EDITOR: Bravo to The Press Democrat for endorsing Proposition 30 (“Don't punish schools more: Yes on 30,” Friday). It's the only measure that will prevent more deep cuts to education. We need to stop the cuts. Yes on Proposition 30.
EDITOR: I have been a critical care nurse at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for more than 27 years. In that time I have seen countless administrations come and go, each with its own agenda. Never have I felt so threatened as I do now. This strike is not about double-digit raises as Terry Salnas (“A balancing act,” Close to Home, Thursday) would have you, the public, believe. It is not just about financial take-aways either.
The truly salient issue is that the hospital would like us to relinquish our rights to bargain over wages, hours and working conditions by removing these provisions from the contract. I've been out pounding the pavement not because I want a wage increase. I'm out here because many of these provisions provide safe staffing and do not allow the hospital to impose cuts that jeopardize your care.
I love my profession and my patients, and I can remember a time when nursing had minimal safeguards and working conditions were abysmal. Because of my contract and the Staff Nurses Association, we have held the hospital to a higher standard and have been able to provide the best of care to our patients and the community.
EDITOR: My wife and I have resided in Sebastopol for more than 15 years. Our children benefited from Sebastopol's schools, parks and community facilities. We appreciate this town for its diverse and eclectic nature, unique shops, fine restaurants and active artist community.
For the past two years we have taken a more active interest our City Council, and our experienced has been mixed. We have witnessed that some members of our council are zealously devoted to narrow and specific agendas and concerns voiced by a minority of the residents. In several instances, transparency and a balanced approach to the issue at hand has suffered.