EDITOR: I’m scripting this in rebuttal to D’mitra Smith who, in her June 1 letter to the Index-Tribune, criticized and misinterpreted the work of the Girls’s Nationwide Indian Affiliation. It’s unlucky in right now’s world that one finds the necessity to denigrate and dismiss the optimistic contributions of a corporation that based greater than 60 missionary stations from Florida to California, bought land for homeless tribes, funded the constructing of houses, based hospitals and constructed faculties in distant areas the place authorities faculties didn’t exist. These philanthropic and humanitarian members of the WNIA (albeit white) tried to assist the Native People who had suffered unspeakable atrocities by the hands of the church and others. To color them with the identical brush as those that did hurt is disingenuous. These ladies deserve to not be vilified however to be remembered, celebrated and revered for his or her place in historical past.
‘We want management’
EDITOR: The principle ask on the latest protest on the Sonoma Improvement Middle was for the state to instantly switch all of the open area lands to parks for defense in perpetuity. I do know, I used to be there holding an indication. Everybody helps the open area protection–county, state and community– so it’s arduous to grasp why it hasn’t occurred. Promoting it to a developer to then re-donate again to the parks appears loopy since we the individuals of California personal it already.
Proper now, the historic campus is up on the market individually from the open area by the state, for higher or worse. It makes excellent sense to switch the open area now and take away it from the contentious planning course of for the campus. We want management from Sen. Mike McGuire and Sen. Invoice Dodd and maybe Gov. Gavin Newsom to get it performed now. Letters to them will assist. We all know Supervisor Susan Gorin is already on board.
Academics, not marksmen
EDITOR: In his deal with to the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation, Donald Trump reiterated the moronic concept that the very best response to mass killings in faculties is to arm lecturers. As a instructor myself, and with two daughters within the occupation, I’m incensed that somebody of his stature, doubtful although it might be, can promote such an unreasonable resolution to high school violence.
The details: There are 3.2 million lecturers in public faculties. At present, 71% of lecturers spend their very own cash on classroom supplies as a result of their districts lack the cash to supply the provides college students want. Are these strapped faculty districts anticipated to pay for the weapons it could take to arm this “military” of lecturers? Would this not add to the unseemly income gun producers already make?
Think about, too, that many lecturers, apart from being mentors, counselors, coaches, psychologists, would resist being pressured to develop into classroom cops. It’s not of their DNA.
Trump and others like him want to grasp that carrying a sidearm into the classroom would, in a way, be a relentless reminder to college students of doable violence when the true focus ought to be on what lecturers ought to be doing: educating.