I wrote the following letter to Assemblyman Guy Houston:
Your announcement to run against Supervisor Mary Piepho is, in my opinion, a despicable move against someone who was once your friend, a supporter, a staff member and a person who once stood behind you. Anyone who would "stab a friend in the back" and look to take away her career is someone who cannot be trusted.
I believe someone who would turn against a friend is someone who would turn against the voting public. I'd like to let you know that you have shocked and disappointed a lot of your friends, constituents, citizens, community leaders and undecided voters, and many local veterans who honor the value of loyalty to friends and comrades.
You selected our Danville Veterans Hall to make your announcement. I believe this was to subliminally send a message that all veterans are behind you, certainly not the case. As a matter of fact, it has and will backfire.
Furthermore, it is unethical to seek the endorsements of prominent members of our community who already support Piepho - the gall of you to seek their support to endorse you and to go against her! This decision of yours is unbelievable and beyond most of our community's comprehension of morality and professional ethics.
So, Assemblyman Houston, the professional and moral thing for you to do is to resign your efforts against Piepho and come to her support as she would do for you if the situation were reversed. This can be done with full dignity of the leadership qualities that I believe you have.
This message is sent to you with all due respect, in hopes that you will see your decision as a terrible career error. If you choose to not reverse your announcement, I assure you Piepho will certainly be re-elected, and the friendships you once earned will never be regained.
David Miller, Danville
House on the hill an asset to Alamo
This home (Aug. 17, "What's with the house on the hill?") is an asset to Alamo. Those who have visited Europe and appreciated and admired the ancient architecture can appreciate what is being replicated historically. There are so many homes being built that are huge, done to impress but are faux copies of classic design. They will look dated in a few years. This home is, in fact, authentic to Tuscan architecture.
One can only admire the creativity, dedication , physical labor and energy Kelly Adamic has put personally into his home. He humbly just wants to build his vision for himself. He graciously gave me tours when I visited several times and took the time to explain what was going into the home (as he patiently did for so many people).
I would encourage those who are vocally critical to visit museums and gain an appreciation of historical designs. There are so many people in need in the world that this critical energy could be directed to making the world a better place, if even in some small way.
Bonnie McNamara, Alamo (posted at DanvilleWeekly.com)
Thanks to preschool
I want to acknowledge the teachers and staff at Kindercare in Danville and the difference they have made in my daughter's life. From the moment I met Miss Michelle (the equivalent of the Horse Whisperer for toddlers), the director when we started, and her staff I was put at ease. Now, almost three years later, we are leaving and I want to thank these wonderful people that made a difference in the life of my child and many others.
My sincere thanks to:
* Miss Jesse for teaching my daughter that we would be back to pick her up, how to wave at the window, for feeding her breakfast, and for teaching us how to leave the building;
* Miss Nelly for caring for my daughter during her frequent ear infections and for carrying her around the school yard to comfort her;
* Miss Melody and Miss Brandy for being so fun;
* Miss Shannon for drawing Cinderella, Ariel, and assorted Disney princesses;
* Miss Usha for being centered, experienced with children, and wonderful with parents;
* Miss Bridgette and Miss Katie for potty training my daughter, bless you, and being patient with a new parent;
* Miss Bonnie for the rules and the structure of her class;
* Miss Jyoti and Miss Aliciea for teaching my daughter about the big beautiful world and opening my daughter's mind;
* Miss Erin for teaching her HOP and how to read;
* Miss Becky for teaching her tap and ballet, a love of music, and how to express herself;
* Mr. Justin for demonstrating a good male role model for little girls and boys; and
* Miss Mary, the current director, who has brought everything full circle, demonstrates her values, and who walks the talk everyday; she always gives 110 percent.
The Cavallis: Steve, Tonya York and Tea'
You asked whether the community suffers from traffic pollution because of the lack of school buses. Yes, it does. I live directly between John Baldwin Elementary and Charlotte Wood schools and the traffic every school day is unbelievable. Some days I can barely get out of my driveway.
Mary Ann Black, Danville