Narum best choice for City Council
As the political season heats up again, let me be among those who support Kathy Narum for the vacant City Council seat. Kathy has the commitment, dedication and experience to fill this position.
From my vantage point of a former Pleasanton Downtown Association executive director, I am excited about Kathy's intent to keep our downtown vibrant as well as special and unique with businesses that provide shopping, dining and entertainment. But this is not Kathy's lone concentration. She urges responsible growth, parks and open space as well as fiscal sustainability for our city of planned progress.
These goals are not just pie-in-the-sky; they are possible under Kathy's proven leadership in a broad area from being a planning commissioner (five years), parks and recreation commissioner (five years), involvement in the East Pleasanton Special Plan Task Force, Heritage Tree Board of Appeals, Housing Element Task Force, Hacienda Transit Oriented Development Guidelines Task Force, Bernal Community Park Task Force and president and treasurer of the Pleasanton Seahawks Swim Team board of directors. To sum it all up, there is no better candidate for council than Kathy Narum.
Experience makes Narum best candidate
When I look at the candidates seeking Pleasanton's vacant City Council seat, one name stands out: Kathy Narum. We served on the Parks and Recreation Commission together with the intent of making Pleasanton top-notch not only for our citizens but also for the many sports teams that would use them over the years.
Kathy was the one who not only helped highlight the need to renovate the athletic fields at Amador Valley Community Park but also worked to get the project funded and eventually completed. Her same efforts with the development and completion of Val Vista Park followed. Her knowledge of every neighborhood in Pleasanton, her interest in Pleasanton's parks, trails and open space along with her knowledge of other Pleasanton issues -- financial stability and responsible growth among them -- say we should elect Kathy Narum to Pleasanton City Council.
Thanks to all who've helped youth court
On Feb. 20, the Tri-Valley Youth Court received the honor of being named the City of Dublin's 2012 Organization of the Year. This could not have been accomplished without the amazing support of Dublin Police Services, the Dublin Unified School District, the City of Dublin, the judges who saw the value in our program and, of course, our many volunteers, without whom our program could not exist.
Help stand against lab's nuke madness
It is estimated that the total costs of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex over the next decade will exceed $640 billion! Twenty years after the end of the Cold War, the costs and inherent danger of our nuclear weapons program is putting us all at risk of actual and fiscal annihilation.
We need to bring serious public pressure to bear on the federal agencies and private companies involved in the nuclear weapons complex. We have the ability to bring some of this pressure locally. I will join other citizens at the gates of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, our local nuclear weapons research and design facility, to stand vigil for nuclear disarmament once a month.
The vigil will take place at the lab's East Avenue gate (at East Avenue and Vasco Road) from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on the Friday after the first Thursday of every month. It is a small spark that can hopefully add to a collective fire to end this nuclear madness.
It was voters, not Dems, who dumped Stark
It is amusing to note that as H. Tom Nelson criticizes Thomas Sowell for reinventing history, he is guilty of doing the same.
Democrats did not get rid of Stark. VOTERS got rid of Stark! I am pretty sure that the 47 percent or so of the vote that Stark got was Democrats. Therefore it was a lot of Independents and Republicans, along with enlightened Democrats, who helped get rid of that "geezer," as Nelson calls Stark.
As far as Sowell goes, I appreciate the Times for carrying him. Since I belong to one of the few minorities (Republicans) in the Bay Area that has no political voice representing them, it is nice to have something other than the weather to be proud of. I would also like to thank all of the folks who have written in complaining about Mallard Fillmore. I had quit reading the comics due to strips like Doonesbury. However their liberal whining caused me to check it out; so now I have a comic strip that appeals to me.
David E. Smith
Guns should be regulated like cars
I am reading a book titled "The American Heritage History of the Bill of Rights: The Second Amendment" by Joan C. Hawxhurst (1991)
Warren E. Burger, former Chief Justice of the United States is quoted as saying, "Saturday night specials and machine guns are not recreational weapons and surely are as much in need of regulation as motor vehicles."
An essential facet of the gun violence problem is keeping track of guns. From the time of manufacture on, guns are given serial numbers, as are cars. There is a difference, though: guns do not wear out as do cars, so they accumulate in great numbers. From the date of the first purchase, an owner registration and background check should be required and any subsequent transfer recorded in a national registry. Every owner should be required to reregister annually, just as motor vehicle owners must. Of course, Congress is a problem -- in 1966, it forbade the Centers for Disease Control to use federal money to "advocate or promote gun control."
For an excellent investigative report on the NRA's collusion with the gun manufacturers, read the Feb. 14, 2013, issue of Rolling Stone magazine.
Donald F. King