Huge loss

I read with interest Theresa Harrington's article, "Two Mt. Diablo district principals leave schools in face of 'failing' stigma," in the Times.

I have two kids at Oak Grove Middle School and am quite pleased with the education they have received. Oak Grove has dedicated and talented teachers and administrators. I particularly want to acknowledge Terry McCormick's leadership in improving the overall climate of learning at Oak Grove.

The statistics provided in your article show that Oak Grove's API score was up 18 points in one year and met the target growth for that year. All the while at a school serving 83 percent low- income families and with 47 percent of the students classified as "English Learners."

McCormick is a big reason for this improvement. It's sad we have to lose a beloved principal to get this grant money. I guess holding the school board accountable or the district superintendent and his staff accountable would be too much to ask?

Because of McCormick, Oak Grove is no longer a failing school but an improving school. I'm afraid the loss of McCormick will be a setback for the school's progress

Lisa Robinson

Concord

Dublin honored

With all the doom and gloom you constantly print in your paper, here's a bright spot that appeared on the scene: The National Civic League named Dublin one of 10 All American cities at an awards ceremony in Kansas City, Mo.


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Not only is this a great distinction, but Dublin is the only city in California to be selected for this honor. What does your paper do? You buried this newsworthy item on Page A6 under East Bay Roundup.

This report should have been printed on the front page. Just were are your priorities when is comes to reporting?

Ingeborg Schoening

Dublin

Abolish PUC?

Given all of the continuing news stories about the multiple deficiencies of PG&E, we have lost faith in any attempts to correct such deficiencies. We no longer trust PG&E.

Further, the lackluster efforts of the Public Utilities Commission to regulate, as well as acknowledge these deficiencies, give us no confidence that they will be corrected.

Since ratepayers are at risk now and will remain at risk, why not just abolish the PUC?

Peter Cleveland

Sara Cleveland

Richmond

Inappropriate

There have been several articles about the gentleman who was asked to pull up his pants and the cross dresser scantily clad in women's underwear, both of whom showed up at the airport.

Is this appropriate? I think it is disgusting and morally offensive.

When you go to a restaurant, there is a notice that states what is appropriate: jackets and ties required or patrons must wear shoes, etc. If not, don't come.

Next people will be showing up in raincoats, with nothing on underneath.

Where do you draw the line?

Madeline Crandall

Pinole

Consolidate cities

The big reason that we have a major budget crisis in the state and the country is fragmentation. Just look in the San Francisco Bay Area. We have small cities and towns. Each one has it's own mayor, council, police chief, fire chief, city attorney, city clerk and various departments with the department heads, some of whom draw six-figure salaries.

Instead of having 40-50 small cities and towns in the Bay Area, why don't we have four or five zones where all the power and administrative functions rest.

It will bring down the cost of operation and will be more efficient. For example, the cities of Concord, Clayton, Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek could all be grouped under one umbrella body, thus saving a huge amount of money for us.

This system has been adopted in other countries around the world, and it works.

Virendra Jain

Concord

Ready to run, quit

Everyone's wondering if Sarah Palin is running for president or not. Of course she is! She's on the campaign trail right now! But don't worry. She'll quit halfway through. That's her style.

Steve Brown

Oakley