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Letters To The Editor 11/28/18
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Seeking Feedback Regarding Bond


Dear Editor,

As many of our community members are aware, the Escalon Unified School District recently asked for support for a bond measure to repair and enhance learning environments for our students. While I am personally disappointed that it didn’t pass because of the wonderful things it would have done for our kids, I wanted to reach out to everyone and let you know that I am grateful.

Our community has been so generous in so many ways. In addition to previous bonds, individual community members and organizations have stepped up and provided amazing opportunities for our students and our district is lucky to have the community support we enjoy. That support is not just monetary, it is the love and time that is devoted to our classrooms, our programs, and our sports teams.

As the district’s leader, the buck stops with me. I failed to lead a bond measure effort that successfully communicated our needs and how the resources would be applied. I’m committed to understanding where we fell short and doing whatever we need to do to increase your trust and engagement with Escalon Unified.

I am starting that effort today. Please consider participating in our post-bond survey at

We want to learn more about your opinion and your ideas about how we can grow from this experience. Just as we tell our students each day, failure is an opportunity to learn.

As you know, we have amazing staff, students, and families.

Our district is as strong as it is today because of you and we look to continuing our great community relationships in the years to come.

Thank you for your continued support of the students of Escalon.

Ron Costa, Superintendent

Escalon Unified School District



Additional Traffic Control Needed


Dear Editor,

I think that a problem that needs to be solved is that the intersection of Lone Tree Road and Carrolton Road needs to go from a two stop intersection, to a four stop intersection. I believe this problem needs to be solved because many people have lost their lives just due to the fact that a stop sign is missing on two sides. I think that this should be a concern to others because many people have lost their lives here, or have lost someone that they know at this dangerous intersection and this is a problem that should not continue.

Not only is it damaging to those who lose a family member or a friend, it is also damaging to those who on the daily see the roses that represent those who have lost their lives there. I think that we can solve this problem by gathering as a community and complaining to the city council to make a change before it is too late and more lives are lost at this intersection.

Thank you,

Miguel Valencia, EHS student



Stop The Poaching


Dear Editor,

The amount of animals killed illegally in one year is shocking. More than 100 million animals are reported killed by hunters in the United States each year. That number does not include the millions of animals for which kills are not maintained by state wildlife agencies. Every year in the United States more than 4,000 tons of lead are shot in the environment by hunters. Because people are illegally killing animals some species are becoming endangered. Such as Leatherback sea turtle, Tiger, Javan Rhinoceros, Amur Leopard, and the Northern Spotted Lemur.

Poaching in the United States is illegal and considered a felony The only way to prevent poaching is to lower the demand. For that you have to change the mentality in the countries that import elephant tusks, rhino horns, etc. Running large scale campaigns, to explain that rhino horn doesn’t cure anything, could help but it will take a long time before it has results. People need to stop poaching animals because if this continues hunting won’t be a sport.

Dylan Ruiz, EHS student