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Feb. 1 Letters to the Editor

<b>A path, not a train</b>

EDITOR: Is it too late to scrap the plans for the SMART train and turn the train tracks into a walking/running/cycling path? It would be cheaper to build and maintain and healthier to use than the train.

The Iron Horse Trail in Contra Costa County, which runs from Concord to Dublin, where the tracks used to be, is extremely popular because it provides a nice wide, safe, car-free path. I wish we had one here. I know that I and many others would use it frequently for exercise, but I can't imagine that I will have a reason to ride the SMART train very often if and when it comes.

LISA BOLLMAN

Windsor

<b>Using deadly force</b>

EDITOR: Assuming that Sonoma County Deputy Erick Gelhaus knew that AK-47s are bought as lethal weapons as well as toy replicas, a warning shot by his partner while Gelhaus had Andy Lopez in his gun sight could have prevented the poor boy's death. Furthermore, being a good shot, one or two shots at his legs would have disarmed him, if necessary. Our peace officers need to reconsider how they use deadly force. I hope the community pressure brings change.

ERIK HOLBEK

Glen Ellen

<b>Conserving water</b>


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