Save teacher in Encore program

Dear Editor:

The Antioch Unified School Board passed a resolution that could terminate up to 14 teachers. One of the positions in jeopardy is from the Encore Home School program. Encore offers a variety of activities which provide students with invaluable educational experiences, and memories that will last a lifetime.

These fantastic learning experiences are thanks to the four incredibly hardworking teachers. They work together like a well-oiled machine, a perfect blend of personalities and abilities. If there were only three teachers, they would not be able to offer the same educational opportunities. They would not have the time to provide the incredible workshops that are now offered.

It is important that the Encore Home School program remains competitive by providing the valuable experiences currently offered. If the quality of the program deteriorates at Encore, families won't simply put their children back into the public school system. There are far too many other options for home schooling, which would ultimately mean that the school district would lose money.

Cutting a teacher from the Encore Home School program would be disastrous.

Cynthia Loyd

Clayton

We don't need class warfare

Dear Editor:

I'm troubled that my country prides itself as a melting pot of ethnic diversity, yet is greatly divided. Obama has made this worse with class warfare. If you're an American citizen, that's how you should describe yourself and your loyalties should lie with that.

I'm of Swedish decent, but I'm not Scandinavian American -- I'm American. Why is the notation of race constantly brought into every sector of our lives? Employers and government often live in fear of not doing the right thing because it might be misconstrued as racist. Politicians will never resolve immigration reform as long as they fear the loss of a vote. Big business gets cheap labor, and they bankroll politicians. Obama is blowing smoke trying to destroy the Republican Party.

We need strong debate in America, and one party will not bring that. We have a serious border control problem. -- many countries really don't like us -- and no one knows just how many individuals are crossing our southern border with bad intentions. Many Hispanics blindly support making all illegal immigrants of their same race, legalized citizens. A blanket legalization of all isn't the way to handle this, some of them are very bad people. I'm not opposed to immigration, but because I'm white, I must hate Hispanics when I discuss this. No, not true. I'm a third-generation American and my grandparents immigrated legally through Ellis Island in the early 1900s.

Politicians are Americans -- make them accountable to us -- we are the boss. Refusing to resolve this is not acceptable, nor is a blanket approval for all.

Roger Stromgren

Brentwood

Health Services employee calls for support

Dear Editor:

My name is Christine Duran and I have proudly represented Contra Costa County Health Services for five years as a licensed vocational nurse and a Public Employees Local 1 member. This letter shall serve as an expression of frustration of what myself and fellow Local 1 members have endured.

Over the past several years, we have had deep pay cuts as well as a major increases in contributions to our pensions and health care. We make less than we did five years ago. It is becoming more and more difficult to provide for our own families. It was promised that all county workers would share in the cuts and sacrifices, and that has not happened. It is not fair.

We are the essential backbone to health services and without us, it wouldn't be what it has been for patients that are in such need for assistance, medical care, or just a friend to talk to.

Over the years we have looked out for our patients -- residents of Contra Costa County. Yes, we could have chosen elsewhere to exercise our knowledge as health care workers, but we choose to come here to Contra Costa County.

It is about time for us to be acknowledged for all we give to our county. We have been more than fair. Please help us with this plea.

Christine Duran

Oakley

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