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Letters to the Editor: School board candidate forum up for viewing; Fan the flame of civility, cooperation

Letters to the Editor: School board candidate forum up for viewing; Fan the flame of civility, cooperation

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School board candidate forum up for viewing

The Santa Maria Times Sept. 28 commentary on county school Board of Trustees was thought provoking. School board elections sometimes get lost in the noise of a general Presidential election, yet what could be more important than the state of a public education system in a democracy?

The League of Women Voters and Future Leaders of America co-sponsored a Zoom forum for the Santa Maria Joint Union High School Board of Trustees candidates debate on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

A forum where all the candidates are seated in the same room and respond to the same questions which were delivered by a representative from each of the two sponsoring organizations provides a very telling comparison of personality, knowledge and preparedness for the challenges facing education in the “new normal” of our society.

The time honored League outline continues to provide a structured timeframe allowing all candidates the same opportunity to answer questions or also choose not to answer questions. The other unique feature is that the audience is encouraged to provide questions that are asked of the candidates during the second half of the forum. This brings questions from the constituents directly to the candidates

We are pleased to let you know the forum was recorded and is available for viewing. Please share with family friends and community groups.

Video of the forum can be accessed on the website of Future Leaders as well as the LWVSMV website

Please pass this on … and remember to vote.

Lisa J. Thornhill

President, League of Women Voters Santa Maria Valley

Fan the flame of civility, cooperation

I read the letter to the editor by Central Coast Planned Parenthood CEO Jenna Tosh, with the thought of really wanting to sit down and talk over things with persons of her mindset. How nice it would be to have a civil discussion without the discord exhibited in the first presidential debate.

I would tell Jenna that I appreciated her concern for the lives lost because of COVID-19. I would ask her if she appreciated my concern about the loss of millions of babies through the efforts of Planned Parenthood. Kindness can be expressed in the midst of disagreement.

Where has all this present rancor and anger come from? We find an answer in Proverbs 29:8. It says, "Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away from anger." Just the other day, over 100,000 people gathered in Washington D.C. in a joint session to pray for our nation. Please, take time to fan the flame of civility and cooperation. Our future depends on it.

David Bixby

Santa Maria



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