls, often facing agonizing choices over which critical social, educational and economic support programs to cut.
Meanwhile shrill pundits decry "wasteful" government. Yet how many of these self-styled fiscal conservatives will take a whack at our bloated nuclear weapons budget?
From 2000 to 2012 the number of nuclear warheads in our stockpile decreased from 10,600 in 2000 to 4,700 today, a good thing. Nevertheless, the nuclear weapons budget went up, and this trend is projected to continue.
The current (FY2013) $7.6 billion budget request amounts to $1.7 million per warhead, nearly four times what we paid to maintain each warhead in the stockpile in 2000.
Physicist Robert Civiak, a former nuclear weapons program budget examiner, suggests that common-sense budget reductions of $1.5 billion would bring us to 2000 spending levels (adjusted for inflation) yet keep the stockpile safe and reliable. (http://www.trivalleycares.org/new/FY2013BudgetAnalysis.pdf). Ask Sens. Feinstein and Boxer and your U.S. representative to cut the real waste in government.