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Monday's Letters to the Editor

<b>For Prop. 30</b>

EDITOR: The Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District has had to reduce the school year, resulting in our students having five fewer days to master the required curriculum. Our teachers have not received a cost-of-living adjustment for the past five years, they took a 2 percent a pay cut, and they now pay a significantly greater share of their health care costs. Classified employees, who also provide essential services for our students, have taken a similar financial hit. Despite these severe funding cuts, we continue to offer rigorous programs that have resulted in improved student test scores.

This past June, Rohnert Park and Cotati voters passed Measure D to address the budget crisis facing our district. If Proposition 30 doesn't pass, our district will see a cut of $2.45 million in state funding, and schools throughout California will experience an immediate cut of approximately $5 billion. Not only will schools take a devastating hit resulting in 10 fewer days of instruction, many other essential services that support our neediest children will be cut, and money for police and fire protection will also be reduced.

We therefore urge voters to support Proposition 30.

ED GILARDI

President, Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District board of trustees

and RICHARD NEFFSON

President, Rohnert Park Cotati Educators Association

<b>Protest fire &‘fee'</b>

EDITOR: I, like thousands of others, received a bill from Cal Fire. Mine was for a residence I own in Redwood Valley. It is within the Redwood Valley/Calpella Fire District. I pay a fee to this district every time I pay my property tax. The fire station is about a half-mile away. I believe I pay for Cal Fire through my income taxes. The Cal Fire station is more than five miles away. I believe this "fee" is really a "tax," an illegal tax. If you received one of these bills, pay this "fee" before it is due so you are not hit with interest or penalties. Then, file a protest.


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