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She has all the leverage

Dear Annie: My younger sister, “Nora,” is 43 and acts like an 18-year-old brat. She became pregnant nine years ago by a drug addict who is currently in jail for raping a 14-year-old girl. (He is out of the picture, thank goodness.) I love my nephew, “Michael.” My older sister and I keep him at […]

Elect Poppenga to school board

Sometimes you meet a man who impresses you with an honest smile and a firm handshake. This is certainly the case with Bob Poppenga. There are many candidates running for school board, and I haven’t met them all, but Bob offers qualities that are of great value in any organization. He is highly intelligent, extremely […]

October 30, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Duo are the best-informed

I’ve been an active volunteer supporting the Davis schools for nearly 40 years. The best-informed, most thoughtful candidates for the school board are absolutely necessary this year, given the challenges of Common Core, funding deficits and staffing deficits that threaten a great school district. I support Madhavi Sunder and Bob Poppenga because they have participated […]

October 30, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Humble and hard-working

I am a Davis teacher, and it is with certainty that I provide this letter of recommendation for Barbara Archer for school board trustee. I am privileged to have worked with Barbara on several projects. Her focus is to ensure that the school district provides learning options for all students, whether they choose a vocational path or […]

October 30, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Yes on 47 for our safety

Want to keep our streets safe? Then vote yes on Proposition 47. It will allow minor and nonviolent crimes such as personal use of drugs or petty theft under $950 to be charged as a misdemeanor, not a felony. A felony charge creates barriers to gaining or keeping employment, access to housing, educational opportunities, professional […]

October 30, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Something’s missing

In the past, Madhavi Sunder, current school board candidate, was involved with a group called Excel. This group existed to promote the Davis school district’s GATE (now AIM) program. This seemed to be an issue that was important to Sunder, yet I have not found this involvement listed in her bios nor have I heard […]

October 30, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

This is a terrific trio

I live in Davis because it is a community that values its children and puts their well-being first by investing in great schools. As the former California superintendent of public instruction, I believe our single most important responsibility is the well-being and education of children. So it was with great enthusiasm that I note our […]

October 30, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Not worth the effort

Dear Annie: My husband, an only child, never had a great relationship with his father, “Clyde.” My mother-in-law died six years ago, and my husband passed away three years later. While things are improving for my daughter and me, we are both having a hard time dealing with Clyde, who is in his late 60s. […]

Look at decision-making

Over the past 17 years of watching Davis school board meetings, what I look for in a candidate has evolved considerably. Seventeen years ago, I would have voted for the candidate(s) with the most experience and whose views on issues aligned most closely with mine. Now, I look for candidates who approach decisions with respect for […]

October 29, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Madhavi Sunder stands out

Among the many qualified candidates for school board trustee, the person who stands out the most to me is Madhavi Sunder. Her passion for education and equality are as unforgettable and bright as the orange of her campaign color. She demonstrates her commitment to the school system on a regular basis. The most impressive way […]

October 29, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Adams is a voice for equity

Please join me in voting for Tom Adams for school board. I know Tom well in his role as the executive director of the Instructional Quality Commission at the California Department of Education. I worked closely with Tom as he led the development of California’s groundbreaking English language arts-English language development curriculum framework for public […]

October 29, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Each student matters to Bob

Every Davis student deserves opportunities to maximize his or her academic potential. To meet this goal, the Davis schools must continue to offer program choice that best serves the needs of individual students. Bob Poppenga will support schools and teachers to achieve these aims, and this is why I support Bob for the school board. […]

October 29, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Preserve parental choice

We support Bob Poppenga for Davis school board. He is a sincere and honest person, a dedicated educator and a loving parent. We strongly agree with what he said: “Leadership is needed to assure investment in teachers and their professional development, to forge new public and private partnerships to expand the district’s resources, and to […]

October 29, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

She works harder, smarter

We enthusiastically support Madhavi Sunder for the Davis school board. We know first-hand that she has what it takes to perform extremely well in this capacity. Madhavi is a teacher in the classroom and she understands the challenges that face students and teachers. She demonstrates a strong commitment to social justice in the context of […]

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