Town Square

The 140-mile protest

Original post made on Jun 19, 2008

As the sun was rising early Saturday morning, about a dozen Mountain View residents gathered at Castro Elementary School, eager to see off three cyclists as they began a 140-mile ride in protest of steep cuts to the state's education budget.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 3:34 PM


Posted by Ellen Wheeler
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 19, 2008 at 9:38 am

What exceptional leadership and commitment! Thank you, Maurice Ghysels, Bruce Barsi, and Nelson Iwai for taking your strong belief that excellent education requires a fairer share of the state budget. California students, and California residents, can't afford to have schools that are funded near the bottom of all of our states. To have an "education for the world ahead" we need the resources to get there. We often hear "talk the talk, but walk the walk." Now we can add "bike the bike" to this expression of actual commitment to a worthy cause. Ride on, Maurice, Bruce, and Nelson!

Posted by Cynthia Greaves
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 19, 2008 at 9:38 pm

It's not often that people go out of their way to do something extraordinary for others. Dr. Ghysels, Bruce Barsi and Mr. Iwai did -- and they did for our public schools. I appreciate the effort they made for all of the students in Mountain View (and two of the three don't even have children in the district). Just imagine if each of us did something of our own making to help our students and schools (like write a letter to the Governor for starters)! Thanks guys for going the extra mile!

Posted by Oscar Garcia
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 21, 2008 at 11:35 am

To give is special. To give above your regular duties is extraordinary. To give when there is no personal gain -that is compassion and what makes our community thrive.