<b>A second chance</b>

EDITOR: Supervisor Efren Carrillo is a friend of mine. He made some serious judgment errors, and the consequences have been and will be forever life-changing for him. He has acknowledged the gravity of his deeds, and he is sincere and steadfast in his taking steps — forced upon him, yes, but healing and restorative steps nonetheless.

The trial is history — must we replay the Technicolor scenario daily forever? I write from the perspective of one who in the past traveled the dark side of life and, fortunately, I came to the realization (some 26 years ago) that the world was not my problem, but I was.

All I ask is that you give Carrillo a chance. He is a good man, an honest man, a sincere man, and I believe this is an opportunity for us to truly understand the meaning of "restorative justice" and apply it to the present situation. Remember Matthew 7:1-3: "Judge not lest ye be judged." How many of us have committed deeds in the past that we would prefer not be made public, and that have no real bearing on our lives today?

Give the man a second chance. Isn't that what you would want if you were in his position?


Santa Rosa

<b>Carrillo is disturbing</b>

EDITOR: Supervisor Efren Carrillo disturbs me very much. Maybe he got off because the jury thought he didn't look as he ripped the screen off and moved the curtains. He just walked down a sidewalk, at 3:30 a.m., wearing boxers and socks, opened a gate to a backyard, ripped a screen and moved the curtains, without looking. His eyes were tightly shut. How did he know where he was?

Does he really think most women in Sonoma County want him making decisions now? Does he think I would like to submit an application for volunteer work or a paid position and have him know my personal information?

You see, I don't buy that Carrillo is a good person. I want to have good people in office, those who will look out for people in the county.

Does he really believe he stands for the best in Sonoma County, to be in office? To make any decisions for those who try to live an honorable life here?


Santa Rosa

<b>Police over-reach</b>

EDITOR: Glock 17, billy club, stethoscope? ("Keeping high drivers off the highway," April 27.) Now Petaluma cops are moving into careers as medical doctor/policemen. It sounds good: Lt. Tim Lyons, M.D.

How far is the public willing to let this stuff go? A patrolman attends a two-week class run by some contract firm, and now he's out and about fighting crime, taking pulses and giving a mini-medical exam to some duck doing 30 mph in a 25 mph zone. A pulse of 140? Guilty. Nervous? Guilty. What's next? Is the officer going to grab a handful of your junk and tell you to cough? It could create problems. "He was going for his pants. I had to shoot. I was afraid."

This is way, way, way out of hand — amateur hour at its finest. I hope that some person goes to court and rams this whole program down the throat of the city of Petaluma. Once again, it is leading the way in Gestapo tactics in Sonoma County.


Santa Rosa

<b>Georgia gun law</b>

EDITOR: Regarding Don Waltenspiel's letter ("Assessing gun law," Tuesday) about how Georgia's new take-your-gun-anywhere law will help curb gun violence by making it OK to take guns into bars, churches, schools and even the pre-checkpoint areas of airports. It's good to see it is already paying "safety" dividends: one dead and three in critical condition (others wounded) in a shooting Tuesday morning in Georgia. The shooter had multiple guns and, therefore, was that much safer.



<b>Useful rainfall</b>

EDITOR: Light rain spread over a long period such as we have had this year results in more moisture absorbed by the ground. Heavy rain over a short period of time results in heavy run off, much of which goes back in the ocean. While I know that heavy run off is good for restoring the reservoirs, it also results in a great deal of erosion damage and flooding. Rather than look at total annual rainfall totals as our yardstick of a successful moisture-restoring winter, perhaps we should be looking at inches of useable or productive rain. This year's total rainfall has been well below average, but it has been very productive.