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Editorial: Atherton shows how not to be a good neighbor

Original post made on Mar 24, 2020

The notion that Atherton taxpayers, who own some of the highest-valued property in the entire country, are somehow being abused by having to bear a higher proportion of the cost for emergency services in the wider community is absurd.

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Posted by Walsh Road Reporter
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Mar 24, 2020 at 6:41 pm

I am delighted to find this thoughtful editorial in our local paper.

I'm home,quarantined, so my thoughts about what community I belong to has a number of answers. Right now, our community is the entire world as we depend on our neighbors world-wide to control as much as possible the coronavirus. I'm sure that our splendid fire district is ready to act when they are called to action--not an Atherton decision, but at least regional one to make.

This raises the question of the common good. Several years ago during discussion of a new Atherton Library, I saw a comment to the effect that the library as planned was too large, that it would draw in people who should go to other libraries closer to their own homes because this library should be for people of Atherton who had paid into a tax fund for building an eventual replacement. However, this was a misunderstanding of who comprise the group of people served. The libraries of San Mateo County operate as a single library, allowing a single catalog and checking out materials from any collection in the county and delivery of materials to one's home library or other library of choice. This common understanding of our community encompasses our entire county.

It is my hope that the narrow view of community be widened, recognizing we are fortunate to have our extraordinary fire district serving our local area, but also serving the nation (and perhaps beyond). Local specially trained fire personnel went to Kansas and took charge of rebuilding a town completely destroyed by hurricanes. After the terrible Challenger disaster, a team from here retrieved the crews' remains from the ocean. I'm sure there are many more instances of the greater geography cared for by this district such as the firestorms in the last two years.

We live in the wider community. Let's be grateful that our taxes make the special possible and that we in a way beyond the physical boundary of the Town of Atherton come together for the greater good of all.

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Posted by Renee Batti, editor
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 25, 2020 at 8:50 am

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