Letters to the Editor

Lessons learned

I would personally like to thank the 2863 Longview residents who voted to share my vision for the Longview school board.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you.

To run for office, one has to be willing to fail. Instead of complaining about not having enough career options for Longview students, I, as a citizen decided to do something about it.

I grew and learned so much during the election campaign. Knocking on Longview resident doors, listening to their suggestions on how to improve our school district was heartening. Residents do care about the quality of schools in Longview. Many were very enthusiastic about my ideas about expanding vocational programs and partnering with unions and area companies about pre-apprenticeship programs in Longview high schools.

I worked my butt off and tried to make myself worthy of the school board position. I will reflect now on the knowledge I gained during the election process and use it if I ever decided to run again for elected office.

My advice to others who complain is to quit it!

Ask yourselves, “What am I going to do about it?”

Be prepared to sacrifice for your cause.

Joe Hobson

Longview

Incest survivors

Articles on adult sexual assault are in print all over these days but very little gets printed about parental incest. We must learn to speak openly about the victims born into a family headed by predator father and a mother who gives her tacit consent. We must discuss the devastating long-lasting scars incest leaves on its victims. The predator controls what should be the child’s safe haven and relies on walls of shame built over years and years of violation to silence those within. In time, all hope for a normal childhood is destroyed. Inside the dysfunctional maize normal parent/child and sibling/sibling bonds never occur. Bonding is virtually unknown to the incest victim and the father and mother will go to any length to insure that no bonds do form because bonding means trust and trust could lead to disclosure. So, if you know a parental incest survivor and over the holidays you should run into them, give her (or him) a nice long hug. Please.

Agnes Gardner-Chastain

Eagle-Vail, Colorado

Why it failed

The “no” voters in Toledo strongly disagree with your recent assertion that were stated in your “What did we learn” editorial on Nov. 10. In your comments about the failed Toledo school bond, you stated, “The public should be embarrassed about the condition of the school.” The only people that should be “embarrassed” are the Toledo School Board and its members. They are the people who are responsible for seeing that our schools are maintained and kept in good working order and condition for our kids, which they have failed miserably at doing. They have taxed us over $12,367,000 million in levy fees since the year 2000 alone and what do we have to show for it? Three failed bonds.

That money should have been used to keep the schools in good working order but was spent on their ridiculous sport programs and teacher salaries, ands now we should be embarrassed? The high school only has 220 students, and that population continues to drop year after year. This is why their third bond has failed.

Bob Reid

Toledo

Appreciation

Thank you to the voters of Longview who re-elected me to the Longview School District Board of Directors. I am also very grateful to the many volunteers who worked on my campaign.

Being re-elected to this position is a responsibility that I take very seriously. I will continue to work with my colleagues on the board and our superintendent to provide the leadership that our Longview students, employees, families and community deserve.

Thank you.

C.J. Nickerson

Longview

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