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Support Proposition 28
to support art in school

Thank you for starting Voters Should Support Prop. 28, support arts and music education,” (Page A13, August 21), showing how critical it is for California public school students to have access to a solid arts education. I urge all Californians to vote yes on Proposition 28 this November.

As a passionate advocate for education and a performing arts teacher, I have seen firsthand the impact of the arts and music on students. But the reality is that in California, arts and music education remains inequitable and out of reach for millions of public school students.

By voting yes on Proposition 28, we can give millions access to the arts and music education they so desperately need. He would dedicate nearly $1 billion a year to arts and music for students without raising taxes.

If passed, Proposition 28 would be the largest investment in arts and music education in the country. I proudly support Proposition 28.

Veronica Talton
Sacramento

Four reasons to vote
for Chavez for mayor

I am sometimes asked why I enthusiastically support Cindy Chavez as the next mayor of San Jose. Here are four reasons:

• No one is better at creating ambitious goals and achieving them. The Children’s Health Initiative provided coverage for 99% of children in the county.

• Cindy unites diverse groups with a single vision. The 2016 Measure A Homeless initiative has already helped provide housing for 14,000 people.

• Cindy doesn’t care who gets credit; she is solely focused on serving our community. The rapid response to COVID has saved thousands of lives.

• Finally, Cindy cares a lot about people. She proved this again in August 2021 when she possibly saved my mother’s life after a charity walk, staying with my mother for two hours.

As you consider the next leader for America’s 10th largest city, please consider Cindy Chavez.

Carl Guardino
Former CEO of Silicon Valley Leadership Group
San Jose

Santa Clara County
needs Khamis on board

I recently attended a meet and greet for Sylvia Arenas. It was held at one of our centers in The Villages. She arrived about 20 minutes late. Her focus was justice, social services and that the root cause of everything is poverty. She wasn’t sure who the Santa Clara County Sheriff was reporting to and was evasively building a new jail. She co-authored a memo on allowing non-citizens to vote in local elections.

Johnny Hammis’ background is finance and business. He understands the burden that taxpayers carry. He knows how to budget. Johnny has a plan to reduce homelessness and crime. He has a track record of saving taxpayers money when he was on the San Jose City Council.

I believe Johnny Hamis will do the right thing for the residents of Santa Clara County.

Cathy Pope
San Jose

GOP messes up the economy;
Dems are picking up the pieces

Every four years, the American public decides that the Republican Party is better able to solve America’s problems. But perception is not reality because the “Party of No” never delivers.

To see what course the GOP intends to chart, just look at their party platform for 2020. Oh wait, for the first time since 1850, the GOP didn’t bother to write one. When given the chance in the past, however, they have had no answer to the immigration problem, recent presidents have never balanced a budget, and have consistently rolled back all of the Democrats’ achievements on the environmental front. If you listen to Congressman Kevin McCarthy, the GOP’s three-pronged strategy is to codify a national anti-abortion law, vote no on everything Democrats propose, and, of course, go after Hunter Biden.

The good news is that in two years the Democrats will be re-elected to pick up the pieces. And so it always goes.

Bob Parker
San Jose

Careless driving puts
more than a driver at risk

Re. “San Jose now at 25-year high of 29 pedestrian deaths in 2022 with new case classified,” Page B3, October 28:

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