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Letters to the editor: Jan. 23

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You can’t beat experience

EDITOR: Old is 15 years older than you. Young is 15 years younger than you. No matter what age you are, you are part of the economy. The right to work should not be denied to you. What has come to my attention is age discrimination. I would like to bring it to your attention. I would like to see more people who can work given the opportunity to work.

Recently, a friend of mine who is 63 complained to me about how hard it is to find a job. She is good looking, personable, experienced and has the skill set to be a manager at a local winery. She was a manager at a local winery, until it sold to a corporation. So, she is out of fashion. She does not fit the image of the new business model.

This is a tragedy. If you can do the job, you should be allowed the opportunity. Another side of this tragedy is social security is not enough to live on. Retirement is not real. It is a bedtime story. Nobody is going to take care of you when you grow old. You are still going to struggle for a place to live and to put food on the table. Not to mention whatever other curves life throws at you. There was a time in American when retirement was real.

Please employ people who are older. They bring experience and temperament to the positions you can provide. They set an example for younger people. Our society needs to embrace a sense of loyalty, grace and elegance. If you are not helping people you are hurting them. Neglect is a form of abuse. When you walk into a business you should see member of all age groups represented. If you don’t, you are looking at a form of age discrimination. Be kind and tolerant of others; you never know how a great a burden they are carrying.

We need to make a positive difference in the lives of the people who make up our community.

Eric Heine

Glen Ellen

‘No confidence’ in Justin-Siena leadership

EDITOR: At the end of the day, the decision of one person, Robert Jordan, started the ball rolling, creating a whirlwind of havoc, devastation, uncertainty and, most of all, a complete loss of trust, faith and confidence in the “leadership” at Justin-Siena High School (“Justin-Siena Principal Resigns Suddenly,” Jan. 19). A complete waste. This was all for nothing and never should have happened in the first place.

We are thankful and grateful for our amazing teachers who have been the true champions through this fiasco. They have faced personal loss (devastating fires), the loss of a phenomenal leader and peer (John Bordelon), have been placed in the vulnerable position of speaking out, with letters of “no confidence” (from 41 of 53 teachers) in the leadership, to an organization who keeps them as “at will” employees. At a crucial time in our students’ lives, of impressionability and uncertainty, they have consoled and guided them through the mourning process of unconceivable and devastating events, the effects of which are long reached. We thank them for their tireless and committed efforts to support our students, and to try and right a wrong, to no avail.

Teachers and parents alike have reached out numerous times since October to Brother Donald Johanson, FSC, the Visitor of the District of San Francisco New Orleans, via phone calls, letters and emails, with absolutely no response, completely ignored.

The Board Chair, Mel Preimesberger, and another board member, Suzanne Truchard, resigned over the lack of transparency, due process and inability to waiver from their principles. What does that tell you? The decisions were made in a vacuum, and not in the best interest of the students, faculty or parents of the Justin-Siena community. What company in the real world could survive this type of leadership? There is absolutely no accountability on the part of the brothers, who defer everything as someone else’s decision, when ultimately, they are the final word. It is offensive and laughable.

Given Brother Christopher Brady’s known health history, why was he ever put in the position of Principal, and then concurrently as President, to begin with? Clearly, Brother Brady’s role was not to be long term. Given the power these positions held and, according to Brother Donald, Brother Brady could have chosen to recommend reinstatement of John Bordelon. Parents, students and faculty pleaded with him to do just that. Conflicting information said that it was Brother Donald’s decision. Neither of them were listening to the outcry from our school community as a whole. We were placated and dismissed at every turn.

So here we are, at the end of our high school journey – year four at Justin-Siena. We have had four principals, three presidents, two board member resignations and the most devastating fires in our community’s history. And no one will answer the question: “why?” Sweep it under the carpet is the mentality. What a complete and utter joke!

Ginny and Mickey Breen

Sonoma Valley