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PAGE 4 -- THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2016 CLOVERDALE REVEILLE CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA Our monopolized choices s the California June 7 primary gets closer all-in voting starts in three weeks) we are earing more and more people complaining about a lack of choices among the five remaining presidential candidates. Even some of the candidates are grumbling about the "monopolistic" powers of the Democratic and Republican party machines. Two of the candidates, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, are running on anti-establishment cam- paigns, calling for radical changes to Big Government, Big Business and Big Parties. From opposite ends of the political spectrum, both men are "mad as hell" and are leading mobs of "angry" voters who "don't want to take it anymore." Well and good, but why should we be any madder about our politics than about our day-to-day eco- nomics or the same monopoly games that control our checking accounts, credit cards, food shopping, health care, transportation, fuel costs and leisure time options? Never in America's history has the means of pro- duction and finance rested in so few hands. The last time workers and families had such limited choices Teddy Roosevelt's populist party led a breakup of the railroads, oil companies and New York banks during the "nigh rent - low wage" days of the Gilded Age of Rockefeller, Carnegie and J.P. Morgan (1870 - 1900). Guess what? Those same oil and bank monopolies are back together again and the anti-trust laws that broke them up in the past do not exist anymore. Does "nigh rent - low wage" sound familiar? If you are not sufficiently "mad as hell" right now to join a Trump or Bernie revolt, just call customer service at Comcast, AT&T, your online bank or PG&E. After being put on hold or transferred a half dozen times maybe youql be ready to feel the "Bern" or put on a Trump red baseball hat. What does voting for president and getting abused by your cable TV provider have in common? Both are consequences of too much monopoly and the anti- democratic concentration of power and wealth. What good is political democracy without "economic democ- racy?" Instead of voting every four years for a new presi- dent, maybe we'd rather vote for a new phone compa- ny or a Home Depot replacement. The abusive cus- tomer service at Comcast and elsewhere is due to a lack of competition and a real open market. Without competition, there is no corporate incentive to be nice, offer better service or fair prices. Just look at our everyday lack of choices. We have come to live in an America where all of our toothpaste is made by two companies (and one of them owns Tom's of Maine). Here in Sonoma County we may have Bear Republic and Lagunitas, but 80 percent of America'S beer is made by Anheuser-Busch or MillerCoors. Walmart sells 25 percent of all the gro- ceries in the country and they dictate what food gets put on the shelf and what doesn't. Comcast, AT&T and Verizon control almost every American household's telephone and internet connec- tions. News media and entertainment choices are equally monopolized by Disney, FOX and iHeart Media (Clear Channel). The Rockefellers are gone but BP, Shell, Exxon- Mobil and Chevron not only own our natural gas and ...... produvtiorr;4au .they, als dominate our federal .... government's energy and tax policies. One company, Monsanto, owns and controls 95 percent of the world's corn and soybean seed production. With the absence of anti-trust protections, both Main Street and Wall Street are being stampeded by a merger mania where big companies buy off compet- ing startups, steal their inventions, raise consumer prices and consolidate or cut workers' jobs. This is not the free enterprise system that made America great. It is not the historic set of opportuni- ties and values that created the American Dream. More than we might understand, our ballot choices are being limited. Vote for Teddy Roosevelt. - Rollie Atkinson CHS staff and faculty concerns Editor: Recently, Cloverdale High School was nationally recognized by the Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll, for closing the achievement gap and helping more under-repre- sented students attend college. While our staff worked dili- gently to meet the needs of the Common Core State Standards and to provide a rigorous curriculum for all students, we know, and research shows, that this award would not have been pos- sible without the positive and nurturing school culture fos- tered by its staff and in particular, our Teacher Student Support personnel, Mark Lucchetti. Our cohesion and sense of community allow us to support students and prevent them from falling through the cracks. The WASC Visitation team also applauded us for our positive school culture when they came to CHS last month. Students cannot be academically successful without a strong social support system. Faculty who attended confer- ences surrounding the issue of equity and justice this year have been told, continually, that learning only happens when students have forged meaningful relationships with their edu- cational community. In short, our school's sense of community and our students' belief that teachers care about them is a pre- requisite to learning. We are writing this letter because we are gravely concerned that the school culture that has engendered our academic success is being seriously weakened by the short- sighted decisions made by Superintendent Jeremy Decker and Principal Kirsten Sanft. Moreover, we believe that the CUSD administration is completely out of touch with the priorities of CHS and does not support our students' or staffs best inter- ests as indicated by the failure to hire Mark Lucchetti as Vice Principal. In passing over Mark, who has indefatigably served as Vice- Principal in all but name for five years, administration has deceived Mark, the staff and students. Mark, as well as the entire staff, was under the assumption that if he were to pur- sue his administrative credential, he would be hired as Vice- Principal, both because he is the most qualified person for the job, and because he is essential to maintaining our positive school culture. Teachers are extremely unhappy and reeling with shock at Superintendent Decker and Principal Sanft's decision. We want the community to be aware that the administration chose to ignore the wishes of our entire staff and student body. In addition, Superintendent DeckelZs public assertion that it's a "promotion" is, frankly, complete obfuscation. Let us be hon- est. This is a reassignment - an involuntary reassignment that will hurt our students. When it was made known that he would no longer be at CHS, students were visibly upset. Sixteen-year-old