<b>Sleeping in cars</b>
EDITOR: I hadn't realized that sleeping in your car is illegal, nor had a friend of mine ("Suit aims to legalize sleeping in cars," Tuesday).
Twice in the past 10 years, she has had the following experience: She left a party and was driving home alone. Realizing she had consumed too much alcohol, she pulled off the road, took her ignition key off the ring, put it in her purse, locked her purse in the trunk and went to sleep in her car. On both occasions, she was awakened by police, arrested for drunken driving and hauled off to jail. The full force of the law came down upon her, the same as if she had been careening around the neighborhood in a drunken stupor. This seems unfair.
Like her, I always believed this would be the proper course of action in this situation. What's the other option? Risk driving home, knowing that you can be arrested if you stay in your car? This simply serves to encourage more drunken driving. One could always call a cab, but this option might not be chosen due to lack of intelligent thought, lack of funds, lack of phone, etc.
Legalizing sleeping in your car is a good idea for more than one reason.
EDITOR: As a nearly lifelong, and admittedly imperfect, follower of Jesus Christ and as the wife of a retired Presbyterian minister and mother of two sons ordained as ministers in the Presbyterian Church (USA), I find the uproar about a Sonoma State employee asking a student volunteer not to wear a cross during student orientation overblown. Had I been in that employee's place, I might have done the same thing.
Sonoma State is a public university; when greeting new or prospective students, one would expect those providing the welcome not to do, say (or perhaps wear) anything that might make prospective students feel unwelcome or uncomfortable.