5 letters on the Fourth festivities, food trucks, heroic pit bulls and the sexual abuse of children - Morgan Hill Times: Letters To The Editor

5 letters on the Fourth festivities, food trucks, heroic pit bulls and the sexual abuse of children

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Posted: Monday, June 25, 2012 1:47 pm

’Shocked’ after hearing the July 4th street dance is  moving away from downtown

Dear Editor,

My husband and I were shocked and disappointed when we heard the July 4th Street Dance was being moved.

This event has long been our favorite event in Morgan Hill. It’s a great way to celebrate our beautiful downtown and moving it to the Community Center will completely change the feel of the festival and will do an injustice to our local businesses that we should be supporting.

Please bring it back to Monterey Road where it belongs!!

Beth Adames, Morgan Hill

Way to go Morgan Hill … moving the street dance a clear message to downtown

Dear Editor,

Way to go Morgan Hill … How many times now have you told the businesses downtown to go to hell.

Moving this downtown celebration is yet another way to say that, and the Morgan Hill government displaying its lack of common sense and civic pride isn’t helping its reputation!

Wouldn’t it be so much better to have downtown businesses thanking you for your SUPPORT!


Paul Nellis, Morgan Hill

Countless heroic pit bulls, and clearly and uneducated comment on the breed

Dear Editor,

I’d like to comment on the OUR VIEW – JEERS published in the June 22 Morgan Hill Times in relation to the story on the two pit bulls that attacked a horse.

As an owner of horses and two pit bulls, and an animal lover in general, I was sad to read about the injuries to the horse and even sadder to hear the poor animal had to be put down. However, I totally disagree with the statement made in OUR VIEW that the pit bull breed is dangerous and needs to be regulated. I was disappointed and surprised to see such a prejudiced statement in print.

There is no proof that any breed of dog is dangerous. There are irresponsible owners, bad breeders and inbreeding issues in many dog breeds. To single out one canine breed is similar to singling out one race. Every dog is different, just as every person is different.

I adopted two pit bulls from the local shelter: “Mack” and “Shyla” are both sweet and affectionate; even though it’s obvious Shyla was mistreated by her previous owner. I take Mack with me everywhere as an ambassador for the breed.  He’s also a certified therapy dog.

To help educate the editor of OUR VIEW, I’d like to provide the following information: pit bull breeds have become famous for their roles as soldiers, police dogs, search and rescue dogs and therapy dogs. Notable bullies include President Theodore Roosevelt’s dog “Pete”, “Jack Brutus” who served for Company K in the Civil War, and Sgt. Stubby, one of the most well-known hero pit bulls of WWI and the first decorated canine war hero. He was even awarded a Purple Heart after being injured by shrapnel.

Recent significant pit bulls are “Weela” winner of the 1993 Dog Hero of the year award for saving 30 people, 29dogs, 13 horses and a cat, “Popsicle”, a 5-month-old puppy originally found nearly dead in a freezer, who grew to become one of the nation’s most important police dogs, “Norton”, placed in the Purina Animal Hall of Fame after he rescued his owner from a severe reaction to a spider bite, “D-Boy”, who took three bullets to save his family from an intruder with a gun, “Diamond”, “Buddy”, “Chief”, “Bonnie”, all heroes … and list goes on and on.

Breed profiling and breed-specific statements are a sign of ignorance and misunderstanding. The Times should not help spread paranoia. One of my favorite quotes sums up the plight of pit bulls. “We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them”.

There are countless stories about pit bulls being heroes for their guardians, other animals or even strangers. There’s no doubt about it: Our best friends are also true American heroes.

Deb Blanchard, San Martin

Sexual abuse of children rampant and the emotional scars left last a long time

Dear Editor,

The trial of former Ohio State football coach Jerry Sandusky should be an eye opener and red flag to the community.

Child sex abuse is rampant, and research suggests that one in six males is sexually abused. Behaviors as a result of childhood sexual trauma can be very severe and dysfunctional.

