Missed the points
Your recent editorial titled, “Cuesta College can’t risk losing its accreditation” (Feb. 13), started in the right direction but missed two key points.
You rightly noted that the college must offer quality instruction to current students. However, you implied that other recommendations aimed at strengthening the college’s ability to continue to do that in the future were less important.
As a Cuesta administrator for more than a dozen years until my retirement in 2007, and as a member of half a dozen accreditation teams that visited Cuesta’s peer institutions, I appreciate the need for both excellent learning opportunities for current students and for processes that ensure future learning opportunities.
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While there is enough blame to go around, passing the buck to Sacramento does not help Cuesta College solve its dilemma. That situation was exacerbated when our community refused to pass a bond issue that most community college districts, including Allan Hancock College, have done in the last decade. This has allowed our neighboring district to lure administrators away. It has also made it difficult for Cuesta to offer competitive salaries and other resources that would allow us to recruit and retain high quality replacements.
I agree with Joe Tarica on the rituals of patriotism (“Here’s how to be a true patriot,” Feb. 12). In fact, when I began my first teaching job at an Orange County junior high school, I had my students begin each day with a pledge of allegiance to the world.
No one objected, but that was 1970. However, rituals of patriotism, like all rituals, are stored in our bodies and hard to change. Now I give them some slack.
I’m writing to thank Central Coast Funds for Children for its $2,000 donation toward the Big Brothers Big Sisters school-based mentoring programs.
CCFC’s mission is to raise funds for children in need in our county. Its generosity will help ensure that participating elementary students and their high school and college-aged mentors will build self-esteem and other developmental assets.
When children’s self-confidence increases and they feel better overall, positive changes start to occur. Based on the data we collect from our clients, 77 percent increased their grades, 82 percent improved their classroom behavior, 77 percent were better able to avoid substance abuse, 75 percent showed more respect for other cultures, and 77 percent improved their relationships with other children.
We thank Central Coast Funds for Children for helping to make that possible.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County executive director
Pet adoption success
The San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter volunteers want to express our deep gratitude and endless appreciation for your mention about the special animals at our shelter and our Sweetheart Adopt-A-Pet event held Saturday.
You cannot imagine the impact a single mention in the newspaper has on the rate of adoptions at our shelter on a day-to-day basis or for a given event.
We had one of our biggest days ever: 16 dogs were adopted that might not have been without your help.
We are a passionate group of volunteers who work tireless hours to get these little guys a home and out of the shelter.
Our high moments far outweigh our low moments, but this definitely gave us a lot of mileage and hope for the future that we can make this happen again.
Thank you so much from all of us here at the shelter.
San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter volunteer