School hires must be thoroughly vetted

I was horrified when I read the article about Ronald Guinto, a Richmond teacher who had molested students while on camping trips.

Guinto allegedly sexually abused multiple kids since December 2012; yet he was not arrested until March 2014. Guinto was fired from Making Waves Academy due to an inappropriate conversation with a young student. After he was fired, investigators found out that while taking students on camping trips he allegedly sexually abused them.

This has me questioning why there was no other adult supervision or why his actions didn't raise anyone's suspicions. Shortly after being fired from Making Waves, he was hired at Mira Vista Elementary.

It's mind-boggling how a child molester could be hired at an elementary school. Did the West Contra Costa school district not take the necessary precautions? It's only common sense, at the very least, that if someone's fired from a previous job you find out why.

Children's safety should be the school district's top priority. Hopefully, this has taught the district to be more knowledgeable about whom they hire.

Natalie Studstill

Richmond

Just let Crimea stay with Russia

I am struck by the vehemence our current government has shown toward the Russian people.


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This is the same governmental system that supported Poland's annexation of eastern Ukraine after both world wars. In the early 1960s, the United States agreed with the Soviet Union that Crimea would remain an "autonomous Russian republic," founded in 1919 as part of the socialist state of Ukraine.

Therefore, it begs the question: Why is the U.S. government trying to force Russia out of the region when they have as much right to governing Crimea as we do with Guantánamo Bay, Cuba; Puerto Rico; the Marshall Islands; and Guam? These are all "autonomous" territories or regions governed by the United States.

Unless of course, the Democrats are compelled to start wars in an effort to reduce high unemployment that results from Republicans sending U.S. jobs to communist countries for the last 60 years. Both political parties work to keep the employment in balance. This issue over Crimea may provide another decade of stable unemployment levels.

Tom Isenburg

Livermore

Krauthammer's far-right views

Why do we listen to Charles Krauthammer?

Our Founding Fathers envisioned a new nation conceived in liberty and freedom of speech and expression for all. Did this mean all far-right views only? I have to wonder how Krauthammer's far-right views fit into their vision. Has he ever complimented anyone in the center or left for any vision or action? How can this be American and how can anyone listen to his rhetoric?

And finally, how can the Bay Area News Group allow Krauthammer to pollute the pages of their fine newspapers with these one-sided views?

Bruce Sharkey

Walnut Creek

Wasting water as others conserve

While reading the March 14 Times, I was amazed by the photo of a Bishop Ranch employee "hosing away debris" with great streams of water. And in the background is a large fountain spewing water.

Whatever happened to brooms or, at least, those noisy leaf blowers?

Larry Doweidt

Antioch

Which is it, snake pit or guarantee?

In his zeal, Ronald Entwistle, whose letter, "Tea party's attacks are unprecedented," was printed on March 13, seems to have become confused again, such as is the lot of leftists.

First, he says the Constitution guarantees every American a republican form of government. Then, he says the snake pit of American politics is replete with a shameful continuum of malicious and dishonest conduct perpetrated by devious partisans enamored with power.

What is it, Entwistle, a guarantee or a snake pit?

Robert Keiser

Concord