As adults, survivors often suffer from feelings such as depression, anxiety, confusion, guilt and shame. Most survivors live in fear and shame, to the point of suicide. I myself, know these feelings all to well. I was abused as a child by a neighbor whom I trusted. I know what it’s like to feel the shame, guilt and despair that comes with being abused as a child. Please use the coverage of this trial to remember that there is a silent epidemic of young boys being abused. Use it to be aware of your own children’s behavior. Help in the fight to end childhood sexual abuse.

One day, we will no longer suffer in silence. I hope that the Sandusky trial is the beginning of a paradigm shift in the way perpetrators will be held accountable. Please, if anything, just be aware that there are many many survivors amongst us, who should not have to suffer any longer.

Victim’s name withheld by request

Addition of food trucks and new street dance venue a slap to local businesses

Dear Editor,

I’d I would like to comment on the change of venue for the July 4th Street Dance and the associated comments made in the Morgan Hill Times. The comment that instigated this response is: “Cheers for the great addition to one of our community’s best events of the year. Food trucks are coming to the Freedom Fest”. Sounds great doesn’t it?

Well, I look it at from a different point of view. I think it’s pretty simple really. Do we as Morgan Hillians value and celebrate our local businesses? The very local businesses which support our community all year long, the businesses that give us gift certificates, donations and club sponsors. The businesses that collect and pay sales tax, the businesses that pay property taxes all year long. In short, the businesses that support our community.

When the July 4th Street Dance was moved from Monterey Street to the community center I was disheartened as I know that many of the shops and stores on Monterey need the “shot in the arm” this huge event provides every year just before we swing into that long slow period know as “vacation season” in Morgan Hill. But to have the Morgan Hill Times rejoice in the fact that out of town businesses, who aren’t a part of community, are hailed by the very newspaper that is struggling to survive because everybody is now getting their news from an outside source is, to me, akin to “Fiddling while Rome” burns. Sorry to say, Jeers to your Cheers Morgan Hill Times!

Brad Jones, President, BookSmart

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  • Patty posted at 2:16 pm on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    Patty Posts: 3

    Thanks to all who commented on the July 3rd Freedom dance being moved.
    Please take it one step further and let the Freedom Fest. Committee hear your views, they are tired of hearing from us downtown merchants. Next year needs to be downtown, let them know ...

  • Tony_R posted at 2:16 pm on Mon, Jul 9, 2012.

    Tony_R Posts: 79

    Deb Blanchard, you wrote: "There is no proof that any breed of dog is dangerous."

    That is patently false. The American Kennel Club keeps statistics on dog bites and attacks by breeds, and there are numerous other sources that show pit bulls to be the most dangerous and destructive by a long, long shot — so much so that the province of Ontario Canada has banned breeding and importation of the breed and requires spaying/neutering of existing dogs. At the owner's option, dogs may also be euthanized or removed from the province. When the people who pay for medical and law enforcement services see the bills racked up by pit bulls, making the decision to ban them becomes a no-brainer.

  • Frank Manocchio posted at 3:25 pm on Tue, Jun 26, 2012.

    Frank Manocchio Posts: 46

    The City/RDA spent millions to acquire property downtown, $3M+ for Third Street,and over $300K for a "Downtown Visioning" process, all for the purpose, ostensibly, to revitalize the "downtown." So, why are they moving events out of the "downtown"?

    Finally, while food trucks may be fun and trendy, I would have to agree w/ Mr. Jones regarding the
    long term commitment of our local brick & mortar establishments. The sad reality is that there are relatively few business models that are viable in our downtown, given the constrains of demographics, scale, etc. This seems to me to be another missed opportunity to support our downtown merchants.

    The irony is that when the City Council chose the architect for the downtown visioning project, they squandered an opportunity to keep the money in town and support a local business, Mr. Weston's.
    I recall that Mr. Weston was much aggrieved over their choice to not support a local business and addressed the Council regarding their decision

    Unfortunately, I guess at the end of the day, the operative model is to: Talk local and shop elsewhere.

