Name change decision defies wishes of majority
I read with regret Todd Guild’s article in your Nov. 18 edition, “Cabrillo College trustees vote for name change.” According to the article, 76% of our community did not want to change the name of our excellent community college, an issue which should have been on the ballot of our recent election.
I know of no friends, family, Cabrillo students or faculty who favored such action, or of wasting $200,000 to $800,000 to do so.
Cabrillo College is a local gem, a resource for citizens of all ages. I remember the day it opened in 1959, when classes were first held at Watsonville High School and in local churches. One family member was there to attend the first day of classes.
It’s unfortunate that a small group can dictate to the wishes of Santa Cruz County citizens. My family will continue to support our jewel of a community college and the Cabrillo College Foundation, which has helped so many local students achieve their educational goals.
Dave Miller, Watsonville
Autocrats threaten democracy
Once again, kudos to Dr. Laina Farhat-Holzman for her outstanding article, “Revolutions in Russia and Iran” (Pajaronian, Nov. 23-Dec. 1). She spoke of the inevitable end of dictatorships in Romania and (hopefully) Russia and Iran. Yet while their populations are challenging Shia law and lack of human rights, the United States is now passing its own restrictive laws.
We are rewriting history to whitewash our amazing but nasty history. Florida is now firing college professors and teachers who dare to teach history as it actually unfolded. Books are being banned across the country—every dictatorship begins with book burning. Dictators need to stop knowledge, critical thinking and actual history. The rights of women and their doctors to control their own health, life and bodies are being struck down. The very backbone of democracy, the right to vote, is being challenged by autocrats like Trump and Kari Lake who refuse to accept the choice of the voters.
Let’s rejoice over the possible fall of two of the world’s dictators, but we must also remain alert over the frightening trend to imitate the horrific crimes of those very dictators we condemn.
Julie A Hanks, Ph.D, Watsonville