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Opinion - March 17, 2017

Letters to the editor

Continue support for Common Core

In these uncertain political times, Californians need to stand by the gains we've made for public education over the past several years. Despite their repeated threats, the new federal administration will have little power to repeal Common Core, and we are more committed than ever to the standards we have worked so tirelessly to implement statewide. As a Mountain View resident, and mother of three, I believe that the Common Core standards are helping to transform public education in California by setting a high bar in the classroom to ensure children of all backgrounds and needs receive a quality education.

I served as the president of the Los Altos/Mountain View PTA Council — the collection of the elementary and junior high schools in both districts — and was proud to represent the districts and their fine academic achievements. The Common Core standards have enhanced these successes, and I believe both districts should continue to support these high standards.

I hope Mountain View will stand firm and insist upon the best education for students.

Gina Wulff

Waverly Place

Pay attention to arsonist in the attic

An open letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein regarding Supreme Court nominees:

Dear senator:

Imagine you live in a 200-year-old home that has been in your family for generations. You expect to pass it on to your children and so while under your stewardship, you lovingly care for it. You notice that the dining room needs new draperies. You inspect fabrics and consult with professional decorators. Suddenly you smell smoke. Someone has started a fire in the attic! Would you not stop thinking about the drapes in the dining room and start thinking about the arsonist in the attic?

Senator, we are suffocating in smoke. The words "treason" and "president" are spoken in the same sentence. How is it possible for you to think about a Supreme Court nominee when our democracy is under fire?

This is a national security issue — something on which Democrats and Republicans can find common ground.

You have been in the Senate a long time. You are highly respected on both sides of the aisle. I urge you to lead a united effort to remove the shroud of suspicion that now darkens the Oval Office. We must know whether or not our president has been compromised. We must have a credible investigation.

I urge you and your colleagues to abstain from considering any Supreme Court nominee until public trust in the legitimacy of the presidency is reasonably restored.

Mary Enright

Monroe Drive

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