Letters to the Editor
At a time where we’re all sick of the hateful tenor of politics in this country, it was incredibly disappointing to see the commentary from Gaby Dolphin (“Let’s Meet ‘the Kevins,’” Oct. 25). Neither of us have ever met her but she didn’t hesitate to (by her own admission) use “some oral history” to conveniently place us in a box and label us as she sees fit.
Dolphin’s piece and all the vile mailers we’ve all received in recent weeks are huge steps backwards from restoring civility to our local political scene. Two years ago we ran for re-election and won in a landslide. Alameda voters know we have integrity, present accurate information and work on behalf of the entire community. We stand by our record.
And we stand by our endorsements of Robert Matz and Tony Daysog for City Council. Both would bring the intelligence, independence and fiscal responsibility that our local government needs.
I am writing to urge all of my fellow Alamedans to re-elect Mayor Trish Spencer.
During her time as Mayor and earlier as an Alameda Unified School District Board of Education member, Trish has impressed me as an elected official who always puts the needs of her constituents first. Sometimes that leaves her in the minority when votes are tabulated, but I never doubt that she considers all elements of the issues on which she votes. Trish makes her decision based on her belief in what is best for the City of Alameda and its residents.
What else can we ask of our elected officials?
As a retired Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) principal, parent of three AUSD graduates and, more importantly, an Alameda community member, I heartily support Anne McKereghan for the City of Alameda Board of Education. I have known her since her daughter was a student at Encinal High School. She so valued her daughter’s positive experience at Encinal, it created her desire to give back, not only to the students of Encinal, but the entire AUSD community.
I have observed Anne dedicate time and energy to much-needed parcel tax efforts to benefit our students and employees. Her tireless efforts have helped the underfunded AUSD.
Anne’s ability to make difficult decisions, coupled with her courage to stand up for her convictions characterize her strengths as a Board of Education member. I have observed Anne’s willingness to devote her time and energy as a board member the last two years and I know that effort will continue.
The most important task of any board member is to assure the fiscal stability of a school district — quite a challenge today with limited state funds coupled with the needs of our deserving employees and the continual effort to improve achievement for all students. Anne is up to this challenge.
I am all in with Anne as an AUSD Board of Education member. I believe you should be, too.