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Cohen: standing alone on gym issue

Original post made on Jul 30, 2009

Councilman Andy Cohen explains why he abstained in decision to build a new gymnasium in Menlo Park, saying he was the only council member to take an "even-handed approach" to the project.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 29, 2009, 7:25 PM

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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jul 30, 2009 at 7:49 am


When the Almanac says "There are no comments yet for this story.
Be the first!" it is often being disingenuous. Because when one is critical of the Slocum disciples the Almanac is quick to redact the writing in its entirety. It has such a left wing bias that it has morphed into a platform for the far left fiscally irresponsible politicians who are beholden to the unions, to disseminate their out-of-touch ideas.

The post will most likely be reminiscent of the film "Gone in 60 seconds". The Almanac takes umbrage to any criticism and certainly does not want its readership to know that it treats blogs critical of its leftist darlings differently than those who deify them.

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Posted by Renee Batti
associate editor of The Almanac
on Jul 30, 2009 at 10:35 am

Renee Batti is a registered user.

Hank, Not sure what you're referring to. If you're implying that we took down your previous comments on this topic, that's not the case. You've started a new thread with this one. The old one is at
Web Link

The Almanac doesn't take umbrage to fair, civil criticism. We will remove personal attacks and assertions -- implicit or explicit -- that people you happen to disagree with take drugs or engage in other illegal behavior.

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jul 30, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Andy Cohen has always been the most balanced person on this City Council and I understand and fully support his stand and comments on the gym project. Clearly the rest of the council is afraid to look a gift horse in the mouth even though the rest of us will be riding that horse for many many years to come. I support the Library and use it often and I know that the parking lot will become jammed with gym patrons and will deeply affect the Library patrons many of whom are seniors.

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Posted by Ready for the End of Times
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 30, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Mr. Hank Lawrence,

I just wanted to give you a heads up.

The black helicopters just landed. You still have time to get our your tin foil hat. Hurry!

There is also a "Birthers Cookout" in Menlo Park this weekend. Hope we see you there. We're going to paint cute red berets on pictures of Obama.

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Posted by Mom of 3 Teenagers
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 30, 2009 at 5:04 pm

I quote Mr. Cohen from the above article...
"What is Menlo Park?" he asked. "Is it a growing community with a lot more kids coming in? Or is it a stable, village-like community of beautiful neighborhoods that wants to be a place of permanent residents?

Answer: it's clearly a community with a lot more kids coming in..just take a look at the increase in enrollment at all 4 District Schools. It's gone way up the last few years and continues to grow. Peeple are moving into Menlo Park because it is a great place to live...a new gym will only make it an even better place to live.

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Posted by coach
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 30, 2009 at 5:34 pm

I am a volunteer basketball coach and a parent as well as a library user. I have been looking forward to a new gym for a decade. So I was seriously disappointed to see the flawed design that was railroaded through after the donor stepped forward, and yes, I did go to the public meetings but it didn't matter. As soon as the money was on the table, all receptivity to public input ended.

The planning commission discussed many of the shortcomings of the design and only narrowly (4-3 vote) recommended it. It is too bad that the council was not willing to address the very real problems that we are going to have to live with for a long, long time.

Andy Cohen is a man of integrity and he spoke for many of us when he abstained from the vote. We want the gym (I wanted it 10 years ago) but we don't need more headaches.

What have YOU done for the city, Hank Lawrence?

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