  • raider13 posted at 2:14 pm on Tue, Jun 26, 2012.

    raider13 Posts: 23

    Hey Charles,

    Way to encourage people to volunteer. Who wouldn't want to work with someone who belittles them for disagreeing with them. Sign me up, I want to re live catholic school again.

  • fredoliveri posted at 1:41 pm on Tue, Jun 26, 2012.

    fredoliveri Posts: 285

    First yancey I call them as I see them. As for anything intellitgent, you would not recognize an intelligent thoght it it bit you. No one ikes you.

  • WilliamYancey posted at 1:10 pm on Tue, Jun 26, 2012.

    WilliamYancey Posts: 390

    I wish you would post something intelligent once in a while, fred. I've yet to see that from you. Personal attacks? Why don't you call some more people Marxists and tell them to move to Cuba? Oh, you're soooo above personal attacks, right? Shut your worthless mouth.

  • fredoliveri posted at 9:35 am on Tue, Jun 26, 2012.

    fredoliveri Posts: 285

    yancey, I saw some post from you this week that looked intelligent. I was shocked. Then this, back to your old tricks again. Off subject and a personel attack.

  • WilliamYancey posted at 11:16 pm on Mon, Jun 25, 2012.

    WilliamYancey Posts: 390

    "I do not understand..." That's redundant coming from you, fred.

  • fredoliveri posted at 10:56 pm on Mon, Jun 25, 2012.

    fredoliveri Posts: 285

    I do not understand berating Brad Jones for offering up an opinion that I would guess represents a good segment of Morgan HIll. He has an opinion and Charles threw stones at it for what I felt meaningless diatribe.
    From the survery posted this week on the change in venue for the dance coupled with the Times leading a cheer for garbage trucks (another term other than roach coarch) providing food from outsite vendors when we have plenty in Morgan Hill. I could easily name a few.and so could Brad..

  • Charleswstn posted at 8:30 pm on Mon, Jun 25, 2012.

    Charleswstn Posts: 1

    Dear Brad,

    Perhaps throwing out your letter to the editor and the public without much current thinking you might consider calling me at 779-6686 and discuss this first before your tasteless/uninformed remarks. I used to think 30 years ago that your inflammatory remarks were right on, when I was much younger, but now I think you need to take a better and thoughtful thought process about what the freedomfest is really is trying celebrate and what your remarks really are meant to destroy, something that has existed for over 100 years in the city!!!

    So I then can consider you a Freedomfest committee member for next year?, Why don't you step up to the plate like all us committee members who don't get paid and do this out of the love for our county and you can then make changes that you feel so passionate about? You know what they say about those who complain?


  • Rikard Kilgaren posted at 4:36 pm on Mon, Jun 25, 2012.

    Rikard Kilgaren Posts: 46

    This is brilliant:

    "New this year is the addition of “an amazing assortment” of food trucks, Weston said."

    "The mobile food vendors – 10 in all – will sell a wide variety of foods, including Korean barbecue, kettle corn, shaved ice and other sweets, tri-tip sandwiches, hot dogs, Mediterranean food and other options, Weston said."

    So, Mr. Kennedy and Mr. Weston, is this "amazing assortment” of food trucks locally owned? Likely not.

    I always thought "food trucks" were affectionally called a "Roach Coach!"

    No Roach Coaches on my Independence Day! You see, there is a difference between "Freedom" and "Independence!"

  • WilliamYancey posted at 2:16 pm on Mon, Jun 25, 2012.

    WilliamYancey Posts: 390

    "Do we as Morgan Hillians value and celebrate our local businesses?" We answered that in the negative almost 20 years ago when Target opened and promptly rushed all of our business there, and continued spurning local businesses for mega stores, one after another. No need to ask that question rhetorically anymore. The answer is an unqualified, "No."