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Saturday's Letters to the Editor

<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.

STEVEN KIRK

Petaluma

<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.


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