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Saturday's Letters to the Editor

Disrespected teachers

EDITOR: Has all respect and value been lost for the teacher? It seems to me that teachers have become pawns in the immoral game of our school systems. Catholic school teachers have now been added to the mix of educators who fear for their jobs. While they are facing the audacity of Bishop Robert Vasa and the morally daunting decision to sign or resign, the Windsor School District has announced it intends to issue 40 to 50 layoff notices.

I have personally felt the impact of losing a teacher. Recently, I arrived to class only to discover my physics teacher tragically and suddenly passed away. An unexpected loss like this forced students and staff to recognize what a priceless addition he was to our school community and how heartbreaking it was that we would never get a chance to truly express our gratitude for his illustrious dedication to his job.

What keeps the oppressed teacher passionate? Appreciation. Our teachers are faced with both ethical and economical quandaries that threaten to break down their devotion to teaching. So, let's take a chance to admire our committed teachers before it's too late.

MOLLY BARTLETT

Santa Rosa

The problem is sugar

EDITOR: If we have a dental health problem in this county, it's not because we're lacking fluoride in our water; it's due to poor eating habits.

Inspired by the fluoride debate, I decided to give myself a challenge for the month of March — I'm not eating any added sugar.

Do you think sugar is just in candy, ice cream, and other sweet treats? I wish. Added sugar is in everything. It's disguised as syrups, juice concentrates and cane juice, just to name a few.

I'm generally a very healthy eater, cooking most of what I eat from scratch and buying only organic processed foods. I thought I was safe, but even my locally made frozen burrito, salami and pickles are not immune to added sugar.

Imagine how bad it must be for low-income children who eat Fruity Pebbles for breakfast and wash it down with a Coke. Why not focus on improving their diet instead of drugging us and the environment with fluoride? How often would these kids drink tap water, anyway? The kids who drink lots of water aren't the ones who have these issues.

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