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Tuesday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Saving the middle class</b>

EDITOR: I'm not sure how we are going to provide the middle class the kind of jobs necessary to own a home and raise/educate children if we continue to lose middle-class jobs such as those recently lost at Hostess.

Recently, a California OEM Automobile parts warehouse employing hundreds of well-paid workers was sold and moved to Nevada, where the workers will cost a fraction of the California workers. Where will these discarded California workers find the comparable paying jobs to continue paying mortgages and tuition?

Selling and relocating a business (or a brand such as Twinkie) to lower labor costs is not going to go away. Well-paid jobs that can simply be relocated because the skills do not require advanced skill sets are in jeopardy.

It's a new world out there. The new skill sets necessary to be in the middle class are hard to come by and change frequently. To maintain our middle class, we must provide the educational paths necessary to acquire and re-acquire advanced skill sets.

WYNN BAILEY

Cloverdale

<b>Supportive community</b>

EDITOR: Thank you for your continued support, kind words and prayers for our son, Stefan LeRoy (" &‘I'm not that bad off,' " Saturday). It helps to make a difficult time easier. Thank you to the people and organizations that have donated to his trust fund. We appreciate the time and support of the people of Holy Spirit Church, Boy Scout Troop 32, Vietnam Veterans of America, Court'n'Disaster, students from Santa Rosa, Cardinal Newman and Maria Carrillo high schools, friends and family. We are blessed to live in such a supportive community.

KATHY and MIKE LeROY


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