March 31, 2023

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Board drags on with e book scandal

Re. “A number of Responses within the $1 Million Historical past Textbook Scandal,” web page B1, Nov. 25:

Unbelievable. The county pays $1 million for a county historical past e book that nobody actually desires to promote underneath a no-bid contract with the spouse of a strong politician. The e book is turned over a number of years late and crammed with plagiarism (euphemistically the writer calls it placeholders). Six months later, nothing has been executed, however our circuit overseers say the matter is being “completely” regarded into, no matter which means.

I imagine that if any of those leaders skilled private fraud on a a lot smaller scale, we might certainly see some diligence. This may’t assist however make one surprise what number of extra undiscovered pigs are feeding from the general public trough. Actually disgusting.

Matt RodSan Jose

Respect Lincoln. Elected council replacements

The most cost effective just isn’t at all times the most affordable. Many commented that the price of a particular election to fill two upcoming vacancies on the San Jose Metropolis Council is prohibitive, or requested what number of potholes could be mounted with these funds. What’s the worth of our democracy? How many individuals gave their lives in order that we may have this privilege of electing our leaders? What number of international locations have we led to truthful elections?

US President Abraham Lincoln, in his well-known 1863 Gettysburg Tackle, maybe finest outlined democracy as “authorities by the individuals, by the individuals, for the individuals.” Historical past has proven that democracy is a very fragile establishment, particularly in our time. I nonetheless belief President Lincoln. Let’s maintain a snap election for the vacant seats on the San Jose council.

Richard AiluniSan Jose

Newsomtalk audio system boastful

Re. “Newsom’s presidential increase was a bust?” Web page A7, November 30:

I used to be struck by the conclusions reached by Dan Walters in his current article on Governor Newsom.

Whereas stating a number of occasions that Newsom repeatedly instructed many individuals that he was not going to run for president in 2024, Walters insists this isn’t true (notice the title of his article). Walters’ clairvoyance appears to be a greater indicator than Newsom’s phrases.

And Walters’ parting shot about Newsom having to do not forget that California journalists (learn Dan Walters) could have the ultimate say on Newsom proves that conceitedness just isn’t restricted to Donald Trump.

Steve HartmanSan Jose

Let’s maintain one another chargeable for the kids

“The truth that we’re doing our greatest to guard weapons whereas we endanger youngsters – the way forward for the race – is unacceptable. Ignoring this absurdity means the defeat of humanity. We do not have to reside to destroy. We’ve got the religious energy to create peace and happiness.”

It is a quote from Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Buddhist lay group Soka Gakkai, nearly 20 years in the past. In a rustic as wealthy in sources and expertise as the US, we have now allowed colleges to fail, clergy to molest youngsters, a staggering variety of homeless youth, and faculty massacres. The response to those wrongdoings and tragedies is non permanent collective regret, however no concomitant long-term efficient motion to right this injustice.

Let’s maintain one another and all our elected officers accountable to refocus on defending youngsters, beginning with ample funding for schooling.

Tanya and Rick FreudenbergerSan Jose

After the a centesimal anniversary of Schultz, there will likely be adjustments in comics

Thanks for the a centesimal anniversary of the start of Charles Schultz and for the adjustments in comedian e book storylines. Nevertheless, the time has come to desert the repeated stripes and substitute them with new stripes.

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