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May 9 Letters to the Editor

<b>Double jeopardy</b>

EDITOR: How is it that politicians think they have the right to decide who represents the 5th Supervisorial District? Supervisor Efren Carrillo has a constituency. Apparently how his district may decide to vote on him is meaningless to them. So much for democracy. The words "double jeopardy" also come to mind.

ARTHUR HILLS

Santa Rosa

<b>Ravitch: No pablum</b>

EDITOR: I had the opportunity some time ago to listen to District Attorney Jill Ravitch at a gathering in Petaluma. I don't know her personally, but I came away very impressed by her talk. No political pablum — just a clear testimony of her accomplishments and her plans for Sonoma County.

As a casual observer, I have seen that she has accomplished a great deal since she took office. I don't know her opponent. I do know that certain detractors of our district attorney base their arguments on supposition and statements that reflect a misunderstanding of legal power, duty and obligation to the public at large, especially in the tragic Andy Lopez case.

I'm reminded of the old adage that "justice delayed is justice denied." But I think of a great jurist's words in this case: Learned Hand, a U.S. appellate judge and judicial philosopher, said, "Life is made up of constant calls to action, and we seldom have time for more than hastily contrived answers."

Give Ravitch time to make her decision on the Lopez case. Let's stop making it a political football. Suggesting she is delaying any decision until after the election is, at best, ludicrous.

LOUIS CHARLES OLKER


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