Kanye West for Mt. Diablo superintendent

The June 13 Times contained one of those delicious juxtapositions of two unrelated news items that occur in the media from time to time.

In the Local News section, Tom Barnidge reported on the trials and tribulations of the Mt. Diablo School District in finding (and keeping) yet another school superintendent. The results of what appears to be an over-inclusive process to develop an appropriate job description yielded specifications that would fit only Superman, as Barnidge alluded to.

Elsewhere, Tony Hicks' column, "People", in the main section told the tale of Kanye West's (aka "Yeezus") interview with the N.Y. Times. In it, West proclaimed himself as God's gift to mankind, barely stopping short of declaring himself as the Second Coming.

Clearly, West is the ideal candidate for Mt Diablo's school superintendent opening. It is a marriage made in Heaven. Among the many mutual benefits is the fact that the district will save the thousands of dollars needed to pay headhunting consultants.

I am proud of performing a public service in bringing this to the district's attention.

Christopher Panton

Walnut Creek

Preserve Civic Arts' adult component

I recently learned that the adult component of the Walnut Creek Civic Arts Program is in jeopardy of being cut. I have participated in the Arts Education program for years and am grateful to the city for providing the wonderfully enriching classes, workshops and open studios.

For sure, the children's program is absolutely vital as well, given the cuts in the arts in public schools. While basic education is important, it's the arts that make life rich. Our children need to grow up playing an instrument, going to the theater and appreciating art.

As we age, research has shown that older brains and quality of life improve when people engage in creative group/social situations such as music- and art-making. This is what the arts program in Walnut Creek brings to our citizens, as well as simply beautifying our environment.

Instead of cutting the program, it should be promoted as one of the premier reasons people love living in Walnut Creek.

Marian Harris

Walnut Creek