EDITOR: While absolutely horrified by the Newtown, Conn., massacre, I can’t help consider the hundreds of civilian deaths in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere caused by drones operated via computer from afar by American men and women of Adam Lanza’s age and background.
Almost daily we read of children killed “accidentally” during such attacks, with our armed forces commanders initially denying responsibility but soon after apologizing and offering pitifully small amounts of head money to the grieving survivors. A connection between hyper-violent computer games, drone atrocities abroad and mass slayings here at home? Perhaps.
Cops in schools
EDITOR: So, that’s it? The National Rifle Association’s answer to school shootings — just put armed police officers in every school. How will we pay for this? Oh, of course, silly me, we’ll just take away the school lunch program and extra-curricular activities.
A coach’s legacy
EDITOR: With all of the recent tragic events in the news, it was heartwarming to read Bob Padecky’s column about Sarah Wadsworth and the impact she had on the lives of so many kids at Petaluma High School (“ ‘Madame’ gone, but her impact lives on,” Thursday).
Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Coach “Madame” during her short life, the comments of her colleagues and students leave no doubt that her legacy will continue on through the people whose lives she touched. Anyone know how to say “Bravo!” in French?
EDITOR: Recent articles and editorials about older drivers and their transition from driving highlighted this important topic. For some, they also added to the public perception that older drivers in general are unsafe. If that were the case, however, with more than 36,000 drivers age 70 or older in Sonoma County, we would be seeing a lot more crashes involving older drivers.