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Just What's Behind the Santa Ana Recall?

January 26, 2003

A couple of nights ago I received a phone call from a young woman. Her Spanish accent was so strong I could hardly understand her, but she said she was calling about the Nativo Lopez recall. Immediately I replied that I and most of my friends are horrified and disgusted by this whole recall business -- wasting precious dollars that are needed by our schools.

When she spoke again, all traces of that accent had mysteriously disappeared. Angrily, she told me in perfect English that she was calling to get people to vote against Lopez. Then she slammed down the phone.

I will be voting "no" on the Lopez recall ballot next month. And I strongly encourage all those who want a free and strong Santa Ana to do the same.

Bonnie Compton Hanson

Santa Ana

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Re "Santa Ana Recall Vote to Proceed, Judge Says," Jan. 7:

It just goes to show you how bad the politics in the city of Santa Ana have become. The people of Santa Ana need to wake up and not allow outside interests to dictate to them how or in which direction the school board should be run.

Ron Unz has nothing better to do then enlist and brainwash Santa Ana citizens on this recall attempt of school board trustee Lopez. Or are these recall supporters former Bob Dornan voters who are looking for a way to get back at Lopez for the Hermandad Mexicana issue that ended Dornan's political career?

Either way, the money used for this recall election could be put to better use for the schools of Santa Ana Unified.

Al De Rosas

Orange

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Re "Bilingual Programs Are Really for Latinos Only," Jan. 12:

Letter writers Lois Caporale and George Martinovich think bilingual education is for Latinos only. False. California has provided bilingual programs and bilingual assistance for speakers of Korean, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hmong, Cambodian, Lao and Vietnamese. The students' primary language is used in these programs as a means of supporting and accelerating English-language development and promoting academic success.

Fay H. Shin, Ph.D.

President, California Assn.

for Asian-Pacific Bilingual

Education, Long Beach

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