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Letters to the Editor published June 3, 2009
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Why bother asking for nominations?

Editor, Ceres Courier,

Thank you for your editorial regarding the name for the new junior high school.

I, along with others, had nominated my father, Wayne Salter, for consideration. I attached several copies of important faces to show why he deserved to receive this honor. I wonder if any of the trustees saw it?

My father, now 95, was born and raised in Ceres on a ranch at the corner of Faith Home and Service roads. He attended Ceres schools, graduating from Ceres Elementary School in 1927 and Ceres High School in 1930. He also graduated from the University of California, Davis. He has been a staunch supporter of Ceres community events. He served many years as a Ceres High School trustee in the 1940s and 1950s. When he decided not to seek another term he received a letter signed by all of the teachers asking him to reconsider. He has farmed in Ceres many years and helped start and supported the Ceres Peach Festival, which is now called the Ceres Street Faire. In 1993 he was honored by the Ceres Chamber of Commerce as Agribusiness of the Year.

It has been the custom in past years to name new schools for trustees or other school officials. If the trustees did not plan on considering the names nominated, why did they bother having us send in recommendation forms?

Why not give the honor to someone who is highly respected in our community, who is known as a man of integrity, honesty, kindness and who has served the school district well? We need answers!

Claudia Salter Grubeck,


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Disappointed at choice of name

Editor, Ceres Courier,

I could not agree with you more about the School Board's decision to name one of our new schools after Cesar Chavez.

I know that several citizens nominated my friend Wayne Salter to receive that honor, and I was sure that he would be one of the individuals selected. Yes, Mr. Chavez accomplished much as he fought for the civil rights of farm workers. However, the real issue to me is a local one. We have had a very workable district policy in place for years that occasionally provides us an opportunity as a community to give honor to a local citizen who has positively influenced education here. No one is more deserving to be honored in such a way than Wayne Salter. He has lived in Ceres all of his 95 years, attended Ceres schools, has contributed greatly to agriculture in this area, and also served for several years on the CUSD school board.

I cannot begin to tell you how disappointed I was that our School Board chose to overlook the number of nomination letters received for Wayne, and instead bestowed the honor due him to an individual who has never been a part of our community. I believe this is an insult to Mr. Salter and to his family as well as to the community at large. We had an opportunity to honor a Ceres man once during his lifetime for an exemplary life of service to our community, and instead we chose to give that honor to someone who has never lived here and has been honored many times before in other parts of our state.

Where is the logic?

Barbara Hinton,

Former Mayor of Ceres

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Questions about the new trustee areas

Editor, Ceres Courier,

I am in recent receipt upon request from the Ceres Unified School District (CUSD) the proposed map of trustee areas/five population balanced districts. The CUSD website lists the seven elected members of the Board of Trustees and the year the term of each expires. The terms of four are shown to expire in 2009 and of three in 2011. If this map is still proposed, when will it be certain? Which trustee will be representing which of the districts? If this is public information, might a map be published in the Courier showing who represents which district? Will there be two at-large candidates? Which trustees will be without home districts? How will voting be done? I imagine I am not the only voter in the CUSD who would appreciate updated/repeated explanation of these changes.

Thank you.

Patricia Cousins,


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Some questions for all Democrats

Editor, Ceres Courier,

I would like our local democRATs to explain the lies about your president, Mr. Community Organizer in Chief. He has spent $800,000 fighting his hidden birth certificate because he was born in Indonesia. We have elected a fraud as president. He is not even an American born citizen. But rules don't apply to democRATS! They change the rules as they go along; but sure are quick to question others.

I guess they are unaware like their Community Organizer in Chief that he was attending a church (for 20 years) with a racist pastor who hates America. He was unaware that he was family friends with, and started his political career in the living room of, a domestic terrorist. He was unaware that he had invested in two speculative companies backed by some of his top donors right after taking office in 2005. He was unaware that his own aunt was living in the US illegally. He was unaware that his own brother lives on pennies a day in a hut in Kenya. He was unaware of the AIG bonuses that he and his administration approved and signed into a bill. He was unaware that the man he nominated to be his Secretary of Commerce was under investigation in a bribery scandal. He was unaware that the man he nominated to be his Secretary of Health and Human Services was a tax cheat.

He was unaware that the man he nominated to be his Secretary of the Treasury was a tax cheat. He was unaware that the man he nominated to be the U.S. Trade Representative was a tax cheat. He was unaware that the woman he nominated to be his Chief Performance Officer was a tax cheat. He was unaware that the man he nominated to be #2 at the Environmental Protection Agency was under investigation for mismanaging $25 million in EPA grants.

James Simoni,


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