Super patriot Nicholas Yakoubovsky (Letters, March 16) does not sound like the descendant of a Founding Father. They immediately divided into Federalists and States Righters and fought acrimonious battles over how to interpret the document they had written. Both sides paraded, carried the flag, and celebrated the Fourth of July with picnics and political stump speaking. The Democratic and Republican parties emerged from the political wrangling needing to be comfortable with the new concept of government ruled by "we the people." A Fourth of July parade without the two political parties marching together to celebrate their union as Americans would be a curious affair.
As for the social vermin Yakoubovsky abhors, does he refer to the rights of women in the workplace that the ACLU has defended? Is he referring to the ACLU defense of immigrant rights - something Mr. Yakoubovsky's name indicates his forebears welcomed? Is he referring to gays and lesbians? One of each seems to pop up in every family in some generation. Who are these "social vermin"? They are all children of some American, for sure. His acerbic attack on Communists is a generation late; he seems stuck in the 1950s, 1960s or 1970s.
Let Yakoubovsky attend his sterile parade devoid of the continuing struggle to keep this the home of the free and the brave. Americans, coming from all over the world, continue to defend the ideals of the Declaration of Independence. I say, wave the flag, beat the drum, shout for the freedom to do, to be, and to love the diversity of this country. And we must continue to respect the organizations we have formed to keep this country civil and proud.
Peggy Radford Rubin and Barney Rubin, Danville; Jan and Richard Bergamini, Alamo; Marilyn Bocker, Walnut Creek; Judy Link, Diablo
Consider troops safety
I am enraged with the vote to cut funding and impose a deadline for troop withdrawal. The House and Senate are so consumed with getting President Bush that they have failed to consider the safety of our troops or the message they have sent terrorists - just wait a year and they will tuck their tails and run. Not only have they endangered our fine young men and women but they have also put every one of us in jeopardy. When will those who have been chosen to lead, lead?
Carol Dodd, Danville
'Fool' speaks out
April Fools' Day has its origin in France as the Christian churches came to that country and changed New Year's Day. Appropriately, before that result, April 1 was New Year's Day and the Christians labeled all that celebrated as FOOLS.
In Alamo, over my 22 years in residence, a select group of exceptional humorists have celebrated New Year's Day on April 1 in recognition of the foolishness that is our culture and our politics. Mostly, we "foreigners" from Silicon Valley and related technology areas throughout the Bay Area could not be part of Alamo's very unique culture so we formed a celebration of our global viewpoint and laughed heartedly at our contrasts to a local culture. We deserve to laugh at ourselves.
As the "foreigners" increase in Alamo, the former culture is declining into a handful that is less than 7 percent of Alamo. Our heritage of such a unique culture needs to be appreciated for its rural origins and very restrained conduct. But I would hope that it doesn't convert into a Tradition better described as the excuses we make for the silly things we do repeatedly.
The Alamo Towne Fool is growing, not by its foolishness, but by its more global reality. Let me be the first to wish all in Alamo, "Happy New Year," April 1, 2007.
Hal Bailey, As part of Halamo, The Alamo Towne Fool