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Sound Off! calls published Oct. 21, 2009
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• Cardoza has his own agenda

Regarding "Berryhill taking on Cardoza," Mr. Berryhill when are you going to start holding town hall meetings? Town Hall meetings can get everyone talking about why they should vote for you over Cardoza. Cardoza doesn't hold town hall meetings because he does not want to be held accountable. He has his own agenda. It does not take a lot of money to get out and meet the people who will cast their votes in November. But you have to become a household name.

I have attended tea parties in California and DC. Trust me, the middle American taxpayer is fed up with the career politicians and it is time for a regular person to stand up. I would be more than happy to help.

• Kline needs to explain why he was fired

Ceres School Board candidate Mr. Kline had actually been fired as an employee of the very district he seeks to govern. The circumstances of the firing are apparently confidential and Kline dismisses them as having "nothing to do with running for school board." Yet, as I investigated the matter I discovered a Ceres Courier article dated Oct. 3, 2007 in which Supt. Walt Hanline, in describing the circumstances leading to the firing, said "It's based upon conduct detrimental to students. The matter is very serious."

A board member's job is to safeguard the welfare of students, so how can this incident have "nothing" to do with running for School Board? I think Ceres Unified and Mr. Kline owe it to the voters to provide details on the incident which lead to the firing. Once a person becomes a public candidate, I believe they subject themselves to greater scrutiny and have a duty to disclose. In this case, we have fairly dramatic difference of opinion between Superintendent Hanline and Mr. Kline concerning the conduct which lead to his firing. Which is it? We shouldn't leave the safety and welfare of our children to chance so let's know the facts.

• Take the time to say something nice

It is a known fact that when we take the time to think of something good, or something nice to say about someone or something, it actually benefits us mentally, as well as emotionally and physically. And who doesn't want to feel good, even if only for a little while?

So, "Sound Off!" readers, what do you say we take one week and think of something positive to say about either a local business and/or its employees or something else around Ceres we appreciate? Not only will it give us a break from the norm for a little while, but it will also give the person who has to handle our calls a pleasant break from the usual.

With that said, I would like to say how much I appreciate the local Community Hospice Hope Chest store on Mitchell Road and the people who work there. It provides a much needed service to families in the community who are struggling to make ends meet today.

The people there are hardworking, helpful and friendly, and greet you with a smile. The store has a variety of merchandise, from housewares to kitchenware, toys, clothing, medical supplies, furniture, appliances and much more. They can always use any plastic or paper bags or newspapers you have that you don't want, and/or any donations.

They also help fund the services of Hospice. Anyone who has needed their services in caring for a loved one who is terminally ill knows the much needed support Hospice can provide.

So that's my contribution to positive things. I look forward to reading about yours.

• Stay off top of visitor side bleachers

As football season is upon us, I would like to remind the folks attending games at Ceres High School that the top bleachers on the visitors side are off limits. They usually have security people enforcing this rule, but lately they are not there. Please stay off the top bleachers and keep your children off there as well. Those of us who live below the bleachers have dogs who are annoyed by strangers, and as a result they bark non-stop. Requests to move away from the bleachers are usually met with negative results, so here's a warning: the garden hose is cold at this time of the year.