Judging without facts
EDITOR: I don’t condone Efren Carrillo’s behavior on July 13, nor am I insensitive to the fear he caused as a result. I also realize that his fellow supervisors and supporters felt the need to condemn his behavior or risk their political futures. He has taken responsibility for his actions and will face the legal consequences, as he well should.
However, I am surprised at the number of people who have judged his actions with so few known facts. It’s obvious to me that other direct witnesses are involved and have been protected, perhaps rightfully so — or not. At any rate, there seems to be blatant disregard for our criminal justice system, which assumes a suspect’s innocence until proven guilty to a jury of his peers.
Also, what sexual predator walks down the street in his underwear and socks? I would think he’d want to wear dark clothing and running shoes.
GLORIA DE SALVO
EDITOR: Alan Petty (“Our greatest idea,” Letters, Aug. 16) lamented the cost of renting a campsite on California’s coastline. While budgeting for state parks is a dark subject, there is a bargain to be had in our national parks.
I like to go backpacking in the Sierra, but I usually avoided Yosemite because of the cost and the crowds. Last year, though, I discovered the senior pass. The minimum age is only 60, and, for a one-time $10 fee, the pass gives me free access (by the carload) to any national park and free camping in select campgrounds. I’m surprised that more people don’t take advantage of this.
EDITOR: On July 30, The Press Democrat reported that six adult female prostitutes were arrested (“Three county teens rescued in sex sting”). But according to the Sonoma County sheriff and the district attorney, the women weren’t arrested. They were treated as “victims” and “rescued,” said the district attorney on KSRO. The sheriff told me via email that “one of the goals was to try and divert the women from prostitution by arresting their pimps and then have nonprofit groups work with the women.”