Parents should give kids same care as cell

I was disgusted when I read the article about the growing trend of babies being forgotten in their parents' cars.

The most disturbing thing about the article was one of the tips on how not to leave a child behind: the authors suggest "placing something you'll need like a cellphone ... in the back seat" so when you open the back door to get it, you'll see and remember your child.

What kind of world are we living in when parents are more aware of the whereabouts of their cellphones than their children? It implies that while a parent could forget about his or her child for 8-9 hours at work, under no circumstances could he or she go that long without the cellphone.

Maybe these people should focus less on themselves and their overcrowded lives and more on their children.

Caroline Sorenson

Oakland

Know the signs to help prevent strokes

May has a very special meaning to me -- for two reasons: Mother's Day and May is American Stroke Month. My mom suffered a stroke 25 years ago. Luckily she's doing well, has a positive approach, continues with her recovery and leads a healthy lifestyle. I am her primary caregiver.

The American Heart/American Stroke Association wants to educate the public to the warning signs and symptoms of stroke.

F.A.S.T. is an acronym that is simple to remember: Face drooping; Arm weakness, Speech difficulty and Time to call 9-1-1. Also, we want everyone to be aware and know about your risk for stroke, know the stroke warning signs and what steps to take in a stroke emergency.

Stroke is the leading cause of permanent disability in this country. Stroke immensely impacts families emotionally as well as steep reductions in workforce productivity. I am extremely fortunate that my mom is a stroke survivor and that I can celebrate Mother's Day with her this year and for many future celebrations.

So, Mom, I wish you a very happy Mother's Day.

Stephanie L'Archuleta Smith

Newark

Support for schools, vote for Measure E

As a parent and grandparent of Fremont students, I feel strongly that our community must support our schools.

Measure E will upgrade technology and repair aging schools in Fremont. Fremont has 42 schools, many more than 50 years old. Every school will receive needed improvements.

Money raised by Measure E will stay in our community to support local students. An independent Citizen's Oversight Committee will monitor expenditures and ensure all funds are spent properly.

In addition, if matching funds through the state become available, Fremont will be in a position to take advantage of this.

Let's show our students and teachers that they deserve the best that Fremont can provide and they deserve it now. Vote yes on Measure E on June 3.

Janice Gebhardt

Fremont

Patino is a new face with a new direction

I am sick of career politicians. How about you?

The recent scandals with Leland Yee, the Alameda County Democratic Committee and others of both parties had jaded my view of politics. Then, out of the political miasma, came a fresh new face.

Jaime Patino is new to politics. His life is an American success story. Raised by his grandparents in the Decoto district of Union City, Patino went on to put himself through community college and then on to an MBA from Cal State East Bay.

He has never forgotten his humble roots and still lives in the same neighborhood where he is raising his 8-year-old daughter as a single dad. He is employed by UC Berkeley.

Patino realizes how important it is to balance our budget and live within our means. He knows how critical it is to bring jobs to California and in particular, Assembly District 20. He is the poster child for education and how it can change our lives. His goal is to provide the very best education possible and make it equally available to all of California's children.

This is a man who thinks like you do. Give him a look at http://patinofor20thassembly.com. He will restore our faith in this state. On June 3, he would be proud to have your vote.

Martha LeRoy

Fremont