MARCH 11, 2011
Tax extension unpleasant but necessary Editor: As a conservative whose pay has been frozen for three years, I am against any more taxes. We live in an ungovernable state, deep in debt, run by fiscally irresponsible officials, controlled by special interests. We’re in the midst of a budget crisis that threatens to gut our schools even more. Numerous problems abound: In the last decade the California Teachers Union has donated $12 million to political causes. We are one of the highest-taxed states in the country, but at the bottom in both student funding and return for our tax dollar. California spends about $9,500 per student and $43,000 per prisoner per year. Reforming state employee unions and reeling in out-of-control spending is our only hope. This being said, we desperately need this five-year tax extension. We cannot afford to underfund the schools anymore. If you have children or relatives in school, do you not want them to have the full spectrum of opportunity before them? When teachers and staff are cut, and elective programs like the arts, theater and sports are cut, the effects will be devastating. While there are many problems that need to be addressed, this is the only quick fix for the immediate future. It is the least we can do for our children. They deserve so much more, and this crisis is not their fault. John Craig Brentwood
Brentwood should be proud Editor: It has been my pleasure and awe to work with many community organizations, nonprofits and so very many
civic-minded citizens over the last three years. I have been witness to a community that realizes that by working together, every part of the community can be made stronger and more prosperous. Businesses and organizations all have been supporting each other through the “interesting” worldwide economic times we live in now. By continuing to support each other locally, every aspect of the community has been strengthened. So be very proud of your city, Brentwood! As the downtown revitalization continues, new and existing businesses and events keep increasing the reasons why more and more people in the Bay Area are discovering Brentwood and the Delta as the place to visit, live and play. You can go to farms, vineyards, olive groves, health spas, great restaurants, stores, movie theaters and soon the only IMAX theater in Contra Costa County. I feel fortunate to have been associated, and hopefully to have assisted, a great community moving forward. Tracey Nobil Walnut Creek
Crab credit from Krey
Editor: The students of Krey Elementary School would like to thank the following businesses who supported our Krey Crab Feed Fundraiser: Grazie! Grille, Shadow Lakes Golf Courses, Craig Cauwels – Brewmaster at Schooner’s, Premier Designs Jewelry, Cover Ups Rentals, Code Brew Coffee and More, C&R Memorabilia, Sanya Hill Maxion – Arbonne Consultant, Bristow Middle School Leadership, Goodbye Pay TV, Bricks 4 Kidz, SF 49ers, Elaine Furtado – Hair Razors Salon, The Classy Cottage, Stacy Caligari – Vibe Salon, Black Diamond Gymnastics, Harvest Park Bowl, Ali Popovich – Junior Jazzercise, Art Inspired Studios, Sonia BennettNava, Heather Sandberg – Studio 26, Steve Viss – AV Images, and SawaSpa at Trilogy.
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Your generous donations helped make our event a huge success! Krey Elementary School Parents Club Brentwood
Eagle project hits homer Editor: I recently finished my Eagle Scout project. I wanted to extend a huge thankyou to our community. This community helped to make my Eagle project a huge success. I collected new and used baseball equipment to be donated to children in third-world countries. With the help and encouragement of many people I was able to collect almost 700 pieces of baseball equipment. Again, thank you for your donations, time, and most of all, your support. Brad Swisher Brentwood
Compassionate community Editor: We would like to thank The Press for running an article about our daughter Sydney and her journey battling an undiagnosed illness. Since the article ran on Dec. 23, 2010, we have been blessed so much by the outpouring of support from the community. When you are in a battle with any illness over a long period of time, it can feel very lonely. Being in and out of hospitals and doctors’ appointments for the majority of your days makes connecting with others very challenging. We have been blessed with having Nana and Papa living close by and being so very involved in our lives and all three of our children’s education and some friends that have stood by us through all of this. But since the article ran and the community has become aware of our journey, we have received so much support from some families in the same situation to families that couldn’t even imagine this happening to them. This added support
has truly blessed us and let us know that the community is behind us and others like us. We are looking forward to the day that we can turn this around and help others as well. For now, we are still working toward answers for our daughter. She has had a very challenging month, and as a chronic illness goes up and down with good and bad periods of time, it is hard to watch her in a bad time. We have many great doctors working to find the answer but we still have to manage the symptoms along the way. We are so excited about the offers from many business owners and community members to continue the ability to have more fundraisers for the ongoing expenses our family faces. Willy’s Bagels in Brentwood is having a Sydney’s Journey day on March 12 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Proceeds from that day will go to Sydney’s fund at US Bank and we will be there all day to meet the community and make some new friends. We have several other events penciled in and are looking forward to them as well. Please come by Willy’s to have a bite to eat and a chance for us to get to know you a bit and extend our thanks for all the support. We truly believe that Prayer – Courage – Support is the only way we can travel down this journey. Sydney is the Courage and we surround her with Prayer and Support every day. Thank you for blessing us with your prayer and support. You have lightened our burden and helped us push forward in helping our daughter obtain the quality of life most of us take for granted on a daily basis. Thanks to The Press for getting our story out there. If you are interested in following Sydney’s progress, you can go to www. caringbridge.org/visit/sydneystone or check out her website at www.helpsydney. info for upcoming events. From our family to yours, we send you our heartfelt thanks. The Stones Brentwood
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