I am shocked and deeply concerned about the decision to close Hidden Villa's 12-day residential camp. As a conflict-resolution specialist, I trust that a "creative third way" is possible — whereby the camp for adolescents could be saved and Hidden Villa's other vital programs can prosper.
I envision a collaborative process, involving representatives of the Hidden Villa board, administration and devoted camp stakeholders. A groundswell of former Hidden Villa counselors is organizing an intensive and impressive effort to save the camp (visit their Web site at www.savehvcamp.org).
Their campaign includes a petition, request for financial pledges and calls/e-mails to the Hidden Villa board/executive director before Hidden Villa's June 22 board meeting.
With hundreds recently attending the 60th anniversary Hidden Villa camp reunion, engagement of the camp-support community is vital to charting the future of Hidden Villa's camp. What an opportunity for Hidden Villa's leadership, as well as for 60 years (and generations) of camp supporters, to join with the activated group of ex-counselors.
Josephine Duveneck's spirit, values and unstoppable energy live on in these inspiring young leaders of today's and tomorrow's world. They are gifting Hidden Villa camp and the community with their S.O.S.
Let's not disappoint them and ourselves in neglecting to respond immediately to their "call for community help."
Los Altos Hills
Gunn bus possibilities
The Palo Alto Unified School District has a great chance to respond to "An Inconvenient Truth." A project to provide bus service to Gunn High School students from the Stanford campus has been carefully crafted and is on the district's desk. There is no bus service at present.
This project uses existing resources to furnish mass transit instead of having individual cars drive from the campus during commute hours. This bus would not cost the district money — instead it would bring in additional thousands in revenue.
The "Reconfiguration of the J Route" for next fall is one positive action to prevent global warming. Our Web site is http://users.arczip.com/gmieg2/SAFBG/SAFBGHome.html.
Stanford Area Families Bus Group
La Para Avenue
Thanks to the Weekly for hiring Diana Diamond. She will add stature to its coverage of Palo Alto.
While I didn't always agree with her, I thought her articles (in the Palo Alto Daily News) were well-researched and thoughtfully presented. It will be a pleasure to read her penetrating analyses of the foibles of our city government.
Thanks to Nancy McGaraghan for her column underscoring the need to let fathers know that they count (Weekly, June 14). The Dads Count Breakfast she described was a joint effort of San Mateo County Supervisor Jerry Hill and the San Mateo County Health Department in support of the Fatherhood Collaborative of San Mateo County. The keynote speaker was Mike Nolan, Head Coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
It is the goal of the Fatherhood Collaborative to ensure that all fathers are involved in the lives of their children, not only on Father's Day but throughout the year. It is critical to let fathers know that they are important, that their children will thrive and prosper so much more successfully if they have close and warm relationships with both parents.
As a collaborative, we work to eliminate the barriers that sometimes prevent fathers from getting involved. Some of those barriers, in addition to the ones McGaraghan alluded to, include cultural issues, economic challenges and legal questions.
The Dads Count Breakfast is the day on which we showcase a successful father, in this case Mike Nolan, and encourage others to follow his lead. For more information about the Fatherhood Collaborative, please visit our Web site at www.fatherhoodcollaborative.org.
Eve M. Agiewich
Coordinator, Fatherhood Collaborative
El Camino Real
Connect the dots
"Once we had a president who lied to congress to start a war. We drove him from office. Once we had a president whose campaign committed crimes to reelect him. We drove him from office.
Now we have a president who did both. We know what to do: Impeach him." — Velvet Revolution.us.
However, recently the Palo Alto Human Relations Commission (HRC) declined to support a group of 25 people who asked them to give wings to a well-written resolution to impeach. Please read it for yourself and let the HRC know how you feel about its decision (www.impeachbush.tv/impeach/res_city.html).
According to the National Priorities Project Web site, Palo Alto has forgone at least $133.8 million due to war expenditures. And we are told we will be challenged by future "revenue plunges."
Once we connect the dots, how can we as a city not take a few hours to challenge the perpetrators?
We understand that the balance in Congress is skewed mainly due to Tom DeLay and changes in representation from Texas which he manufactured. So impeachment is not likely to pass. We also understand that we could end up with Condi or worse, if we do get rid of Bush and Cheney.
But somehow, given that elections are coming up, not to make our knowledge and values clear is reprehensible.
Barb Allen Dawson
Our Representative Anna Eshoo voted against the majority in Congress to keep net neutrality. Now, Senator Boxer sits on the key committee that will vote on a bipartisan Internet Freedom Act, S.2917.
We need Boxer to vote yes. Compare beloved local bookstores like Menlo Park's Kepler's and Berkeley's Cody’s Books that understand and support Bay Area culture to large franchises such as Amazon or Borders that seek to homogenize us into one big consumer group.
Internet operators are lobbying Congress to give them more control over what we can see and do online. Please urge Boxer to help us keep the World Wide Web free by voting yes on S.2917.
East Palo Alto
President Bush is not in touch with the American people anymore, so you can't tell anything to somebody who is not listening.
But all the people who want to be elected next election should know that public broadcasting should neither be tampered with nor suppressed and it is considered sacred.
NPR and PBS funding and global warming will be the two questions around which people will vote for or against their candidates.
The fate of NPR and PBS
The Republican-led Congress has an agenda to end funding for NPR and PBS in two years. This would be a tragedy for the country.
Some of the best programs for adults and children are carried on these networks. Commercial television and cable do not supply the need for probing and inspiring broadcasts.
Ending funding by the Republican-controlled Congress is a way for the far right wing to stifle dissent and uplifting cultural programming.
I urge my fellow citizens to oppose the Republican Congress vehemently.
Eugene P. DeForrest
East Palo Alto