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Powerful images

EDITOR: I suggest that NBC News host David Gregory confront Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association not with a high-capacity magazine but with photos of the horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lt. J. Paul Vance, a spokesman for the Connecticut State Police described "a very horrific and difficult scene" at the school.

In 1955, photos of the public funeral and open casket of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American boy who was brutally murdered in Mississippi, were a catalyst for the civil rights movement.

And in 1972, Nick Ut's photograph of a young Vietnamese girl screaming as she ran naked, burning from napalm, appeared in our newspapers.

These are images that changed the world.

And now we need to see the bloody, horror of gun violence until we have a bill in Congress to fix this problem.

SUSAN SEITZ

Cazadero

Shelter pets

EDITOR: About 500,000 dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States every year because they don't have homes. Before buying an expensive animal ("Research your next dog," Thursday), I suggest readers consider adopting one from a shelter; there are several shelters in Sonoma County.

Some shelters, such as the Sonoma Humane Society on Highway 12, train dogs in basic manners before being released for adoption. Consequently, the return rate is about 2 percent, a statistic that shows how successful the shelter is in training dogs and matching all their animals with appropriate families.

The Humane Society accepts only animals that are healthy and not aggressive. It also has a large selection of cats and some rabbits (which can make lovely pets).

In addition, the Humane Society sometimes offers free or low-cost spay and neuter services to help reduce the population of unwanted animals in the county. People can read about services and the animals available for adoption at sonomahumane.org. The Humane Society, a no-kill shelter, was established more than 80 years ago, is privately funded and receives no government funds.

YVONNE ALEXANDER

Santa Rosa

Congress and the cliff

EDITOR: Do the American people really think that any politician gives a rip about us? They get paid, they get raises, they get everything better than the people they serve — or should I say the the people they are suppose to serve, since we vote them into office?

To put us on the fiscal cliff, then leave for a vacation and think that is OK — it is time to vote these trough-sucking pigs out of office and get some new faces who truly work for the people and not their pension or pay raises or perks.

It's amazing how many of them are millionaires in a job that pays about $175,000 per year. And you think that these negotiations being held are going to benefit you the average taxpayer when they are through?

Wake up and dump this sorry bunch of losers.

BARRY COMERFORD

Windsor

Woolsey's legacy

EDITOR: The cover story in Sunday's paper about Rep. Lynn Woolsey was hard to overlook ("Woolsey's tenure one of conviction"). I had to force myself to read this lengthy story about someone whom I have never respected in order to get an insight into the message being portrayed.

To be sure, there is a lot more to Woolsey than you will find in this glossy piece.

Going back to 2000, "when Woolsey introduced HR 946, the bill to restore tribal status to the Coast Miwok Indians, prohibited the construction of a casino. But at some point, the wording was changed, and it granted the tribe gaming rights," ("Mysteries surrounding Woolsey," Paul Gullixson column, May 14, 2006). What happened? Woolsey never came clean about this switcheroo.

While Sunday's article said "her greatest legacy is her anti-war activism," I would submit that her biggest legacy is now under construction on Wilfred Avenue in Rohnert Park.

ROB MILLER

Santa Rosa