Letters • 07-18-2012 | Print |  E-mail

An Open Letter to ‘Mom”

Dear Mom:


I’m glad you asked how things are going here in Castro Valley. Well, you may remember that, although all of us here in the former Golden State want freeways, dams, bridges, levees and good public education, a third of us aren’t willing to pay for these things, so the rest of us have to do without.

And you may remember that our governor – trying his best to keep the state from sinking into the Pacific – took all of the money from local redevelopment agencies (RDAs). He really had little choice. But before he did so, our local RDA put out a contract designed to make Castro Valley the envy of every California town southeast of Needles.

Who needs Livermore, Danville or Pleasanton? We have all of the finest dining establishments, from McDonald’s and Burger King to Togo’s and Taco Bell. We’re really trying to score an Olive Garden, but I guess we’re just not ready to go that up-scale yet.

Besides, nearly a fifth of our downtown businesses have shuttered since the idiotically planned construction began and another third is hanging on by its fingernails.

You know I don’t believe in capital punishment, Mom. But I’m not really opposed to the chopping off of limbs when it comes to cretins like the engineer who planned this project.

It’s not the contractors – it’s the engineer. The county, of course, won’t release his name and I understand he’s now in hiding, fearful for the safety of his arms and legs.

Seriously, Mom, much as he deserves it, I know we can’t mutilate him on the public square. But if there’s anything I can do to make sure he never works again, I’ll do it.

Steven C. Dimick, Castro Valley

Castro Valley’s First Outdoor Movie Night Was a

Success – and There’s More on the Way



By all accounts, the first of four Castro Valley Outdoor Movie Nights was a success! With a crowd of nearly 100 people settling in for the movie, popcorn could be heard popping in the background.

The Rotary Club of Castro Valley wishes to thank our friends and neighbors who came out to enjoy a movie under the stars – right in downtown Castro Valley. You are awesome for showing support for our growing and changing downtown, and we very much look forward to seeing you at our next Outdoor Movie Night.

Join us in the Castro Village Shopping Center on July 26th for a screening of “The Adventures of Tintin.” We’ll be set up in the parking lot near Aran’s Art Studio, one of our Outdoor Movie Night sponsors.

Speaking of sponsors, there’s no time like the present to show these wonderful businesses your love for making these Outdoor Movie Nights possible: Transfiguration Church, Castro Village Shopping Center, Aran’s Art Studio, Knudsen’s Ice Creamery, Alameda County Community Development Center, Castro Valley/Eden Area Chamber of Commerce and Eden Medical Center.

For more information on how you can be a sponsor of this event please contact us at 510-502-5123.

Steve Ontiveros, Castro Valley


Offended by Signs Comparing President Obama to

Hitler and Calling for His Impeachment



I wholly support everyone’s right to free speech, but that does not mean that I have to like what they say.


I don’t know who these characters are who sit out front of the Post Office with their extremely offensive signs comparing President Obama to Hitler and calling for his impeachment.

So, now I am going to exercise my free speech rights to tell them that their behavior is incredibly offensive to a lot of people and so far beyond improper that they should be ashamed of themselves for comparing an American President to one of the most despicable human beings to ever walk this planet.

I am proud to say I voted for President Obama and will do so again this fall but I will be the first to say that I do not agree with everything he has done while President. But he has done nothing to warrant being compared to a mass murderer! And he has done nothing to warrant being impeached!

I did not vote for George Bush and still think that the Supreme Court of the United States did this country a huge disservice in imposing their political beliefs to put him into office. But once he was sworn in as President he was my/our President!

I did not agree with just about anything he did while in office and I used my democratic right to vote against him in 2004. But not once did I compare him to Hitler or any other despicable person in history just because I did not agree with his politics. I supported President Bush because he was my President.

I fully supported the war in Afghanistan. I did not support the war in Iraq because I thought it was the wrong thing to do at that time, but once our President committed our troops to war I fully supported the troops and demanded that they be given everything necessary to win that war.

If the criteria for impeachment is someone not agreeing with a President’s politics or policies, then George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln...would all have been impeached!

David Dryer, Castro Valley

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