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Letter from Rafu Learning Center
Dear Ms. Castillo:

We, the students and staff at Rafu Learning Center, want to extend our heartfelt gratitude for attending our demonstration on February 24, 2010 and reporting on our possible closure.

Television and print media are essential in our efforts to raise public awareness. We are especially grateful to you at Eastern Group Publications, Inc. for writing about our case on two occasions. Thank you for your excellent reporting. It has raised the morale of the student body, teachers, and staff to see our cause being supported beyond our local efforts.

Rafu Learning Center has been an integral part of the Boyle Heights area for the past forty years. We are determined to keep it as a viable force in the community, despite the financial crisis that has impacted the State of California and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Thank you so very much for bringing valuable attention to our efforts to save Rafu!

Ruth Pawlak for the Students and Staff of Rafu Learning Center

Re: “Marchers Send Message to Obama: Live Up to Immigration Reform Promise,” and “Manufacturers in Vernon Demanding Tighter Ports”

The irony on the front page of the April 1 edition of the Montebello Comet was not lost.  One article, “Marchers Send Message to Obama: Live Up to Immigration Reform Promise,” detailed complaints that enforcement of U.S. immigration laws is a threat and that we should change illegal to legal.

On the other hand, the article right next to that, “Manufacturers in Vernon Demanding Tighter Ports,” detailed complaints that enforcement of U.S customs laws is vital and that we should crack down on illegal imports. If smuggled cheaper labor should be legalized, why should smuggled cheaper goods not be?

Gary Thorton

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