EDITOR: Did Interior Secretary Ken Salazar at least accompany the devastating closure news to the owners and employees of the Drake’s Bay oyster farm with a Merry Christmas and/or Feliz Navidad? Oops! Shame on me, I am not being very PC — I meant to say, did he at least wish them Happy Holidays as their jobs and livelihoods were taken away by a government agency?
Trading off safety
EDITOR: Since moving to Sonoma County in the fall of 2008, I’ve noticed in the news an alarming number of pedestrians being hit by automobiles. I’ve also noticed that the sparse number of streetlamps lit during dark nights are yellow in tone with low wattage, barely illuminating the streets. Do you see the correlation? It seems that Sonoma County is being penny-wise and pound-foolish by replacing high utility costs with human injuries and death. Time to make a change.
EDITOR: The story about cast-off Siberian orphan Val Silcock by Chris Smith was outstanding (“From cast-off Siberian orphan to tech wizard,” Monday). This young man overcame adversity through the caring of strangers who valued his life — an amazing tribute to overcoming all obstacles. It is a tribute to all who consider that every life has a purpose and is worthy. It is also a tribute to everyone in Silcock’s life who provided love, housing and education for, in the words of his boss, “one of the nicest, gentlest, most competent young people I know.”
Preparing to teach
EDITOR: I do not understand why American Federation of Teachers is calling for a written exam before teacher candidates can enter the profession. (“Teacher’s union seeks tougher rules,” Tuesday)
True, in the 1950s it was possible to “teach” a subject you knew nothing about. You could have a college degree in “education” and be assigned to an academic subject without sufficient knowledge.