There is a program called Invisible Children. It is about saving children in Uganda who are being abducted into war. The war has been going on for over 20 years. There have been about 10,000 kids abducted, and 2 million people are caught in between wars. About 1,000 people die every week. There are signs of this war stopping but we need your help. For more information visit http://www.invisiblechildren.com You can also go to http://www.youtube.com and look up Invisible Children and see their pain.
Konrad Przybyslawski and Nash Baehr
7th graders at NTMS
Friday when I sat down to enjoy a cup of tea and the Sierra Sun while taking a break from my Easter preparations I was appalled to find the cartoon on the editorial page depicting Jesus and the devil at a bar drinking beer. Does the editorial staff not know that the Friday preceding Easter is Good Friday, arguably the most solemn day in the Christian liturgical year? This is the day that Christians formally remember Christ’s brutal death on the cross, an unequalled sacrifice by the Son of God for our salvation. I thought that this was general knowledge amongst educated Americans, no matter what their beliefs. If the editorial staff felt that it was imperative to publish this type of a cartoon, certainly common courtesy would dictate that it would not be done on such a holy day.
The board of trustees at Sierra College continues to make questionable decisions about salaries for faculty and staff. Most recently, at their March 11 board meeting, the Staffing Analysis, page 10, shows the board approved a salary of $83,670 for an administrative assistant while approving a salary of $80,000 for a faculty position in chemistry and biology!
Why would the board place a higher salary value on an administrative assistant rather than on a faculty member?
The reason the board has lost sight of reasonable salary rates and comparisons is based on the very unique salary agreement the board previously approved, which gives approximately 80 percent of college revenue (primarily property tax) and lets employee groups decide how these funds can be used as compensation. In effect, the employee groups determine salary rates and staffing levels within 80 percent of the revenue formula.
This unreasonable salary agreement contributes to the financial problems at Sierra College and limits its ability to address critical college infrastructure and repair needs.
Trustee Martin continues to argue for another bond election, and if approved, it is to be paid by higher property taxes as a way to meet the infrastructure needs of the college. As a taxpayer, I urge the trustees to take back control of college finances by renegotiating their unrealistic salary agreement and to be more responsible in their stewardship of public funds.