<b>'Real people, real kids'</b>
EDITOR: At the conclusion of Tuesday's article about zero tolerance ("Barred from school"), a Hillcrest Middle School parent commented that zero tolerance is "affecting real people, real kids in Sonoma County. Kids are being lost because of policy." As a school counselor in a different west county middle school, I would like the community to consider the fact that alcohol use is affecting real people, real kids in Sonoma County. Kids are being lost because of alcohol use.
EDITOR: It's interesting to see how the unions are split on the candidates in the 10th Assembly District ("Labor won't endorse in Assembly primary," Sunday). Unfortunately, my union, the California Teachers Association, has endorsed Erin Carlstrom. Ugh.
Although I support and fight for my union, we are parting ways on this topic. As far as I can tell, Carlstrom has done absolutely nothing to prove "she understands . . . public education," as CTA insists. The issue really comes down to who they think is "viable," can raise more money and has the support of more unions.
It is this type of thinking that gets us elected officials whom we later complain to be amoral opportunists, and we act shocked when they get involved in scandals, are indicted, convicted or stab us in the back.
I prefer to vote my values, which is why I'll be casting my vote for Diana Conti. She's smart, has done good things as a trustee on the College of Marin board and has a proven track record (not just talk) of working with all kinds of people. She absolutely understands public education.
I encourage everyone in the 10th Assembly District to read about her and learn why she's our best choice at contiforassembly2014.com.