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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 5

‘Our country has been blinded by greed’

EDITOR: Many years ago we, the American people, chose to cut God out of the classrooms, Christmas scenes, graduations as well as from our very lives. Children are raised today with no idea that there is a God who knew them before they were born, loves them with His whole heart and has provided for them. Many youngsters now grow up without God, or morals, while adults have become self-serving and greedy, with no mind or heart for the needy and suffering. As a result, we now have gangs taking over schools and cities. We are flooded with illegal drugs, immorality is the norm – found even within police departments and government offices -- and we are paying for these offenses to the God who made us. Our recent Presidential debates and election were disturbing proofs that we are unable to take care of ourselves or to behave as mature adults. Our national government is literally falling apart. Take a look at our entire world; we have massive problems with poor soil, droughts, climate change, wars without end. Every town that exists in our world today has flourishing drug, and human, trafficking. Yes, every single town in California has pornography clubs, even making use of toddlers for their evil gratification. Check with your police department for verification on this. Members of our own Congress fight medical care for all so that they can keep their own pockets full, despite causing the poor to suffer needlessly. Banks fail along with children failing in school. The entire world is suffering greatly. Yet, it seems that most believe that we do not need God. So why should God help us when He has been abolished from our lives? Our country has been blinded by greed, simply and selfishly choosing to ignore God’s Ten Commandments which are found in the Bible, chapter 20 of the book of Exodus.

It wasn’t a magic fairy who built America or created our beautiful land. It was God himself and God-loving statesmen who wrote our Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America, the Bill of Rights. These documents are gifts from God Himself as they mirror his Ten Commandments, which were given to us to ensure our well-being and health of body, mind, spirit and land – the very Commandments which America has chosen to discard for wholly selfish reasons. It looks to me as if we have proven that we do, in fact, need God.

Judith Rose

Sonoma

Good ol’ golden-rule days

EDITOR: The beginning of a brand new school year is right around with corner, with most public schools in Sonoma County having opened their doors in August. To help get families off to a strong start, Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) has rounded up some helpful resources. In case you didn’t know: SCOE is a partner to the county’s 40 school districts, providing services that help them serve roughly 71,000 students. We offer districts services like fiscal support and professional development while also running our own programs for alternative education and special education students who are not served by school districts. Each school district is self-governing and is overseen by a separate board of trustees and district superintendent.

For helpful resources such as a district calendar summary, a district lookup tool, and general education facts, visit scoe.org/backtoschool. There you can also find publications geared toward the interest of students and families. Get the scoop on SCOE-sponsored student events, find out how to interpret your child’s Smarter Balanced test results, and so much more. Also included is Spotlight, our annual insert that runs in local newspapers and highlights success stories in Sonoma County schools. From gaining literacy through Legos to launching flexible classroom seating pilots, you will see there is no shortage of amazing work being done by today’s students. In addition to exploring the exciting initiatives taking place in classrooms across the county, this year’s edition of Spotlightprovides back-to-school resources, from a kindergarten readiness checklist to a rundown of immunization requirements.

If you have questions specific to your school district, please contact your district directly. You can find the appropriate contact information in our Directory of Sonoma County schools at scoe.org/schooldirectory.

I wish everyone a happy and successful school year as we move into 2017-18.

Steven D. Herrington

Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools