Beryl Smith

To financial oblivion we go

I think I’ve stumbled onto a truism. Mark Twain referred to our federal legislature as “that grand old benevolent asylum for the helpless!” I think he hit the nail on the hea ...

Sports costing our society

How many arenas does the public have to be build for the Kings before they can make it on their own? We seem to forget that one of the reason why the Roman Empire withered and died ...

Supply school choice — now

James McKesson is right (Reader Input, Journal, Jan. 15). We are being ripped off by academic elitists. For too long federal and state departments of education, in cahoots with the ...

Check data on existing towers

Authorities approving new cell towers should first demand data on towers in the proposed area and determine whether co-location can be achieved on existing towers. Up to five carri ...

Public school funding lacks sense

Foresthill teacher Dianne Foster posed a very pertinent question about school funding (Reader Input, Dec. 29, 2010): Why isn’t public education money getting to the classroom? O ...

Where’s the common sense?

When will county officials responsible for school budgets smarten up? Laying off teachers, support staff and cutting educational programs for students is not the way to solve the b ...

Raises reveal crass greed

If Wednesday’s article on supervisor raises is accurate, it’s time the citizens of Placer County rise up and throw these people (except Jennifer Montgomery) out of office. In ...

Sis boom bah; Go GOP, go!

Nevada City’s Ron Lowe (Reader Input, Jan. 18) seems to think only the GOP exercises “a form of tyranny.” What in the world would you call the Democrats locking the GOP out ...

Give U.S. back great education

I must agree with Beryl Smith (Reader Input, Jan. 15) that we need changes in education. The education in the United States was one of the best until the Department of Education w ...

Bemoaning public education budget woes

One cannot help but sympathize with the teachers in Loomis regarding their frozen salaries (Journal, Jan. 11). When will the public learn that the problem with California educatio ...