Greetings everyone and I hope you had wonderful summer. The President is going to give a 15-20 minute address to students, and school districts in Texas, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Virginia, and Wisconsin have decided not to show it! And school districts in California have sent a letter home asking parents for permission to have their student watch it! I am shocked, but not surprised. Former President Bush did the same thing in 1991, and Democrats criticized him for it, but a Presidential address to students about education seems perfectly appropriate to me, and would make for a great discussion afterwards in the classroom. I taught for many years, and was always looking for stimulating topics to engage students.
The big issue lately has been health care, and I hope many of you were able to attend Congressman Sam Farr’s town hall meetings. We must keep up the pressure for meaningful health care reform with a government-sponsored option until it is accomplished.
One of our biggest opportunities for success is joining with others to make change happen. Our members attended the Democratic Club of the Monterey Peninsula’s annual Birthday Party for Congressman Sam Farr, the Pajaro Valley Cesar Chavez Democratic Club’s annual program featuring California State Democratic Party Chair John Burton, and we attend the monthly programs of the Carmel Area Democratic Women’s Lunch Club.
Working together we can accomplish much more than working separately. We will continue outreach to other groups as we get closer to the many elections in 2010 so we will be successful in electing a Democratic governor and Democrats to other important state and local offices.