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Letters to the Editor, Oct. 3 - 5

At Sonoma Valley High School and across the District American flags are in every classroom, gyms, and fly daily on school flagpoles. We are proud of those displays and what they affirm.

As with many issues across the county, social media and miscommunication can turn a misunderstanding into a confrontation.

With this issue now before us at Sonoma Valley High School, regardless of the impetus behind its beginning, we will be moving forward immediately to engage students and staff in mindful, open conversations not only about the use of the flag as an emblem of patriotism, but also about how in these emotional and often polarizing times we need to be sensitive to attitudes, views, and sentiments that may lead to the inappropriate use of the flag.

The student population at Sonoma Valley High School clearly reflects the diversity within our community. This diversity has long been a strength of our school and I fully expect that providing staff and students opportunities to think through and talk about what led to such a quick disconnect, will help us to better communicate about such issues in the future before miscommunication overtakes opportunities to clarify and affirm.

Finally, this issue offers a valuable opportunity for staff and students. Ultimately, I believe this experience will lead to deeper understanding and acceptance for our entire school community.

Kathleen Hawing, principal

Sonoma Valley High School

Mammogram memorandom

EDITOR: Great news about the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation money to purchase a new 3D mammography unit. The sad news is it will be placed in the hospital and the Women’s Center will be closed. The SVH board and Kelly Mather made the decision without discussing it with the women in our community. You will no longer have easy parking or a feeling of privacy when going for your mammograms.

The hospital announced they now have a female OB/GYN and a breast surgeon. These doctors will not be available every day because they have offices elsewhere.

The Perkins facility was never used by the hospital as much as it could have done. There is space there for a doctor’s office and exam room. Perfect for a part-time OB/GYN and still be able to have the use of a mammography unit.

All this hasn’t happened yet. The Perkins rental is up the first of the year. If you object going to the hospital for you mammogram speak up now.

Carolyn Stone

Sonoma