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Amid all of the debate over immigration reform and in view of the upcoming primary and general elections, I think that it is important Sierra Sun readers know just how their two senators, Boxer and Feinstein, are voting on this issue.On May 16, S.Amdt. 3961 to S. 2611 (Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006) was voted upon. This amendment would ensure that the proposed amnesty provisions of the bill will not go into effect until the border is secured.Both of California’s senators voted against this amendment. On May 18, S.Amdt. 3985 to S. 2611 (Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006), was voted upon. This amendment would ensure that persons who receive an adjustment of status under this bill are not able to receive Social Security benefits as a result of unlawful activity.Both of California’s senators voted against this amendment. So if either of these senators asserts that they support reform of our immigration laws, ask them just how.Paul DugganTruckee

Two of the teenagers who have had near perfect attendance each week at the Senior Tutors for Youth program at the Donner Creek Mobile Home Park reported amazing jumps in their third quarter grade point averages. Imelda Valdez and Sara Nieves, both seventh graders at Alder Creek Middle School, attributed their progress to their Senior Tutors and the program. The girls enthusiasm was repeated by Carlos Reyes who, after his first visit to the Senior Tutors program, wrote his tutor a note saying, You saved my life for social studies. If it wasnt for you, I would be toasted! The next week he proudly displayed a hall pass, his reward for having successfully turned in his homework.Alder Creek principal Susan Phebus visited in April and was delighted to see a tutoring program dedicated to the students at Donner Creek Mobile Home Park. She discussed finding computers for the group come fall, as there are currently none. Plans are now under way for the renovation of a larger room to be used as a teen center, meeting room and study center.The format for the Senior Tutors for Youth program is three-fold: One: Just prior to each weekly session, tutors meet for less than an hour to share and discuss effective teaching and learning strategies, and materials that augment the students academic and civic experiences. Two: One-on-one tutoring for an hour and a half. Each student has his or her own tutor for mentoring, befriending and learning. Three: Wrap-ups. A brief sharing of the highlights, problems, ideas and successes of the day. This format allows the tutors to continue to improve their skills, build a support group and receive feedback. If you are interested in becoming a part of this unique and very special intergenerational, one-to-one tutoring program in the fall, contact Lynette Eddy at 582-4221 or Sondra Napell at 583-4494. There will be an orientation for potential tutors in late August.Sondra NapellDollar Point

Nevada County voters are well advised to continue the tradition of excellent Superior Court judges by voting for Ray Shine.For over 30 years, Ray Shine, a Nevada County native, has demonstrated outstanding legal proficiency in all areas of the law. He is a no-nonsense, compassionate lawyer who will make an outstanding jurist. Vote for Ray Shine.James E. SimonJames L. PorterTruckee


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