With all of the bad news we hear about the recession, sometimes it is important to think about people who have had problems bigger than ours even before our economic meltdown.
Every year at my school, a charity organization called Heifer International comes to explain about the hardships in life people encounter in other areas of the world, such as Africa. Heifer International goes on to explain how a simple donation could change many lives. What Heifer International does is collect donations from people, and then purchases different kinds of livestock and plants. These materials are then sent to different impoverished communities.
By doing this, Heifer International does more than simply give food to these communities, it gives a source of food that can constantly be relied on and won't just run out. Furthermore, when an animal such as an egg-laying chicken reproduces, the gift is spread to other people, for the offspring can now be given to another family.
Our class alone procured around $150 for this organization, and there are as many as 25 different classes participating in this fundraiser. That's $3,750 all from one school! So think about it. If everyone in the community donated just $5, we could have a huge sum of money to improve the lives of others.
Mitchell Marvin, Diablo Vista Middle School
Name-calling in Alamo
Regarding Chris Kenber's quote that "Alamo is a somewhat selfish community of relatively wealthy people" in an article March 13 in the Danville Weekly about the incorporation, which lost.
What is it? Sour grapes or what? We have lived in Alamo for 12 years. We chose to live here because of the peacefulness and rural atmosphere of the area. We have worked hard all our lives and I resent calling us a "selfish community."
The "wealthy people of Alamo" are not immune to the current economic climate. In fact, that was a very important reason why we voted not to incorporate. Who knows what will happen in this time of uncertainty? Now is not the time for incorporation.
The people of Alamo have spoken loud and clear and it is up to everyone to live with this decision. I wonder what we would have been called had the incorporation passed.
Helen Momaney, Alamo
The right to be left alone
It's instructive to listen to words spoken in the aftermath of a campaign because people often let slip their true feelings. A leading advocate for incorporation stated, "Alamo is a somewhat selfish collection of relatively wealthy people" and characterized residents as "... scared and when they are scared, they do irrational things."
The only thing we were "scared" of was having the likes of your organization running our rural community into the ground. You misled petition signers by stating your intention was only a study; the minute the "loaded" study was concluded, you made a run for incorporation without a single public debate or examination of any of the true issues. In short, you tried to slam-dunk the voters. Proof? Out of 3,200 signers, the total who voted for Measure A was 2,400.
Your response to any commentary or attempts to ask legitimate questions was to demonize the opponents, calling them liars and scare-mongers, and by trying to intimidate them.
Your motives for "volunteering" to help Alamo are revealed by your current "now that we've been defeated, we might just pick up our marbles and go home" attitude. We didn't ask you to volunteer. Positioning yourselves as "defenders" of Alamo from the "evil" County government was not an honorable way to ask for a vote to install you as a new and certainly more unpleasant layer of government.
We're through with attempts to divide this independent, friendly and well meaning community of intelligent individuals. We have a right to be left alone to live our individual dream.
Stephen Heafey and Denise M. Padovani, Alamo
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