Danville Express

Perspective - April 27, 2007

Letters to the editor

Everyone has right to worship

Dear Editor:

I really love your newspaper and look forward to it every week. However, I was extremely disturbed to see the rantings of Michael Arata in your "Perspective" section. We have been given a respite in this community since the Valley Citizen has stopped production and thankfully his standing column is no longer.

I am proud to be a part of a community that St. Timothy's calls home, and regardless of how people feel, homosexuality is real and these people have every right to worship and be welcomed into any religious community they wish.

I applaud the Rev. Trapani for her support and the Danville Weekly for publishing such a wonderful article about St. Timothy's. It restores my faith in mankind when all else seems to be crumbling around us.

Alyson Colton, Danville

Superb school coverage

Dear Editor:

Your coverage of our local school district has been superb. The feature article on Joan Buchanan, arguably the greatest contributor, was outstanding. My work with her as adviser, while I served four years as member of the Measure A Citizens Oversight Committee (MACOC) until this past February, confirms her accurate self analysis, "Non-partisanship is the ideal government," and "I'm fiscally conservative and morally more liberal." Like Joan, I, too, will decide in the next few months about my future.

Your editorial April 13 was accurate also. We used Measure A funds rapidly to avoid the inflationary affects of a lengthy Iraq invasion, and booming economies in China and India. The contributions of our PTAs cannot be overlooked in the assessment of the health of our district. Rachel Hurd, a PTA leader, MACOC member, and an engineer, was elected to the Board of Trustees. We could be placed in another favorable position, if our state Sen. Tom Torlakson, currently chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and likewise bipartisan, is elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2010. Superintendent Robert Kessler and the trustees stances against homophobia and domestic violence round out why I think our district's great.

STAND!, the largest domestic violence agency in the county, has as its Joie De Vivre Gala theme this year, "Dancing with the Stars." Although last year's STAND! fundraiser had a different theme, some named my mystery partner and I the winning dancers. I'll enjoy competing against Latin Champion Anna Trebunskaya and NFL's Jerry Rice this year!

Ralph Hoffmann, Danville


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