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Letters to the Editor: 10/15/2016

Letters to the Editor

Donate to the KIDS Campaign

To our community:

It’s the final two weeks for Kenwood School’s all-important 2016 KIDS campaign. The KIDS campaign is a yearly effort to sign up Kenwood School parents, alumni and community members, with one-time or monthly pledges of support for our children’s school.

The Kenwood Education Foundation uses the funds that are raised to support important programs like art, music, technology and the library – critical programs that are NOT fully paid for in the school’s budget with state education funds. These programs are part of what makes Kenwood School such a small-town gem, and without them, our school would be a very different place.

One of the best things about Kenwood is its community spirit, and contributing to the KIDS campaign is an important part of this. We are all grateful for a generous and engaged community that cares about our local kids. This community spirit shows in events like the creek clean-up day and fall festival. It shows in the amount of people who show up to our holiday concert and Big Heart luncheon. And the Kenwood Education Foundation really needs that community to show in the participation numbers for the KIDS campaign.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the wonderful support the KIDS campaign has already received from local parents and residents. But there’s still a lot of work to do!

As of mid-October, we are at just 20 percent participation. So if you’re a parent or alumni of Kenwood School, please make your donation today. It’s an important way for you to know that you’re doing the best for your local school and your child’s education.

Donate online at Or fill out the form in your child’s folder, or stop by the school office to make your donation. Kenwood Education Foundation members will also staff tables at drop-off and pick-up times to reach out for donations.

Again, we thank you for your support of critical programs at Kenwood School. Please do the right thing for our local school, and make your KIDS campaign donation before Oct. 31!

Abby Peterson

SCOE board endorses Carter

Dear Editor,

I just read Gina Cuclis’s candidate’s statement in the voter’s pamphlet.

In it, she points out that she is currently president of the SCOE board, and was elected to that post with the unanimous support of her current fellow board members.

Yet, each of those same current fellow board members has publicly endorsed Jason Carter to replace her.

So, the fact of her statement is true, but the implication is not. Unfortunately, this is a distinction that will be lost on anyone reading her statement. It is as if she took a page from Trump’s playbook.

From the top of the ballot, all the way to the bottom, this is turning out to be an election like no other.

Interesting times.

Ed Davis
Glen Ellen

Vote Cuclis for Board of Education

Dear Editor,

I’ve worked with the Sonoma County Office of Education for over 15 years helping English Language Learner teachers prepare for their certification exams. Over the years, I’ve known many Sonoma County Board of Education members. Without a doubt, Gina Cuclis, currently the board president, has been an exemplary board member.

Cuclis is diligent in her work supporting SCOE staff to enhance our services for students, parents, educators, and school districts. She believes in continuous improvement and accountability, and is passionate that every student deserves a quality education to graduate college and be career ready.

When she was first elected four years ago, Cuclis took an interest in the challenging issue of attendance at SCOE’s alternative schools, which with her help has improved. She also goes above and beyond the normal duties of a county board member by regularly visiting board meetings of the school districts she represents: Bennett Valley, Rincon Valley, Sonoma Valley, and Kenwood.

I enthusiastically support Cuclis’ re-election. I ask voters in eastern Santa Rosa and Sonoma Valley to join me in voting for her.

Ana Byerly
Bilingual/Bicultural Consultant

Implications of Prop 64

Dear Editor;

“We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness...”

That being said, as a proud citizen of this great nation, I would never want to stop any one of my fellow citizen’s rights gifted to us back in 1776. However, I will continue to fear for the safety of the children who are exposed to “medicinal” marijuana crops.

When home invasion robberies take place and lives are lost and/or threatened over a plant, however it is used to help people heal or be pain free, I question our priorities.

In order for the above-mentioned rights to be secured, this historic document states:

“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the Governed.”

Prop. 64 is knocking at all of our doors. May we as a people continue to vote with our future in mind. My future is my children and grandchildren. I will keep them in the forefront of my heart and mind this November.

Theresa M. Schulz
Santa Rosa

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