Danville Express

Perspective - January 12, 2007

Letters to the editor

Host a French student

Dear Editor:

I enjoy reading the Weekly and seeing the paper show up around the world as my neighbors travel. Since your readers seem to enjoy international experiences, they might want to host a French student for a couple of weeks next month.

This is the fifth year I will be hosting teenagers from the south of France, and I am looking for more host families for the short two-week period from Feb. 9-23. These kids range in age from 14 through 18 and attend school in Beziers at the Jean Moulin Lycee. They will be traveling with their English teachers and have a full itinerary of activities during the weekdays.

This foreign hosting opportunity offers an easy exposure to international lifestyles. It is also a great chance for us to share our wonderful valley with some great kids. If anyone is interested or needs further information, please call me at 984-7691, or send an e-mail to k.dimler@sbcglobal.net, or e-mail directly to group teacher Martine Causse at caussefly@wanadoo.fr.

The Rotary Club in Beziers as well as their school helps the teens to organize the trip for the students. Give me a call and help me show them our Tri-Valley hospitality.

Kevin Dimler, Danville

Letters to the editor

Test welfare recipients

Dear Editor:

The Danville Weekly, mailed free to homes in Danville, Blackhawk, Diablo and Alamo, is a logical forum between your readers and Contra Costa County District 3, as these communities represent a large portion of that district. Supervisor Mary Piepho, representing us, has her main office a few steps from your offices, further reason for that forum. Board of Supervisors' meetings are televised on CCTV.

The largest portion of county taxes are derived from property taxes and, as District 3 has relatively high property valuations, a disproportionately high share of county income comes from us readers. The largest portion of county expenses goes to Health and Welfare.

Like many folks in Danville, our county and state, we work at jobs, or, if retired, receive pensions and Social Security from when we worked, paying taxes on that income to governmental bodies who distribute our taxes as they see fit. Many employers have zero tolerance policies or require random urine or blood tests for drugs or alcohol, with which I have no problem. Failing can mean immediate termination.

I have a problem with distribution of taxes to people who don't have to pass these tests to get health or welfare benefits. I have nothing against helping people get back on their feet. I do have a problem helping someone who just sits on their butt. Can you imagine the taxes we would save if people had to pass zero tolerance screening to get a public assistance check!

Ralph Hoffmann, Danville


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