<b>Credo High's future</b>

EDITOR: The Credo community recently learned that the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District board would revoke the Credo High charter at its Monday meeting ("Cotati-RP board votes to revoke Credo's charter," Wednesday). A board member requested family involvement, and the Credo community obliged, jamming the auditorium in an overwhelming show of support. Over nearly four hours, scores spoke about the value of a Waldorf-inspired education and urged the board to keep an open mind and cease the endless roadblocks.

Credo has refuted, remedied or proposed executable remedies for every allegation made by the district. Credo has the third highest API test scores in the county. Over the weekend, the Credo community raised $64,000 in 72 hours.

The Credo community also learned that two trustees have never visited Credo. How could they have voted to close a school mid-year — which is unprecedented and destructive — without the simple decency to visit the campus?

On Monday, a polite but impassioned new movement coalesced. Credo High grew by a third this fall, and an ever-growing number of students from local Waldorf-inspired K-8 charter schools (and beyond) are eager to join Credo and buttress the Cotati-Rohnert Park economy. The extended Credo High School community will ensure that Credo thrives.



<b>Care for the dying</b>

EDITOR: Katy Butler ("Why few of us die peacefully at home," Sept. 21) is dead wrong. She writes that the fee-for-service structure of our health care system is the reason people don't get to die with dignity, suffering painful attempts at prolonging life and adding nothing to quality.

The real problem lies with our culture — people expect that if you have a medical problem, it should be fixed. Physicians attempt to discuss palliative care with patients and families all the time. The obstacle to following this path usually comes from family members who have no clue of their loved one's wishes and aren't emotionally prepared to direct care from aggressive and possibly curative to palliative and comfort.

I have never witnessed a physician discuss chemotherapy or surgery just to make more money, only as an option for treatment. Unfortunately, our society largely seems to feel that if we're not doing everything to save someone, we're contributing to their death, rather than understanding that in withdrawing aggressive treatment we're allowing their life to follow a more natural path.

If people were clear about their wishes, it would lessen the burden of family making this very emotional decision. It's their choice, not a physician's.



<b>The wrong site</b>

EDITOR: I'm writing to say that I oppose the site of the proposed Social Advocates for Youth "Dream Center" ("SAY meeting stirs neighbors' ire," Thursday). The more I hear from both sides, the more I feel the old Warrack Hospital is not the place best suited for anyone involved.

It was cold comfort when SAY was forced to admit that in a three-year period, the police were called to their facility more than 60 times. This with a facility populated by 20 or fewer clients. And, in reassuring us, they said that it was SAY that called the police most of these times.

This really, truly makes me wonder how much actual control they have over their clients. I live in Bennett Valley, very close to this planned facility. I only have fear.


Santa Rosa

<b>The 'be-afraids'</b>

EDITOR: There are people in this country whose continual mantra is "be afraid, be very afraid." Be afraid of immigrants, Muslims, poor people, environmentalists, gun and monetary regulations and now, especially, be afraid of the Affordable Care Act.

With some family's medical insurance costing more than rent or groceries, the need for change is obvious to all but those who fear change. The rest of the industrialized world provides health care to all their citizens at a per-capita cost well below ours. They live longer and have better infant mortality rates.

Knowing this, Congress worked to develop a plan to catch America up. The be-afraids refused to participate. From the beginning, "no" was all they offered. Once it became law, "kill it" became their only desire.

Had the be-afraids worked with the rest of Congress, we could have had a better law. If they put the same energy into improving the law as they have in trying to killing it, it could be a better law. But it is law. Ten years from now it, like Medicare, will be a popular law.

When we all work together, Americans can accomplish anything. Do not let the be-afraids convince you otherwise.