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Horne’s role defended

I’ve watched the commentary about the student privacy issue and Sue Horne’s phone call for weeks. While I have mixed feelings about the issue itself, I have strong ones about the trend in the commentary it evoked.

Briefly, an attitude prevails in this county (and elsewhere) that we need only be concerned with issues we have a vested interest in. One letter in particular exemplified this; the writer asked what qualified him for Sue Horne’s call when he had no school-aged children.

Does this disqualify him from caring what happens to other people’s children? Is he not a member of our community?

In the 30 years I’ve lived in this county, I’ve seen school bond measures killed by people who don’t feel they should have to support other people’s kids and affordable senior housing nixed by people whose need for such housing is comfortably distant.

Look at the state of the world: I think you’ll find you can trace its ills to the pursuit of selfish interests by individuals, groups and nations. I truly believe that we will not progress as a community, nation or global society until our concept of community extends further than our own short-term benefits.

Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

Nevada City

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