EDITOR: I, for one, didn't think we could get anyone worse in the 7th Assembly District. Then along came Michael Allen, conflict of interest stuff and all. To really rub in how self-serving these politicians are, they appoint Allen to the panel on legislative ethics — something Allen seemingly knows nothing about (“State probe on Allen continues,” Wednesday). However, this does answer the questions of why California is in such bad shape and so poorly run. We're like the hens wondering what's happening in the hen house after the fox is put in charge.
EDITOR: There have been several high-profile drunken-driving cases recently in our area. Several of the offenders have been convicted more than a few times. Our over-enabling society needs to change or even more innocent people will lose their lives.
By curtailing DUI checkpoints, impounding and “aggressive” tactics, there will be more victims. Officials who implement less stringent rules should be charged as accessories after the fact when it is demonstrated that a victim is killed with a vehicle that should have been impounded. The transit system in this county is fairly convenient and inexpensive for most people.
For repeat drivers without licenses, perhaps there should be a huge set of boots or gloves (such as the device used for cars with many unpaid parking tickets) that make it virtually impossible to drive a car. Repeat DUI offenders need to be charged with assault with a deadly weapon so the penalties will be more of a deterrent as well as protecting society.
I realize this partly a medical problem, but driving is not a right. It is a privilege earned and maintained through good behavior.
EDITOR: Your Dec. 18 article “3-year term in DUI deaths” reminded me of my reaction to your first report of that tragic accident near the south Geyserville freeway entrance.