Cowan for school board
In the November election, voters of Antioch will be asked to fill three open school board seats.
I urge voters to elect Barbara Cowan to one of those seats. After 39 years as a teacher/administrator, she just retired and wants to bring to the board the knowledge and experience that she has learned. She is a strong advocate for children and respects the influence that parents and teachers have on the shaping of students skills for a global society.
Her recognition is that a shared view of diversity is an asset, open and honest communication a necessity, and an understanding and willingness to hear new ideas and suggestions as part of a continuously improving system a must.
Excellence in the classroom begins with excellence in the board room. Barbara Cowan will be an excellent choice for the Antioch School Board.
Antioch needs new leadership
Having read the editorial in your paper dated Sept. 14 by Larry Thomas of Antioch, I couldn't agree more. The city of Antioch definitely needs new leadership and not the old ones reinventing themselves doing the same things over again.
Antioch is a city faltering on complete ruin if things do not get changed, and changed soon. It already has a bad reputation for crime, deterioration of residential and commercial areas, and is considered not a safe place to be anymore. What needs to be done is what most people are too afraid to address, and these things are what is bringing Antioch down.
Undesirables are moving in by the truck load with Section 8. They bring with them drugs, crime and neighborhood deterioration. Perhaps this is too far along already to change, but the city officials must try if they want to save Antioch.
Newly elected city officials would need to address all of this and hold the people responsible, whether it be the landlords of these Section 8 properties or the people themselves. Antioch needs to be cleaned up, and for this, they need strong leaders with new ideas who are not afraid to say what needs to be said. The people causing all this havoc need to be taken to task and held responsible so that all the citizens of Antioch can live in a safe community and not fear for their lives.
I have talked with many decent people who are raising families in Antioch who say the same thing over and over -- it used to be a safe, great city and now they cannot wait to get out. Sad commentary for sure.
People of Antioch -- wake up and smell the coffee. Get the old regime out of office and vote in the ones that can get things done for your city and hopefully turn this mess around before it is too late.
Democrats were inspiring
What did the Republican convention offer us to change our vote? I heard negative speeches with no solutions.
Their platform would offer no abortions in case of rape; in fact, a woman would have to carry and have the rapist's baby. They do not tell us how they will get rid of the deficit; in fact, Mitt Romney suggested he could reduce the deficit by 50 percent in his second term as president. Yet, they are basing their campaign on the deficit, blaming President Obama, who has been in office less than four years.
On the other hand, the Democratic convention was very uplifting and inspiring. They talked about personal responsibility in fighting the deficit and creating jobs. The economy is improving and I believe next year the tide will turn.
Michelle Obama gave a very positive and moving speech.
My mind was changed because of what is going on around the globe. Obama has done a good job handling worldwide situations, while Romney does not understand foreign affairs.
Paul Del Chiaro
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