EDITOR: Jill Ravitch's Close to Home column defending the Andy Lopez investigative process ("A need for accountability, process and patience in Andy Lopez case," Feb. 15) quietly points to an elephant in the corner. She said, "The sole responsibility is to determine criminal liability — not to evaluate the Sheriff's Office protocol or training procedures."
What are we all so anxious about? The Sonoma County prosecutor has never charged a sheriff's deputy with criminal liability for the death of a citizen and probably never will. That is the elephant in the corner.
Where is the forum for holding the Sheriff's Office accountable for its protocols and training programs? Clearly it won't be our District Attorney's Office. RIP, Andy Lopez.
Raptors and pets
EDITOR: It's nesting time for red-tailed hawks. Because of drought conditions and a lack of their natural prey, they are moving into our cities and towns looking for their next meal. This change in hunting patterns can put our pets in harm's way; especially small dogs and cats.
I live on the west side of Petaluma, and I am experiencing this hawk intrusion. During a month's time, I have seen up to four red-tailed hawks hunting in our neighborhood. I am very aware of their presence when I take my fox terrier out in the backyard. One hawk dived down over us.
I contacted animal control and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. They said there is nothing they can do because of state laws against trapping, harassing or killing these raptors. So please be aware when you let your pets out by themselves as these raptors are on the hunt.