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October 1, 2013 > Letter to Editor: Frustrated with red tapeÊ

Letter to Editor: Frustrated with red tapeÊ

Almost two years ago I was laid off from my job in the video game industry. With no job prospects in sight, and as a matter of survival, I began to teach art to children.Ê

My kids are creating amazing stuff and the parents are thrilled with the quality of the kids work. At the suggestion of the parents, I approached the local libraries and schools with hopes they would allow me to post or distribute information about my art instruction services.Ê

Do you know what I was told? I was told that because I charged for my services I was not allowed to post or distribute my information.Ê

Are you kidding me?

Since when did towns like Fremont and Newark decide that it wasn't necessary to support the arts? LetÕs face it, it's not as though I'm distributing information on landscaping and yard services. I'm simply a small business trying to let families know that their children can do something fun and creative after school with their time. It seems to me that the local schools and public facilities should make an exception for visual arts, music and dance. And while my services are not free, I do offer a free trial class with no obligation so potential students can get a feel for my class before enrolling.Ê

This insanity should be put in the spotlight so residents are aware that their community services are not doing them any favors. I need the Voice to give me a voice!

Eric Calande

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