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Foothill-De Anza boardmust reinstate Thuy
Foothill-De Anza Group Faculty District Board owes its tax-paying supporters an evidence for his or her choice to not renew the contract of Foothill Faculty President Thuy Nguyen. We count on greater than obscure feedback accompanied by a college decision. An area newspaper printed an editorial opinion: “To me, it appears like her ouster was a coup organized within the school lounge.”
Pupil leaders and alumni, and native organizations akin to NAACP and Asian Legislation Alliance help President Nguyen. As longtime individuals concerned with training social justice and fairness points, we really feel upset and offended on the Board’s ill-advised choice.
President Nguyen is nationally acclaimed for achievements in racial fairness, pupil empowerment, and COVID emergency response. She is the primary Vietnamese American school president within the nation.
We name on the Board at its April 4 assembly to reinstate President Nguyen. I additionally urge neighborhood members to attend the assembly.
Allan SeidPalo Alto
Cease the militarizationof police departments
Final Sunday’s Mercury Information (March 27) reported the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police would host a public Zoom session, about including extra navy weapons to their power. (“Police to host neighborhood assembly on navy weapons,” Web page B6)
In 2020, our authorities spent $15 billion on weapons, automobiles and gear to make police extra navy. The DOD calls it “extra navy items.”
Since 1997, some 8,200 regulation enforcement companies throughout the U.S. have acquired greater than $5 billion in such extra navy items.
No matter occurred to the “peace” in “peace officers“?
In his farewell tackle, President Dwight Eisenhower warned towards the institution of a “military-industrial complicated.” Are our police departments changing into a marketplace for the protection division’s excesses?
The Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police discussion board was a starting. Hopefully, it could begin transferring us away from changing into extra militaristic – and again towards peace.
Dan DipperyMenlo Park
Implementing county rulesisn’t similar as bullying
I simply learn a letter stating that the county is “bullying” these organizations that flaunted their “liberty” to bypass county well being officers’ decrees. (“County pursuit of COVID fines is simply bullying,” Web page A6, March 29)
This particular person is probably going both a member of a church or health middle that was fined. Why else would somebody assume it’s bullying to do what’s proper for the general public and the county itself? These fines have been avoidable, but Calvary Church felt they have been “above the regulation,” and continued to carry companies whereas COVID ran rampant.
I don’t assume the county ought to negotiate a penny decrease than what these establishments have been fined, particularly Calvary Church. They made their option to infect, whereas the remainder of us have been confining ourselves for the betterment of the neighborhood. They need to additionally lose their tax exemption. That may make them take heed to what’s proper.
John BinghamSan Jose
Rock owes Smith familyapology for hurtful joke
I’ve learn and watched a number of protection concerning the Will Smith and Chris Rock incident on the Oscars (“Oscars pack punch,” Web page A1, March 28).
One thing is obviously lacking – an apology from Chris Rock. He was on a really public stage, and he selected to make a silly joke about somebody within the viewers. Lo and behold, that somebody’s husband stood up and smacked him. I say, “Properly performed, sir.”
What an individual says has penalties. Hooray for Will Smith.
Steve NestleSan Jose