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Thursday's Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: My question regarding fluoridation of our water supply could be considered rhetorical: Who drinks water from the tap these days?

DAN LAZZARINI

Rohnert Park

Ignoring the problem

EDITOR: Several recent letters and Close to Home columns have lamented the state of our schools. Budget cuts and tuition increases have reduced the quality of the educational experience and placed the dream of higher education out of reach for some. The Santa Rosa Teachers Association organized a rally at Courthouse Square to further draw attention to the problem.

There is really no dispute that our children need help. What is in dispute is the manner in which that help should occur. The writers and the union uniformly advocate passage of one of several tax increases heading for the ballot in November. Ignored by all of these advocates, however, are the blunders that have created this sorry state of affairs. No mention is made of the diversion of money intended for education to fund ever-increasing public employee pension obligations.

Indeed it is all about the children. It is our duty to ensure that future generations are afforded opportunities similar or better than those we enjoyed. Passing yet another tax increase before we address the real problem of unsustainable public pensions is a bandage measure that only compounds the mountain of debt we leave our children.

ROY THYLIN

Secretary-treasurer, Sonoma County Taxpayers Association

Exploiting tragedy

EDITOR: I doubt that anyone was enlightened by the huge front page photo of the accident victim's covered body in the street as her devastated husband was escorted past (“A deadly twist of fate,” Saturday).

Please show some discretion when reporting on someone's private tragedy. The accident is news. Exploiting this man's personal moment of loss is ghoulish.

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