Astounded at parents' punishment reaction
I am astounded at the parental reaction to the suspensions for the vandals at Heritage High School. The article in the paper frighteningly portrays the entitlement mentality and parenting misguidance that runs rampant through our culture.
I was incensed to read that the parents are actually going to court to complain about their children's punishment. This is so typical of the helicopter parenting that is such a scourge on our school systems. It is time that administrators be allowed to say what they mean and mean what they say.
I applaud the principal and the judge for holding the vandals responsible for their actions, however "mild" the student and parents think the vandalism may have been.
At school, the administration should be able to be in charge, and we parents need to respect that. If not, then students who graduate without facing consequences will soon become the lawyers, accountants, financial planners and parents of the future. Our future!
Voters clearly fed up with public unions
Voters are beginning to send the message that they are no longer willing to pay increased taxes to support outrageous public employee pensions. We have two June 5 election examples here in the county that show residents are fed up with public
Candace Andersen overwhelmingly defeated her union-owned opponent, and even more disastrous for the union was the defeat in East County of Measure S, the fire district parcel tax.
It received just 43 percent; yes, despite requiring two-thirds approval.
Neither the union nor the fire chief was willing to consider alternatives to the tax. They want to keep the exorbitant pensions now in place.
A fireman can retire as early as 50 with a pension of 90 percent or more of his or her salary. Voters now realize how absurd this is.
How many of you can retire anywhere close to that?
This defeat should be a shot across the bow of ConFire should it propose a parcel tax in November.
It, too, will be soundly defeated.
What Islam is truly about
Thank you for the wonderful recent piece "Finding Islam -- and then freedom." What a refreshing change to read this hopeful story about redemption.
Andre Yusuf Wiley's story is testimony to the transformative power religion and sincere repentance can have to heal a broken life. In contrast to the continuing negative portrayal of Islam and Muslims, Wiley's life manifests what Islam is truly about: purifying one's heart, rectifying mistakes and helping fellow beings.
Prisoners trapped in the cycle of crime and incarceration are in desperate need of a new direction in life. Wiley's story provides hope and inspiration that no matter how bleak circumstances could be, there is always a path to freedom through faith and repentance.
City's dilemma over Mirkarimi
I suspect that even King Solomon would have a difficult time deciding the Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi dilemma.
It is a given that Mirkarimi acted unwisely when he squeezed his wife's arm during a family disagreement.
I believe he has admitted his error and would like to move on, embarrassed and apparently contrite. But the problem is that the mayor, district attorney and judge of the city and county of San Francisco apparently would not cut him any slack and have turned the matter over to an ethics committee.
It seems to me that the problem with punishing Mirkarimi by taking away his job affects his family unjustly. This factor should be taken under consideration by the ethics committee.
Justice, not vengeance, should be the key to solve this dilemma. The baby should not be thrown out with the bath water.
Joe R. Guadarrama
Why this is a charged issue
I understand the frustration felt by the authors of a June 13 "My Word" about the pulling of the Palestinian recognition.
However, they should look at why this has become such a charged issue. It seems that every time there is a talk by an Israeli or pro-Israeli speaker, there is screaming and disruption carried out by some Muslims and their leftist allies.
Notice I said some. It behooves the rest of the Muslim community, which I believe is the majority, to speak out against these people. Maybe then the issue of nonrecognition will not come up.