Thank you for auction help

Dear Editor:

As another school year closes, Antioch Charter Academy II would like to thank and commend the following East Contra Costa businesses and individuals for their donations to its recent Walkathon/Silent Auction, either by making a financial donation directly or gifting items/services to our school for auction, resulting in hugely successful events.

Many of these businesses donate annually to our school's events showing their dedication to our youth and desire for a strong community. In return, we encourage everyone to support them and help their businesses thrive.

Thanks go out to: Costco, Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, Skipolini's Pizza, Lisa Abono-Avon Consultant, AMC Brentwood 14, American General Plumbing, Antioch Family Chiropractic, Antioch Lone Tree Dental, Applebee's, Bada Bling Boutique, Bagel Street Cafe, Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Benicia Ghost Walk, Black Bear Diner-Oakley, Celia's Mexican Restaurant, Chili's Grill & Bar Pittsburg, Deer Ridge Golf Club, Delta Bowl, Delta Lions, Glamora by Sadia, Gymboree, Harvest Park Bowl, In-Shape Health Clubs, Jeanine Pells-Grace Adele Consultant, Jerry's Hot Dogs, Karyn Engle Photography, Lebron Homes, Menchie's, Natural Nails-Brentwood, Outback Steakhouse, Paradise Skate, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Schwinn City-The Bicycle Shop, Shadow Lakes Golf Club, Sports Authority, Kristin Stone — Hair Color Specialist @ Spoiled Rotten The Spalon, Sutter Delta Medical Center, Tao San Jin, Target-Slatten Ranch, Trader Joes, UFC Gym, Winco Foods Inc.


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A huge thank you also to the management/staff of Contra Costa County Fairgrounds for hosting our walkathon, Skipolini's for providing a perfect family-friendly location for our Silent Auction and Karyn Engle Photography for documenting the events; ACA II teachers, staff and volunteers who donated their valuable time and talent; and our charitable community for pledging donations and shopping -- we appreciate you so much!

Jeannie Dubitsky

Antioch Charter Academy II education director and ACA II teachers, parents and students

Provisions not fair to teachers

Dear Editor:

I am a member of the Alliance for Retired Americans and ask for your support in repealing discriminatory Social Security provisions that affect public employees. The government pension office elminates or reduces the spousal benefits of a teacher's retirement benefit and the windfall elimination provision reduces a portion of a teacher's Social Security benefit earned from other work in the private sector. Non-public employees with private pensions get to keep their entire pension as well as receive their full Social Security or survivor benefits. This is unfair!

Teachers who held private positions before or after becoming teachers and who contributed to Social Security and accumulated the necessary credits for full benefits, find these benefits reduced or eliminated because they are teachers. Currently there are two bills that deserve our support: HR1332 seeks complete repeal of both of the GPO and the WEP provisions, as well as Senate Bill 2010 (a companion bill) by Sen. John Kerry and Sen. Susan Collins.

Please let your representatives know you support this effort. Teachers deserve to be treated fairly.

Bob Laurence

Antioch

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