Napa Valley Updates

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A well thought out letter which appeared in the Star last week.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Editor: I cry for my beloved city. For some 70 years St. Helena has been a special place to me. I have watched it grow from a small farm village to a dynamic, wonderful town in the heart of Napa Valley’s wine country.

St. Helena achieves its valuable and friendly neighborhood character through the excellence and dedication of its residents. This was demonstrated again last year by the success of the Cheers! St. Helena program.

One of the sterling assets of the town is the excellence of the public school system that ranks in the top of all California schools.

And now we are facing a very divisive school board total recall vote. A few disgruntled parents have managed to convince enough voters to sign a recall petition that is turning neighbor against neighbor.

The problem is really the result of the California Initiative System that has all but bankrupted the state.

The heartbreak and expense of the recall could have been avoided by simply waiting for the school board election this year to test the quality of the present board and their fitness to manage the affairs of the school system.

If the recall is successful the St. Helena school board will be composed of five members that have never had the responsibility of running such a large and expensive school system that is so vital to the health and viability of St. Helena.

My vote will be against the recall.

Charles A. McKinnon

St. Helena