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7 letter00 Letters eon't from p2 From eighth grade until my Sophomore year in high school_I took Spanish honors classes. And during my Junior and Senior year I took AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature classes. All the Spanish classes I have taken have been crucial because now as a first year UCLA student, I have declared Spanish as my major. The fact is not all students are skilled in math- ematics, science, etc. Some of us are actu- ally language students. I am proud to say that I can carry a conversation with a native Spanish speaker with ease, and I would have not been able to do so if I had not taken two AP Spanish courses. The AP Spanish courses I took helped me become more fluent because our teachers only allowed us to speak Spanish. If changes to the foreign language classes lead to the deletion of AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature, many students will lose out on a great opportunity to excel at a new language. Having only two foreign language teachers for four middle schools would mean that students in eight grade would probably not get a chance at taking Spanish Honors in eight grade versus reg- ular. If students do not take Spanish Honors in eighth grade it will be more dif- ficult for them to take Spanish Honors in high school which would be a disadvan- tage to our students. Also, I think it would be unfortunate if the French programs are completely deleted because not all stu- dents like Spanish, some like French. More importantly, Spanish should not be made into an elective. When students are learning a language they are expanding their horizons, and that should not be taken away from students. Foreign lan- guage is an essential part of education around the world, and it should stay the same in the Beverly Hills School Systems. I hope I have been able to convince you to some degree about the disadvantages that students will face if foreign language classes are made into electives and are not accentuated in the curriculum of student education. I personally love Spanish because it enables me to communicate with more people. In addition, I will be more successful in the field of work I do because many people today speak Spanish and I would be able to help more people. Also, we have some of the best Spanish teachers in our middle schools and high school and these changes would only hurt our teachers and students. Mahsa Nakhi Beverly Hills III IIIII Elec&m PetpeeUve con't from p4 of an office holder who never lost an elec- tion help? One political activist once said of the senior Stone: "He has one of the largest armies of personal loyalists and the biggest group of people who hate him of anyone ever to serve our city." Stone, the candidate, also had the endorsement of the Los Angeles Times, but he led in the absentee vote, mostly cast before the 17rues endorsement. The 7Trees, and district voters, probably were impressed with Stone's long list of judicial endorsements. Dawson, a long-time com- munity leader who held office in groups such as the Maple Counseling Center and as a member and chair of the powerful Planning Commission, made one critical campaign decision: He refused to partici- pate in two candidate forums, both shown frequently on local cable television. He cited judicial ethics barring judges from discussing matters on which they might have to rule. Stone did well in the televised debates. produced the most effective mailers, and benefited from his record as a tough pros- ecutor. Bobys most important mail piece, a letter of support from Congressman Howard Berman, arrived too late and Dawson's brochures were far too bland. One Dawson mailer, citing the fact thai he was the only resident candidate actually arrived in my mail box two days after the election as did pieces for candidates WaUy Knox and Amanda Susskind. Briefly, in other local races: Governor Gray Davis took a big chance by interven- ing in a Democratic primary, but it worked. His support of Sheila Kuehl over Wally Knox for Tom Hayden's former state Senate seat led to a surprising run away. In the Assembly race. West Hollywood Councilmember Paul Koretz. wrapped in a strong law enforcement cloak, bested Amanda Susskind who appeared to stress health care and senior issues. BAI!K PAGE . It " II II II .i 1937-BEVERLY DRIVE & WILSHIRE BLVD. (courtesy of the Beverly Hills Historical Society) Eight historical postcards are available by mail order, Send $6 check to the Beverly Hills Historical Societg P.O. Box 1919, Beverly Hills, CA, 90213. i i iii i i Diamo00 Modern & Jewelry Fine Watches Q Estates Appraised and Purch00ed Main office St. I_ic #zgm-og&' c4. | \\;'k'dhlrc Baflc,'ard, Stliteto  Bcvcrt',' Hall-, (A y2. Show Room b,',,! , ,a,a 4o .xrurh Beverly [)rive Beverly Hill, CA 9zz March t6-22" 2000 * 19