January 16, 2008 > Questions worthy of consideration
Questions worthy of consideration
You have my thanks for providing news about the tri city area that does not reach me through the standard media outlets.
I was intrigued by your comments in the Opinion column of the 12/26 issue. While I disagree with your thoughts about a "downtown" for Fremont, the questions you posed for the Council were valid and should be addressed by that body.
My view is that the City needs a core area as it continues to morph into a landscape of scattered Big Box centers. As the huge stores usurp their customers the small businesses that help give character to the Districts will disappear as will recognition of the Districts themselves. Far better a viable downtown where Fremont residents can mingle while being served by a variety of entertainment, commercial and social activities.
Washington Hospital, while being a necessity and a draw for a plethora of medical businesses, should not dictate the shape or our environment. The introduction of a drugstore in an area destined to be the center of town was an arrogant move. Washington Hospital is a part of Fremont not vice versa.
I also take umbrage with your characterization of people seeking Council positions. As a 40 year resident I have been impressed with the quality of people who have chosen to serve us. While some may have fit your description, the majority have sacrificed time and energy to serve their community simply because it is the right thing to do. Your idea of a full time Council for the City, however, merits consideration.