As an executive board member of the Tri-Valley Democratic Club, I was disappointed to see our club host Richard Gage to speak about unfounded, alternative interpretations of Sept. 11 ("Architect speaks on collapse of towers," June 22). Out of protest, I and other members did not attend. Though I support free speech, the Tri-Valley Democratic Club should not be used as a forum to advance crackpot theories accepted only by fringe groups and conspiracy theorists.
Instead, our club should have been addressing the issues of the day that concern everyone in the Tri-Valley, from Danville to Livermore: increasing access to health care; providing preschool education for all; making college affordable for tomorrow's leaders; and keeping Livermore's VA Hospital open to treat and care for our brave soldiers of today's war and wars past.
Being associated with 9/11 conspiracy theories damages the group's ability to tackle these more important issues.
Eric M. Swalwell, Dublin
Show both sides
I recognize that your June 22 story on page 6, "Architect speaks on collapse of towers," was reporting on a local meeting event but given the controversial nature of the presentation it would seem appropriate that other scientific studies be referenced that have a different conclusion. An example would be the Purdue University simulation study released on June 12. See the news section of Purdue's Web site at www.purdue.edu.
David Short, Alamo
911, global warming truths
I was encouraged by the publication of Natalie O'Neill's report of the Tri-Valley Democrats meeting last week at which Danville resident Ellis Goldberg, president of the club exposed the facts by inviting Richard Gage of Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth to demonstrate that the impact of the planes couldn't themselves have brought the towers down so quickly. I have a copy of the 911 Report, plus my training as an MS in Chemical Engineering, holding a Professional Engineers License in Texas, long ago led me to the same conclusion. Of course, it's only now that it's safe to reveal such truths, with the ratings of the administration and Congress so low.
That's only half of the story. The myth that current global warming is caused by mankind is equally false. We've had cycles of global warming on our planet for many millenia. Any small portion of the current cycle attributable to mankind can easily be eliminated by return to mass transit.
The voting patterns of our "two party system" more correctly named the Demicans and Republicrats, may lead us to believe that we no longer have a republic, or a democracy, but a rule by which both parties are resorting to forms of inducing paranoia among the public to have their way.
Ralph Hoffmann, Danville
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Likes barista's art
About the story June 22 on the art in Starbucks, I love the art that has been hung at the Danville Starbucks on Railroad Avenue. The art gives a very cozy feeling to the store.
Perhaps the woman who did not like the painting should not frequent that particular Starbucks and allow the rest of us who appreciate art to enjoy. Christopher is an extremely talented artist and should be allowed to share his passion and love of art with our community.
Mary Robertson, Danville
What happened to the art at the Railroad Avenue Starbucks would be pretty funny if it weren't so sad.
A series of over-reactions results in less display space for art. Unfortunately, this is a pattern that has repeated over and over. One minor incident or complaint and public resources disappear. It's easier and safer to shut things down than to find solutions. The net result is that our community is diminished, bit by bit.
Fred Turner, Danville