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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 22 - 25

Let’s make this an opportunity to take the reins of our political system and all the structures that govern us. It is time to ask not only the elected officials, but also the churches, the nonprofits, the businesses, and the wine industry what they are doing to defend the immigrant community; to advocate for the immigrant community.

And then we must ask, what are we doing to defend and advocate for the immigrant community? And more importantly, what are we willing to undertake?

Because one thing is sure, there will be future occasions when we need to defend ourselves, until our representatives and the systems around us truly represent us.

So I invite you to action. Go with the firm intention to get involved, to continue to participate, and to double your efforts on behalf of the immigrant community and our whole community.

Mario Castillo

Sonoma Valley

School ratings site gets poor ratings

EDITOR: A message for the Sonoma Valley Unified School District board: I am writing to follow up on my previous letter to the editor (Failing Schools Shouldn’t Invest in Sports,” Sept. 12). My understanding is that the data I retrieved from school-ratings.com has been difficult to locate and/or is not viewed as current and credible by the Board. It is difficult to find data regarding the academic performance of students in Sonoma’s public schools, and I presented the Board with the information that I was able to locate online. I believe that it is in the Board’s and public interest that such data be available in a form that is accessible, current and objective and that this information should be used to guide the management of Sonoma’s public schools.

I suggest that the Board publicly post the academic performance data that the Board believes accurately reflects the current state of our schools. With periodic updates of the performance data, the Board and the public will be able to assess the impacts of Measure E and other initiatives. I believe that this approach would provide a common reference point which would facilitate a convergence of opinions and harmonization of efforts towards the improvement of the academic performance of Sonoma public schools.

Kent Iverson

Sonoma