Keep running, Gene Clare!

Dear Editor:

Many of us have seen Gene Clare running all over Brentwood, greeting people as he goes. What is Gene Clare running from? Actually, Gene is not running from anything, and I believe he is running in the right direction.

Gene, of course, is running for Brentwood City Council, and I think he is the right person for the job. I first met Gene when I was a city arts commissioner years ago. Since then, he helped create the Brentwood Concert Band, the Sing-Along Messiah, the community chorus, and has been involved in many other civic endeavors. He uses his resources, personal and business, to get things done in our community. A Citizen of the Year, he has had a positive influence for many years in Brentwood. Gene Clare will be an excellent councilman, helping to foster and assure the stability and reasonableness of our city's plans. Keep running, Gene -- we're right behind you. Vote for Clare!

Kermit and Hanna Sveen

Brentwood

Thank you to Liberty High supporters

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the 2012-13 Liberty High School Leadership Class, I would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their continuous support of Liberty High School, the Leadership Class and the homecoming tradition that makes Liberty unique among local high schools.

First, we would like to thank Brentwood Florists & Gifts. Its annual donation of flowers for the grand marshals and homecoming court helps to offset a large expense. The traditional "revealing" of the king and queen could not happen were it not for the generous donation of roses from this excellent local business!


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Next, the Leadership program would like to thank His & Hers Formal Wear for providing the tuxedos that our homecoming court princes wore during the rally, parade, game and dance. Annette Beckstrand and her staff always go above and beyond the expectation -- this year getting tuxedos with only a one week turnaround!

For over a decade, Delta Fence Co. has generously donated fencing to Liberty for dances, charity events, and most recently, homecoming. Student safety was ensured by the donation from Delta Fence. We thank Delta Fence for continuing to "pay it forward."

Another organization that ensured the safety of the student body of Liberty and the residents of Brentwood this year, was Bay Area Barricades. Bay Area Barricades donated more than 200 barricades to Liberty enabling us to safely and effectively shut down downtown Brentwood for the annual parade. We are grateful for this donation.

Without the assistance of the Brentwood Police Department and Police Explorers, the yearly homecoming festivities would not be possible. We thank them for going above the call of duty!

Additionally, we would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for the time and effort on our behalf: Steve Barr, for his donation of a flatbed truck upon which our judges and master of ceremonies could host the parade; Shirley Enck, who provided the homecoming court breakfast -- waking in the early hours to create a positive experience for the homecoming court; Ronnie Boyce and the LHS Maintenance Department for their tireless efforts on behalf of Liberty; Wayne Reeves for procuring lights for float building; Kristina Kohler, Carli Lamb, Dave Reinders and John Romeis, for serving as float judges; Curtis Cunningham for serving as our parade announcer at Ohmstead Field; and finally, to Bart Schneider, for serving as our Master of Ceremonies at the homecoming parade.

Thanks also to the downtown Brentwood businesses, who allowed Liberty students to decorate the storefronts along the parade route spreading Liberty spirit throughout the city.

The Liberty homecoming tradition continues because of the support of the Liberty Union High School District employees and board of trustees, as well as the administration of Liberty High School: Pat Walsh, Sara Branstetter, Ilene Foster, Sandra Guardado and Kevin Morris.

Homecoming is a tradition that distinguishes Brentwood from its neighbors, and reminds us all of why we live here. I hope that you will continue to attend such a positive event in the future. Go Lions!

Summer Rodriguez

Director of Student Activities, Liberty High School

Peace festival an inspiring experience

Dear Editor:

The good will and communal joy at the Youth Interfaith Peace Festival held Sept. 22 in celebration of the U.N. sponsored International Day of Peace, was so thick you could cut it with a knife. One attendee, Lonnie Bristow, M.D, former president of the American Medical Association and coordinator of the Peace Pole Project, encapsulated the evening as "not just an event, but an experience." He further added that it was "one of the most moving performances" (he) had attended in decades.

Kudos go to the Rev. Tom Bonacci for being the founder and guiding light of the Interfaith Peace Project, to Kris Widmer and the Antioch Seventh-day Adventist Church for hosting the peace pole dedication and ensuing performance in their splendid sanctuary on the hill, and to the performing groups the White Horse Chorale from the Meher School in Lafayette, the Hilltop Christian Treble Choir and Hand Bell Ringers, the We Mime Ministry from the Grace Bible Fellowship of Antioch, the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter-day Saints Youth Choir, missionary singers and dance ensemble, Jaspreet Rasia and his Indian ensemble, the East County Idols Idara Akpakpa and Nicholas Crossen and the Deer Valley High School Divine Voices.

This festival followed an elegant and blissful event held the night before at the Shared Ministry Congregation in Pittsburg. The Rev. Will McGarvey led that event with a peace pole dedication and concert.

You can access the Antioch performances by going to www.antiochadventist.org. and hitting the link at the bottom of the home page that says Festival of Interfaith Peace.

Walter Ruehlig

Interfaith Peace Project, advisory board member

Freitas can do mayor's job

Dear Editor:

I'm writing to recommend Don Freitas for mayor of Antioch.

Don, in my estimation, is a highly intelligent, accessible, and most importantly, a very caring person. He likes to help people, including "seniors" like myself (I'm an 85-year-old World War II Navy vet and Antioch resident for more than 60 years).

When Vista Diablo Mobile Home Park homeowners (me included) went to him for help during his previous service as mayor of our city, he listened to us and realized immediately that our plight was "just," and that we were being taken advantage of and needed "official" help.

He persuaded the other council members to agree and forcefully led the way, with great skill and diligence, never wavering, and saw our situation through, gaining many significant concessions from the park owners that makes life here in our "senior" park more bearable today. This was done over the course of about five years.

He's a leader who gets things done and is always prepared. He is a public servant who really cares about all of his constituents. Plus, he's a "hometown boy," -- born and raised here. And as a bonus, he's one of the foremost water experts in the area. Please vote for Don Freitas. He's done the job and he'll do the job!

Allen Ives

Antioch

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