‘Cradle of Liberty’ inspires ‘citizen-soldier’
I was thrilled that Bruce Barton’s excellent story “‘Cradle of Liberty’ inspires gratitude, call to action” (July 11) was featured on the front page of the Town Crier. My husband and I attended the July 4 ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the “Cradle of Liberty” statue’s installation in Shoup Park, and Barton’s article beautifully captured the spirit of that special event.
While all the speakers were moving (Judge Socrates “Pete” Manoukian’s story brought me to tears), sculptor Rebecca Truman’s speech was so powerful that I left the event feeling inspired to work harder to become, as she put it, a “citizen soldier.”
Truman’s talk ended with her challenging us to pay particular attention to the following: “gerrymandering, lobbyists in the backroom of government, corporations with profits-at-all-costs mentalities and global warming.” She asked that we “get uncomfortable and change the world” by letting our elected representatives know where we stand on these important issues.
The last issue, global warming, really resonated with me, as I am a volunteer in the grassroots organization Citizens’ Climate Lobby – laser-focused on lobbying Congress to enact carbon-fee and dividend legislation. I guess, in some sense, I already am a “citizen soldier.” Are you?
Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteer
O’Keefe Lane land better option for LAH
I see that the Los Altos Hills City Council is considering doing more construction around town hall to provide for recreational and other uses (“LAH council explores town hall update,” July 11). But I believe there is a much better option available – namely, a large triangular area of existing town land that is totally undeveloped but can be made accessible by building a vehicular bridge over Purissima Creek next to 24970 O’Keefe Lane.
That will lead to a relatively flat area with ample room for a football or soccer field, tennis courts, multiuse buildings and perhaps some picnic tables under the trees next to Adobe Creek. It is also slated to have a pathway connection to Foothill College through a tunnel under the adjacent Interstate 280.
Los Altos Hills
PAAS volunteers assert shelter is ‘clean and safe’
With reference to the Town Crier letter from Terri Valenti, vice president of Friends of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter (“Palo Alto should preserve joint animal services,” July 11): Currently, we are two of many volunteers at Palo Alto Animal Services, and we strongly disagree with the statement that the shelter was, or is, “cramped, unsanitary and potentially dangerous for animals.”
The animal-control officers, veterinarian, all staff and fellow volunteers at PAAS are the most dedicated, trained, compassionate and professional people. The animals in their care are their top priority. Our open-admission shelter serves Palo Alto, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, and though it may not be a fancy refuge, it is a clean and safe environment for our abandoned and lost pets.
Volunteers visit daily to exercise and socialize with the adoptable animals. The indoor/outdoor enclosures provide our dogs and rabbits with choices for warm sun baths or cool, shady areas. Our cats have individual enclosures and two social playgrounds. We provide a clean and loving rest stop for many birds, reptiles, guinea pigs and even an occasional goat!
We aim to place each animal to become part of a loving family. While it is true there are many issues as the city of Palo Alto is very slowly trying to transition PAAS into a “public-private partnership” and the process seems endless, those of us at PAAS remain upbeat and will always provide our animal friends with the love and clean shelter each one of them deserves.
Please visit us and consider adoption!
Amanda Brotzel and Kim Halliday