Thursday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Opt in, not out</b>

EDITOR: Assembly Bill 2145 would requires people who wish to join Sonoma Clean Power to opt in, rather than having them opt out if they wish to stay with PG&E ("Bill a threat to Sonoma Clean Power," April 17). That makes sense to me. The customer who really believes the power will be cleaner and cost less money should jump at the chance to join.

In my opinion, this clean power by counties and cities is a way to keep our politicians with jobs. I hope that one day they don't decide to open and run a bank and transfer our accounts unless we opt out.

I still don't understand how the power lines that go to customers with clean power and the neighbor who has PG&E will know how to distribute the right power ( this comment is to make you laugh).


Santa Rosa

<b>Capricious decision</b>

EDITOR: Thanks to Staff Writer Kerry Benefield for a thoughtful, thorough and balanced article on a clear abuse of educational authority ("Barred from school," April1 15). As a former school board trustee, I have learned there simply are some school administrators whose decisions are capricious and counter-productive to the well-being of both individual students and the school itself.

I note the parents weren't asking the school to excuse or ignore the incident nor objecting to discipline being applied but rather to the total overkill. A five-day suspension surely would have more than made the point that the sip of alcohol was against policy.

Since the students involved do not seem to previously have had significant discipline problems, the school's draconian reaction is a disturbing indication of distorted priorities and a seemingly out of control principal.

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