In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
Some 25 high school graduates and guests were treated for heat-related emergencies during the recent graduation ceremonies at Freedom and Heritage high schools in far East County. What do you think could have been done for a better outcome? Should the time of the graduations be changed?
BEING FROM from a very large family I have attended many graduations from preschool age to college.
Wouldn't it seem logical to have them in the evening? In warm climates, especially in the South, the graduations are always in the evenings. Find a lighted athletic field, set up chairs on the grass field for the graduates and the families and friends can sit in the grandstands. It's cooler, it's lighted and there is room for everyone. I would much rather take a coat along if necessary than to sit in the blazing sun.
Carol J Kennedy
Then the folks who can't tolerate the elements (extreme heat or rain) or can't travel, can be at home or remote watching their loved one graduate.
Mary Coveney Benotti
HAVE IT AT A colosseum like my high school did! Accommodates everyone and no heat strokes for neither adults nor the children! My sister said she was miserable on the football field and we were miserable in the bleachers! I wound up having to miss some of her peers graduating because I had to get the grandparents home to the A/C!
EVENING WOULD be great! However, given the season, it usually doesn't cool down much, it would end up being around 10 p.m. to be suitable. The key component is hydration ... drink a lot of water!!!
IT'S JUST SOMETHING that needs to be planned in doors or in the evening.
Drinking plenty of water doesn't always help. Plus, the graduates are dressed warm as it is with their clothes, caps and gowns. They might need even be allowed to bring water with them to their seats. It would be just a big water fight.
Kelly Capece Craig
ALL THESE ADULTS at this graduation should have realized it's hot. Bring an umbrella and lots of water! It's not a surprise it was hot everyone knew what the weather was going to be but people didn't prepare. A school has to plan these out a year in advanced they can't know what the weather will be.
Deborah N. Trevino
YES, ON MY grad day in 2010 was really hot ... and my sister who graduated at AHS, they have it in evening, then grad party afterward, and it was nice and you can actually enjoy it.
HIRE SCHOOL administrators who are smart enough to foresee obvious problems before they happen.
This week's question:
On June 11, the Oakley City Council voted to dismantle the 1896-era Iron House School, which originally was to be moved to a park down the road and renovated using money from an escrow account that was set up some 10 years ago. Do you think the city should have made plans to preserve it?
Email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence. Not all responses will be published. Note: Please respond before Monday.