Letters to the editor of Argus-Courier on December 16, 2021
Include all sports in the conversation
EDITOR: I couldn’t wait to read last week’s op-ed âHail Petaluma High School Teams For Great Fall Sports Seasonsâ. Like so many others in our community, I have found such joy in watching high school athletes work hard in the sports they love while competing again. I am, however, disappointed that today’s op-ed did not mention any other Petaluma High School sports team outside of football. What about women’s tennis? Cross country? Volleyball? Girls’ golf? There are several high school athletes in all fall sports that dominated last season, including the VVAL Championships, and it’s an oversight not to at least mention the other teams that have persevered as well. It would be refreshing to see the non-footballing teams / athletes also âgreetedâ. These teams of athletes work incredibly hard and put in so many hours, some teams with minimal funding outside of what families can donate. Perhaps these sports other than football are not as exciting to watch, but the hard-working athletes in other sports also deserve to be recognized for their dedication. Please let’s celebrate them too.
The Sorensen case a reflection of white privilege
EDITOR: Normally I think someone is innocent until proven guilty, but Sonoma Country’s most infamous Instagram moms, Katie Sorensen, seems to be wearing her white coat of privilege a bit too proudly and shamelessly. , after accusing Sadie and Eddie Martinez, a Latino couple in Petaluma a year ago. This disturbing incident has made national and international news, but in post-Trumpian America, this kind of fanaticism seems to be the new normal. And for my part, I hate it!
TV’s “Inside Edition” reported: “The investigation produced no evidence or witnesses to corroborate the account provided by [Sorensen]. The evidence gathered was used to support the story provided by the store couple. “
Logically, there would be absolutely no point in the Martinez committing such a bizarre and self-destructive criminal act so publicly. Even suggesting that they tried to kidnap Sorensen’s children from a busy Michaels Arts & Crafts store at Christmas is clearly Sorensen’s little “karenesque” Big Lie.
The donated kayak was stolen
EDITOR: Several weeks ago, a generous and community-minded individual recently spent $ 80 of his own money to purchase a used double-hull yellow kayak and placed it at the foot of G Street for the use of the General public. He also carefully repaired a broken paddle given for use with the kayak. The craft was clearly marked âFor Community Use. Please come back. At some point between Wednesday December 8 and the morning of Sunday December 12, the kayak was stolen. Me and others who have used this kayak since it was made available call on the person (s) who took it to return it so that others can enjoy it.
The school district should have checked the teacher’s past
EDITOR: I am appalled after reading the article “Sonoma Academy Graduated Teacher at Casa Grande”. School leaders in Petaluma City need to take responsibility for their actions (or lack thereof) and stop playing the blame game. They are not the victim of this tragedy and they have not been “kept in the dark”. As ridiculous as it sounds, they didn’t ask for references or contact former employers before hiring the replacement teacher. If this is not part of the hiring process, the result is a direct result of the district’s inadequate hiring process and not the fault of Sonoma Academy. This is a defect that must be corrected as quickly as possible. They said that there is communication between public schools, which implies that there is no system currently in place for communication between public and private schools. If they were previously aware of this “discrepancy”, it is inexcusable that they did not perform further background and reference checks. Instead of hammering Sonoma Academy, maybe they should fix the flaws in the current hiring process to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
Michael grow up