Enough has already been written about Annie the dog —according to some readers, more than enough — so we won’t belabor the issue here. Suffice it to say that we, too, hope that Annie’s new owners find it in their hearts to return the Australian shepherd to her original owner.
That said, we’re appalled by the suggestion that the name of Annie’s adoptive family should be made public, and we toss a bad-dog brickbat at those advocating for release of the information.
While we’re normally champions of the public’s right to know, in this case, releasing the identity of the new owners would leave them open to ridicule, harassment, acts of vandalism and other bullying tactics. We understand that Annie’s story has struck a nerve, but it’s time to put a muzzle on the ranting.
Pat on the back for election workers
It’s been a challenging summer for county election workers, who were faced with running three elections — the June primary and two special elections for state Senate — over the course of less than three months.
Through it all, staffers at the county elections offices — as well as the precinct workers — have been as professional and courteous as ever. A you-deserve-a-break bouquet is in the mail for each and every one of you.
Early start for some county students
Finally, we see some summer weather — just as kids are heading back to class.
Several schools — including Cuesta College — were back in session this week, and more will open next week.
Call us old-school, but we still don’t understand why the fall term now starts in the middle of August. (Cal Poly, by the way, has the right idea; students don’t return to class until Sept. 20.)
It’s small consolation, we know, but we offer back-to-school bouquets to SLO County students, along with a piece of advice: Don’t forget to slather on the sunscreen before you hop on the bus.
Local test scores improving
While we’re on the subject of education, K-12 students in SLO County deserve extra-credit bouquets and a homework pass for continuing to show steady improvement on standardized tests. Scores were up in nearly every category, and overall, 60 percent of county students scored “proficient” or “advanced” in English and language arts. In math, 53 percent scored in that range.
It’s especially noteworthy that students performed well in spite of the many budget cuts that schools have endured — and that’s a testament to the caliber of local teaching staffs.