Community loses fine people in Christie Babich, Steve Luis
As like many in our community, I make my living and transact much of my business in between the Flynn Center and Front Street on H Street.
Over the past few years, I came to know County Auditor Christie Babich, both professionally and as a friend. As auditor, she was the epitome of efficiency and integrity. All too often in this day and age, when we don’t take time enough for each other. Christie was the exception, unfailingly taking time to make time, always with a smile and kind word, both in and out of the office.
I didn’t know Steve Luis well, but I know many who did and I hear the same good things said of him that I knew of Christie.
If we fail to protect environment, we’ll face greater catastrophes
President Obama is the first president since Jimmy Carter to attempt to come up with “green” solutions to our coal and oil dependency problem.
Ever since I witnessed the Santa Barbara oil spill I have urged our national leaders to find alternatives to oil.
Generally, economic/political concerns deterred politicians from moving in new energy directions. Oil got tax write-offs and determined the rules or regulations. Green energy got little help. Could that be due to oil’s powerful lobby?
Several points need to be made about test performance, grades
In response to the recent article and letters about changing student’s grades for test performance, there are several points that need to be brought to light.
The California Standards Test (CST) is an end of course exam that tests students on specific standards. The standards development process brought teachers together to develop consensus on skills and knowledge students should possess. Before adoption in 1998, these standards went through a public comment process which allowed for parents, community members and business individuals to provide important feedback prior to state adoption.
The California Department of Education holds each school accountable for these test scores. Del Norte Unified School District schools are deemed high- or low-performing solely on CST and exit exam test student performance.
Unchecked flow of illegals will reach saturation point
I wish to thank Mike Misewicz for his June 8 response (“Immigration dispute letter prompts range of emotions”) to my May 29 letter to the editor (“Where is The Triplicate on the immigration issue?”). I am not at all clear if it was intended as a criticism or instruction. It completely avoided engaging any of the points I made in my letter.
I never stated I thought illegal aliens were not fine, hard-working people. I went through elementary and high school with many students of Mexican ancestry. Additionally, half of my friends were of Mexican ancestry. My godfather was Hispanic as were the godparents of one of our children.The difference between the Hispanic people I’ve referred to and those in my letter were that the former were all Americans. They were citizens of the United States and proud of it. The latter are not.
Thanks to men’s golf assn., H.S. golf team for Rally for Cure help
On behalf of the Del Norte Women’s Golf Association, I’d like to thank the members of the Del Norte High School boys’ golf team and the members of the Del Norte Men’s Golf Association for conducting a golf clinic for participants of the Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament.
They did a great job of introducing the game of golf to women golfers from Del Norte and Curry counties! There are still spaces available for women golfers for this weekend’s Rally for the Cure. Please call 458-3214 to sign up.
Jane E. Rumiano
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