boys were crying in classrooms. Protest flyers materialized out of thin air. The quick organization and 95 Will she plan and oversee Community Unity Day? These factors leave us with an alarming sense of mistrust and dwindling confidence in the administration's decision- making processes. More importantly, they have put our stu- dent's educational future at risk. Superintendent Decker and Principal Sanft may have filled a position, but they will not be able to fill the void that is left when Mr. Lucchetti leaves this school. We need effective leadership. We need transparent leader- ship. We need leaders who recognize, hear and value their teachers. Signed by 18 CHS Staff and Faculty Volunteer at Healdsburg Hospital Editor: Become a hospital volunteer. It is a worthwhile and fun way to give back. The patients and staff of Healdsburg District Hospital appreciate all that we do with just a few sim- ple tasks. For example, refreshing water pitchers, passing out menus and helping patients fill them out, running errands for the staff nurses and cafeteria personnel. We also man the gifL shop located in the lobby and hold two bake sales annually with the proceeds going towards scholarships for hospital employees and their medical careers. Both men and women are needed. If you can give just a cou- ple of four-hour shifts each month, you will be surprised how satisfying it is helping hospitalized neighbors as well as the hospital. If you are interested, please call 431-6500 and ask for the gifL shop. You can leave a message with your name and num- ber. You won't be sorry. Volunteers are not paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless. Debbie Williams Healdsburg District Hospital volunteer Kiwanis Mother's Day Breakfast set Editor: The Kiwanis Club of Cloverdale will be holding the 15th annual Mother's Day Breakfast on, of course, Mother's Day, May 8. Treat your mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, and friends, along with the rest of your family, to a wonderful breakfast. Each mother will receive a complimentary corsage. The breakfast will include ham, scrambled eggs, coffee, juice, milk and fresh strawberries along with buttermilk pan- cakes. As you come through the serving line you will be greet- ed by smiling Kiwanis members ready to serve you a good breakfast along with a cheerful good morning. Breakfast will be served in the Cloverdale High School gym from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The price is $9 for adults and $4 for chil- dren 10 and under. Tickets are available from Kiwanis mem- percent student buy-in at the walk-out is testament to their " bers, at Marl Center, Etc. or at the door. anxiety and anger. All proceeds from this fundraising event will go into the while Washington School may have a need for improve- ment in school culture and Mark's presence would benefit that school, there are and will be repercussions to the high school's culture. Washington's gain will be made at the high school's peril. Superintendent Decker is not resolving issues - he is merely transferring them to another location. We are also confounded that the basis on which the decision was made hinges upon his lack of curriculum experience. Only weeks ago, WASC distinctly praised our school's curriculum and innovative projects. Moreover, the recently hired Kris Menlove, our district Curriculum and Technology Director, could address any and all curriculum gaps. With one personnel decision, Principal Sanft and Superintendent Decker have jeopardized our school culture and our student's academic futures. They have also jeopar- Cloverdale Kiwanis Scholarship Account. There will be a dona- tion drawing for some great items, so be sure to check out the items and maybe you will take home a beautiful gifL for morn. Family photos will be taken for free by Theresa Gravely of Baby Love Boutique Studio from 8:30 to 10 a.m., so come all dressed up and have a beautiful photo taken as a remem- brance of this special day. Laurie Kneeland Cloverdale Community Garden fundraiser Editor: Community Garden Oasis is having a fundraising savory breakfast including plenty of delicious goodies from Trading Post Bakery on Saturday, April 30, 8 to 10 a.m. at the dized the safety and emotional well-being of our students, Community Garden Oasis grounds. Cost is $20 per person and ....... manF of wlaom, e -blark ucchetti.: as - ne ofi;hEmost-sigrfifa -.Pramee -- dll-be use&to replae t-he- ,olar cant adults in their lives. Their lack of understanding as to that were stolen last month. For more information call Ron at why the students and teachers are so upset with their decision not to hire Mark underscores how disconnected they are with the needs and priorities of our CHS community. It also highlights how blind the administration has been to what Mark Lucchetti does on a daffy basis. It is highly unlike- ly that the new Vice-Principal and Principal Sanft will have time for "curriculum development," as they will have their hands full with the discipline issues alone that Mark dealt with this year. In addition to diffusing discipline issues, Mark has taken on countless other responsibilities that are impor- tant to our student body and to the culture we are trying to preserve here at CHS. Will the incoming Vice-Principal also be directly involved with athletics? Will she be the ASB Advisor? Will she help plan rallies and greet the school each morning? 415-570-3037 or Mardi at 894-2736. Mardi Grainger Cloverdale What is the vision for CUSD? Editor: As a former educator at Cloverdale High School and proponent of our local schools, I generally try not to involve myself in the hiring and firing positions of the Cloverdale Unified School District. Instead, I target my efforts toward constructive support of the district, efforts that make things better for the youth of our comn unity. However, recent Letters continue on page 5 THE CLOVERDALE HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1879 Publisher RoIlie Atkinson Managing Editor Ray HoUey Reporters Tony Landucci, Devin Marshall, Frank Robertson, Krista Sherer, Stuart Tiffen, Amie Windsor Sports Editor Greg Clementi Customer service/graphics Dene0 Rebottaro Circulation Stephanie Caturegli Legals Eileen Mateo Bookkeeper Anna Harsh Advertising Cherie Kelsay Advertising sales inquiries: 894-3339 or cherie@hbgtrib.com VISIT US ONLINE www.cloverdalereveille.com OFFICE HOURS Monday through Friday 9a.m.to S p.m. 207 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Cloverdale Reveille (119-020 USPS) is published every Thursday by Sonoma West Publishers, Inc., at 207 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, CA 95425 (707) 894-3339. Subscriptions: $50 per year, $75 per year out of Sonoma County. Single copy $1. 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