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Friday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Petaluma drive-thrus</b>

EDITOR: It's interesting that Petaluma's powers cannot grant Walgreens a drive- thru pharmacy at Lynch Creek Way and McDowell Boulevard while, less than a mile down the street, Safeway is going to be permitted a gas gusher station ("Walgreens, city at impasse," Jan. 10). Strange, I thought the city banned these drive-thru lanes several years ago.

Check out the Ignacio Safeway store's gusher lines of gas getters, which in turn cause emissions created by idling vehicles. In comparison, I doubt if there would ever be that many Walgreens customers waiting in their cars to fill their prescriptions to improve their health.

Let's welcome Walgreens and the health services they could provide to the people of Petaluma.



<b>Carlstrom's ambition</b>

EDITOR: It seems odd that a political newcomer, in office on the local level for only one year, would announce a run for state office ("Carlstrom announces bid for Assembly," Wednesday). Why would a Santa Rosa City Council rookie feel entitled to run for state office?

Her answer came back in August when she told a Press Democrat reporter that she was interested in running for the state Senate because the Second District has "a strong legacy of female leadership from the area."

This sexist belief is the popular dogma of today, where most women and men believe that women are the morally superior sex. Feminist scholar Katha Pollitt has criticized this "difference feminist" philosophy popularized by writer Carol Gilligan. Pollitt points out that this is actually "demeaning to women as it asks that women be admitted into public life and public discourse not because they have a right to be there but because they will improve them."

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