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Saturday's Letters to the Editor

Too much TV?

EDITOR: Please let me see if I read this right? “Big Government: It equals less freedom. Forty-seven unelected czars make laws, and U.N. forces are being trained to go door to door to remove our guns” (“Enough change?”, Letters, Tuesday) Poor Jan MacInnis. Perhaps eliminating conservative radio and TV would be a good thing.

JAMIE DUNTON

Forestville

Quality of quantity?

EDITOR: The district elections issue — Measure Q in Santa Rosa — is too important to become a casualty of slogans and fuzzy math.

If I am one of 10,000 people voting in a district election, my vote counts much more than when I am only one of 70,000 people voting in a citywide race for several seats. In government, quantity is no substitute for quality.

Further, I am most likely to get to know the candidates in a district election. The quality of my vote is likely to be far better when I can choose between candidates whom I have met and who live nearby.

Santa Rosa's present election system seems haphazard to me. I support Measure Q.

STEVE BIRDLEBOUGH

Santa Rosa

Why the fireworks?

EDITOR: Our state, California, is a “drought state.” It is normal for such states to experience flurries of brush fires in fire season. Such fires often result in damage to wildlife and homes. Northern California has not experienced nature's brush burnings for many years, and we are currently in peak fire season until the arrival of rainy season, which generally arrives on Halloween Eve.

Regarding the unannounced and risky use of fireworks to celebrate the long-awaited opening of the Green Music Center, what's wrong with celebrating with a nice orchestra? This is a music center.

I received a panic phone call from my distraught 83-year-old neighbor. She and her disabled 60-year-old son were asleep and startled awake. They were terrified by the sound of “those explosions.” I assured her just a neighborhood fool setting off illegal fireworks.

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