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Kyle Iverson deserves second term as Napa Valley College trustee

Kyle Iverson deserves second term as Napa Valley College trustee

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Iverson deserves second term

I first met Kyle Iverson while working on community interests with his father Bill. If Bill were still with us, he would be beaming with pride ( he left for Heaven in 2016).

Kyle has worked tirelessly representing students and staff at Napa Valley College. Our college is a true asset and Kyle understands its successes and challenges.

Kyle has earned his second term. Friends in Area 4, please join me in re-electing Kyle Iverson for Napa Valley College Trustee.

Scott Sedgley


James Hinton will save Napa’s water

Water is life. That being said, I’m endorsing James Hinton for Napa City Council. After hearing from all the candidates at the recent forum hosted by the League of Women Voters, Hinton is clearly the best candidate to protect our drinking water.

James Hinton is the only candidate who supported Measure C, a measure that would of prevented deforestation above our reservoirs.

On top of that, he has a history of criticizing the use of Roundup by the city of Napa. He said he would pass a resolution similar to Richmond’s banning the use of the cancer-causing herbicide.

You get two votes for city council this year. Make sure one of them is for James Hinton because we must protect our water.

Tyler Ziegler


So true

This statement is by Norman Matoon Thomas, a six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America in a 1944 speech, and is truer now then it was then: “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing it happened.”

He went on to say: “I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party the Democrat Party has adopted our platform.”

So true.

Rick Oxford


Editor’s note: Although this quote is widely attributed to Thomas, biographers say there is no evidence that he ever said or wrote it. It appears to have originated in a 1961 speech by Ronald Reagan, possibly based on a similar statement by author Upton Sinclair in a letter to Thomas.

Where are the flags?

Is it just me? Has anyone else noticed something conspicuously missing from Democrat political promotional booths at various events in town?

Where’s the American flag? Even the colors red, white, and blue are barely seen. The Democrat booth at the Napa Valley Expo didn’t have any American flags, and every event I’ve seen since then has not had one –yes, I’ve been looking.

I asked a volunteer at one of their booths why no American flags were displayed at the Expo and other “get out the vote” events. They got a puzzled look on their face and answered, “That’s a good question, I’ll ask (Democrat headquarters) about that.” (Refreshing that she thought at least it was a good question.)

Federal, county, and city offices fly the flag every working day. Many small businesses and private citizens fly the flag daily. Even Republicans(!) fly/present the American flag at every chance. Where people are registering to vote, discussing constitutional nuances, and likely commiserating about our nation’s current political divide, an American flag should be something to proudly present and rally around no matter which side you’re on. It would be interesting to know what their rationale is.

Larry Green


Join Moms Demand Action to fight gun violence

Moms Demand Action was founded by stay-at-home mom Shannon Watts on Dec. 15, 2012, in response to the devastating shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The organization quickly flourished into a leading force for gun violence prevention, and has chapters in all 50 states and a powerful grassroots network of moms that has successfully prompted change at the local, state and national level.

The newly-formed Napa Valley Group is having a meeting on Oct. 15 at the Napa Main Library, 580 Coombs St., at 6:30 p.m., with a specific emphasis on supporting survivors of gun violence—either those who survived gun violence, or those who had a loved one killed or injured by gun violence. Please join us to share your story, to find resources to support you, or to get involved in the work we doing to combat daily gun violence.

Sadly, like many communities, the Napa Valley has been touched by tragedy associated with gun violence, including the incident at the Veterans Home in Yountville, and we are working with local groups and elected officials in a united front against the epidemic of gun violence in the United States.

We welcome everyone—mothers and others—and hope to see you there. Please RSVP at

Linda Joshua,

Legislative Lead

Napa Valley Moms Demand Action

Dodd will focus on needs of NVC students

I’m a Napa Valley College student and proudly endorsing Jeff Dodd for Napa Valley College Board, Area 2. I’m finishing my last year and looking forward to transferring to a UC. At the college, I’ve been actively involved in the Young Democrats and student government, while working to support myself and to pursue my educational goals.

Like me, Jeff has been a Napa Valley College student, and is aware of the unique challenges that students face, as well as the opportunities we have when the Napa community is behind us. As a working student, I know the college must build partnerships with local businesses. Partnerships create training opportunities, access to new facilities, and most importantly: good jobs! Jeff knows this too, and has made these partnerships a campaign priority.

Jeff is a consensus-builder and can spearhead big projects that students want, like affordable student housing on campus. He’s shown leadership on local nonprofit boards and is deeply committed to the success of the college. Jeff exhibits a humble, approachable, and genuine quality of character. As a trustee, I know he will support students because he knows what it’s like to be one.

Please join me, and an overwhelming number of Napa leaders, in supporting Jeff Dodd for the Napa Valley College Board of Trustees.

Lucia Sanchez


Disappointed by trustee’s performance

According to a recent memo from Ron Kraft, president of Napa Valley College dated September 2018, Amy Martenson, a candidate for the College Board of Trustees and current trustee, has violated Ethics Policy 2715, citing her failure to maintain appropriate communication and decision-making channels.

As a past supporter of Amy for the College Board of Trustees, I have been disappointed in her ability to accomplish anything meaningful at the college while causing disarray on the board. According to the memo, she has proven to be inappropriate, disrespectful and disruptive. She lacks the ability to build consensus. That’s why five of the current Trustees, including Barbara Nemko, Napa County Superintendent of Schools, all five of the Napa County Supervisors and many more community leaders have endorsed Jeff Dodd,

Jeff Dodd, a candidate for District 2, has a clear record of working with people to build consensus on issues facing our community and has served on several nonprofit boards including Connolly Ranch and Community Health Initiative. His land-use experience as an attorney will greatly enhance the decisions the college makes regarding student housing. As a former student of Napa College, Jeff knows its true value to Napa residents.

Please join me in supporting Jeff Dodd for Napa CollegeTrustee in District 2 and visit his website to learn more about him.

Sharon Macklin


Editor’s note: The Register asked Martenson for a response to the memo referenced by the author and she sent the following response: “The Napa Valley College Board did not find that I violated its ethics policy. Instead, an ad hoc subcommittee (led by Board Chair Mancuso) accused me of violating the policy for not “maintaining appropriate and well-defined college communication and decision-making channels,” because I emailed a professor I know to ask if synthetic pesticides are being used in the college vineyard, following up on a student inquiry.

“Although the college’s communication channels are actually not defined anywhere, nor are they addressed in Accreditation Standards, I broke an unwritten rule that Board members should not reach out to college employees for information and should only seek information from the college president. Not only is this rule unwritten, it is honored in the breach; Napa is a small community, and most of us have friends who work at the college.

“At the April 12, 2018 Board meeting, after much discussion, the Board voted 6-0 (with me recused) that the entire Board should reaffirm its commitment to the ethics policy and did not single me out in any way.

“I trust the voters in Napa to see through these political shenanigans and decide for themselves whether asking a college employee a question is unethical, especially one who is an acquaintance. “

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