PFOR says thanks
EDITOR: The members of Petaluma Friends of Recreation want to extend our deep appreciation to Petaluma voters for their backing of Measure X to improve recreation facilities in Petaluma.
Petalumans of all ages came together to support the campaign for improved and new recreational opportunities for our community. This was a rare grassroots initiative that began three years ago and culminated in the Nov. 6 election.
Your vote helped shape a vision of Petaluma that had been absent from public discussion for a long time. You brought to the city's attention the need for better playgrounds, tennis courts, pools, and trails. You highlighted the demand for safe places to play for Petalumans of all ages.
Although Measure X at this time has garnered only 61 percent of the vote and it needed two-thirds, more than 13,000 voters stood up for the belief that good recreation opportunities add to the quality of life of our town, bring tourism, increase revenue, and deserve to be funded.
PFOR hopes you will continue to share that vision, to communicate the need, and to press for the resources needed. Your voice and your engagement will be key.
With much gratitude,
Carol Eber and Debra Sammon, Petaluma, Co-chairs of PFOR
EDITOR: As one of the Petalumans who voted for Mike Healy, Gabe Kearney and Kathy Miller, I want to correct David Glass's perception that I didn't think about my vote (Argus-Courier Week of Nov. 8). I gave my vote a lot of thought. In the case of our City Council I voted for people who have demonstrated that they can listen to their constituents, work with people of diverse opinions, and come to resolutions to move our city forward.
Perhaps Mr. Glass can pay attention to this and learn something for the remainder of his term as mayor.
At best, he has been divisive. In many cases the reports of his behavior in public have shown him to be bombastic, as it was last year during his confrontation with landscapers at Deer Creek (Argus-Courier June 8, 2011), and when he harassed the assistant city clerk days before his election as mayor in October 2010 (Argus Courier, March 3, 2011).
I voted for the candidates whose opinions I may not always share, but I believe they have and will continue to act responsibly with the leadership we've entrusted to them.
Allan Jaffe, Petaluma
Vets parade a success
EDITOR: Thank you to all the 30,000-plus who attended this year's Veterans Day Parade. Without the generous donors of Sonoma County, this parade would not have been possible.
Six members of the U.S. Coast Guard came to my aid and acted as spotters to align all the entrants. There were actually 190 entries. Several had 15-40 vehicles as one entry.
It was great to see several hundred veterans in the parade and the many who lined the route. Hundreds attended the short program after the parade. Special thanks to Celestial City, who sang the Star Spangled.Banner and God Bless America. To Mayor David Glass, Supervisor David Rabbit, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, and Maj. Gen. Gary Medvigy, thank you for your speeches. And, I can not forget all the aircraft flying overhead.