EDITOR: Zachary Britton raises several good points in his letter concerning Andy Lopez (“Explaining justice,” Saturday). I agree that in the wake of this tragedy, positive outcomes may include a memorial park for Andy and lapel cameras for law enforcement officers. An even more important outcome would be a wake-up call for parents not to outfit their children with toys made to look like lethal weapons, for toy makers not to manufacture them and for retailers to exercise the responsibility not to sell them. There are plenty of less dangerous-looking toys to enjoy, many of which more positively nurture the mind and imagination.
EDITOR: I’m writing in support of the Pension Reform Act sponsored by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. This is the first reasonable attempt to reign in the out-of-control pension benefits. It would protect the already retired and still offer some reasonable changes to be made going forward.
I am appalled that Supervisor Mike McGuire, Santa Rosa Mayor Scott Bartley, plus City Councilwoman Erin Carlstrom and Healdsburg Councilman Jim Wood have chosen to oppose this measure. Shame on them.
I resent their opposition to the only reasonable reform that has been offered. I am no longer willing to pay exorbitant benefits while city and county services are being drastically reduced. This Pension Reform Act may not be perfect, but we desperately need to start somewhere, and the separate bargaining tables are not working.
A magical place
EDITOR: The day after Christmas, our extended family hiked through wooded Angwin. Birds flitted from oak to fir to manzanita. We watched robins unearth worms and admired winter berries of Madrone trees as we climbed toward the Pacific Union College airport. Our sense of peace, wonderment and joy was shattered when we came to the airport trail. There, we discovered several centuries-old trees hacked down to make way for development. There, the birds were quiet, the woods desolate.