The SonRise Equestrian Center ("Healing Horses," Jan. 8) deserves a huge "well done" on their successes with children (and horses). This and other programs centered on fresh air, exercise and hard work that raise the responsibility level and competency of a child produce these dramatic results.

Psychiatric-based programs that medicate our children, making them unnaturally quiet and docile, produce the opposite result. Which would you want for your troubled child? Your neighbor's troubled child? Your community's troubled child?

Let's actively promote the programs that work, like SonRise, and actively work to eliminate the looser programs that include drugging our kids.

Howard Spinner

Los Gatos

Voter turnout key

to diverse representation

I've followed the articles on the interest in district elections for City Council seats versus our present system of open, citywide elections. I was hoping to see some statistics such as the number of voters by ethnic background, voter turnout by neighborhood, and whether this voter turnout is affected by the number of homeowners versus renters in an area.

Also, what happens if a councilman moves (such as Councilman Dowling)? Does the councilman lose the seat? In large cities like San Francisco with large populations, it makes sense to have district elections. According to The Daily Review 2007 Almanac, the city of Hayward has a population of 146,398, of which 47,093 are registered voters. The number of registered voters does reflect average voter turnout in an election.

I feel people vote for an elected official the way they choose a doctor. The priority for choosing a good doctor is not where the doctor lives or the doctor's ethnic background, but whether that doctor can take care of their needs and has a congenial manner.

The present system of citywide elections serves the population of Hayward well. The biggest change to the diversity in City Council representation will occur with more diverse candidates and higher voter turnouts in all neighborhoods; at present, a 30 percent voter turnout is considered a very good turnout.

Lisa Brunner

Hayward

Firefighters engage

in 'act of kindness'

We need to acknowledge those acts of kindness and compassion which, amid the often frantic pace of modern life, help us to maintain our humanity.

Members of the Hayward Fire Department on Tuesday came to the rescue of a woman whose motorized wheelchair had malfunctioned near the corner of B and Vermont streets in Hayward. The woman was stranded and helpless. She had fallen out of the chair when a passer-by called 9-1-1. The firefighters went beyond their call of duty, in my opinion, and were working to fix the chair and assure that the woman would be safe.

It made me proud to be a Haywardite to witness this act of kindness.

Jim Forsyth

Hayward

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