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It’s shocking to read of such a wrong-headed power play in the way the county office of education has treated this beloved and well-respected teacher as she used this great asset, the food truck, to serve the community in its time of need. This, too, was an example of community service and volunteerism.

What a horrible example to the very students the county office of education charged to inspire — suspending the teacher who inspired them the most.

Reinstate Schiller at once and give her the honor, dignity and thanks that she so richly deserves.

JUDITH A. MEAD

Santa Rosa

Trust in Thompson

EDITOR: With all due respect, Steve Long (“Thompson’s position,” Letters, Sunday) is clearly living in a world of alternative facts.

Rep. Mike Thompson has been a vocal advocate for pay-as-you-go budgeting, which would ensure that bills passed by Congress don’t increase our debt. He is so committed to fiscal responsibility that he has even voted against his own legislation because the underlying bill wasn’t paid for and would have added to the deficit. From Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush to Donald Trump, the party of “fiscal responsibility” continually adds trillions of dollars to the debt and funnels more wealth to corporations and the top 1 percent.

I Thompson’s fiscal knowledge and experience, and am proud that he represents our area in Congress.

JOE PLAUGHER

Guerneville

Raising our voices

EDITOR: Lori Saltveit (“Just plain wrong,” Letters, Dec. 20) is right that cutting safety net programs such as SNAP and Medicaid after going $1.5 trillion in debt to give a tax break to millionaires is “just plain wrong.” We need to raise our voices in a way that will prevent this. Call or write your senators and representatives and tell them, “No cuts to safety-net programs like SNAP, Medicare and Medicaid that millions of Americans need to put food on the table and keep a home.” Instead, ask them to look at the underlying causes of problems such as hunger and homelessness in America and work to end them. This is the right thing to do; enough of the “just plain wrong” efforts.

WILLIE DICKERSON

Snohomish, Washington

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