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Education Matters: San Dieguito board hopefuls present differing priorities

Marsha Sutton

October 10, 2020

The race for San Dieguito Union High School District’s Area 4 seat offers voters stark choices. With three candidates hoping to replace retiring school board member Joyce Dalessandro, the election could turn the tables on a union-dominated school board. Although school board races are technically nonpartisan, this one, as with many others, is decidedly not.

Education Matters: The candidate scramble at San Dieguito

Marsha Sutton

October 7, 2020

Is it the last act of sitting school board members to recruit and select their replacements? The idea of retiring and letting anyone run who wants to is apparently not something San Dieguito Union High School District board members do.

Preserved Home: Julian memories cook up apple inspirations

Dehydrate your own apples in dices, slices and rings. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Laura Woolfrey Macklem

October 7, 2020

One of my favorite childhood memories is traveling up the mountain to Julian, and eating pie at the Julian Pie Company. When I smell apple pie, it always takes me back to that cozy pie shop. Now, I also make my house cozy as I put up apples in all forms, not just pie. And my house, well when September hits and I’m preserving an apple bounty, it smells like Julian to me.

Education Matters: Personal attacks in Cardiff sink to new depths

Marsha Sutton

August 14, 2020

Bullying tactics worthy of playground antics not only set a terrible example of poor adult behavior but also may do more damage to Cardiff School’s tenuous position.

Education Matters: Continued controversy plagues Cardiff community

Marsha Sutton

August 6, 2020

Cardiff School can be rebuilt and the park can be saved — and along the way blame can be put aside in favor of civility and lawful resolution of differences, without unnecessary adversarial posturing. All that’s missing is the will to make it happen.

Preserved Home: A pitch for using pits and scraps

Strawberry scraps can be used to make fermented vinegar. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)

Laura Woolfrey Macklem

August 6, 2020

Grocery prices are climbing, so turn scraps into savings while adding interesting and healthy items to your pantry.

Education Matters: Advocating for transgender rights

Marsha Sutton

June 27, 2020

Gender identity, as apart from assigned sex at birth, is a real thing. Attempts to deny this only serve to divide us and create hostility against “the other.” As one wise person said when asked how they felt about “the other,” the reply was, “We are all human. There is no ‘other.’”

Living Creatively: ‘There is no one like you in the universe’

Barbara Basia Koenig

June 5, 2020

Your voice, your presence, your place in the scheme of things will be etched forever in the annals of these times.

Education Matters: Restricting public participation

Marsha Sutton

June 3, 2020

Of all the issues that have arisen recently in the San Dieguito Union High School District, it’s fair to say the grading policy was one of considerable importance to the community. On this issue, the public was denied its right to address the board in a fair and transparent manner.

Preserved Home: The meat of the matter — canning is an economical, tasty option

Laura Woolfrey Macklem

June 3, 2020

Prices are going up on groceries, and with all this talk about a possible meat shortage, people are starting to feel concerned. But what if instead of being worried, you turned stocking up into a delicious, creative adventure — a chance to learn new things while stashing away homemade convenience foods by canning? There is joy in this journey.

Education Matters: Grading policy at San Dieguito ignites community

Marsha Sutton

May 20, 2020

The San Dieguito Union High School District’s Board of Trustees, students and parents should have been involved in the district’s credit/no credit grading discussion from the beginning, rather than the superintendent rolling it out without seeking more feedback from stakeholders.

Education Matters: Scorning the public’s right to be heard

Marsha Sutton

May 20, 2020

By violating the basic rules of California’s Brown Act in its ill-advised attempt to control the number of public speakers, the San Dieguito Union High School District board has taken away the public’s right to address its elected officials.

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