Thursday's Letters to the Editor

Homework assignment

EDITOR: I am writing as a school administrator and a parent of a special-needs son who would be placed in a special education life-skills work program similar to the one identified in your May 30 article ("Special ed project curtailed after union complains"). The school district and the union should use the summer as an opportunity to build a conversation around the problem. Here are their summer homework assignments:

The Santa Rosa school district needs to work with special ed teachers to bring formal structure to the program. What started out as a good idea (giving students work opportunities) needs to have the identity and structure any real-world job has: a program name (logo and special shirts) and job descriptions.

The California School Employees Association should review the tasks the students are doing and find areas in which unit members can have more direct involvement with the students. Spending time with the students can provide a mentor experience and an accountability aspect to the tasks students perform.

This is a pass/fail assignment where both sides sit down together, hear the concerns of the other and find a satisfactory compromise that earns a passing grade.


Santa Rosa

Morally straight

EDITOR: I can't stand the thought of Dave Palmgren ("Sad day for Scouting," Letters, Tuesday) having the last word on the subject of morality. Being "morally straight" is a choice of all people whether gay or straight, religious or atheist. You are likely to be morally straight if you have respect for the rights, feelings and property of your fellow man and do nothing to harm them.

Palmgren strongly implies that no gay person could be morally straight. The world is full of heterosexual criminals and deviants. When are we going to stop persecuting gay people in the name of religion? Freedom to maintain bigotry in the religious sphere seems a sad goal to me.

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