Taking the initiative

EDITOR: When I was a university student 50 or so years ago, I recall a fellow undergrad remarking that "television is a disease of paupers." I've never forgotten that. Which brings me to the letter headlined "Violent media" in Tuesday's paper. Yes, "we all whine, cry and wring our hands." The letter also said, "Now is the time for us — you and me — to stand up and shout our outrage and demand that our government take immediate action to stop this violation of our rights." We all might be reminded that our government — which is all of us — is bound to uphold the Constitution, which allows for broad freedom of the press — the media.

Not all of us "whine," etc. over "violent movies, videos and violent games." Some of us exercise choice and free will in what we will or will not watch on TV. And we will not purchase anything that offends our sensibilities of right and wrong such as violent games and so forth.

Parents, especially, have a responsibility and duty to guide their children's selection of what is good television watching and what is not. Seemingly, this has a better chance at influence than does waiting for mother/father government to act in our stead.


Santa Rosa

Road work

EDITOR: I just read Staff Writer Bob Norberg's article about modifying the Airport and Fulton road interchanges on Highway 101 ("Airport Blvd. interchange overhaul begins," Wednesday). Didn't we just revamp this section of the highway a couple of years ago? Where were the planners then? Wouldn't this money be better spent fixing the aging and cracking freeway between Windsor and Healdsburg? It is one of best candidates for highway repair I've driven over lately. This seems to me like more wasted tax dollars.


Santa Rosa

Rules of the road

EDITOR: I find it alarming that there are so many injuries and deaths with bicyclists. All drivers have a responsibility for watching out and yielding for them, but they also have a responsibility to obey the laws of the road and use the bicycle lanes. But what I find very upsetting is so many bicyclists who seem to think the rules of the road are only for cars.

A lot of cyclists disregard stop signs and run through red lights, and most disturbing is a bicyclist not using the bike lane and instead riding on the sidewalk. That's not only dangerous to people walking on the sidewalks, it's dangerous for drivers pulling out of shopping centers or driveways. You can see a pedestrian on a sidewalk, but when you pull forward to enter the street you do not expect a bicyclists riding on the sidewalk and almost hitting you.

A driver has to pull onto the sidewalk, where there is still plenty of room to look into the bike lane, before pulling onto the street. But when cyclists are riding on the sidewalk and come out of nowhere, it can easily cause an accident and result in injuries or worse.

Everyone on the sidewalks and roadways need to pay attention to the rules and, hopefully, we can prevent accidents.


Santa Rosa

Shelter policy

EDITOR: One of the Sonoma Humane Society's dedicated volunteers, Yvonne Alexander, wrote a suggestion that readers consider adopting pets from a shelter rather than from a breeder ("Shelter pets," Letters, Jan. 2). This is a position that we wholeheartedly support as, in Sonoma County alone, close to 10,000 animals are surrendered to shelters every year.

However, Alexander did make a statement we wish to correct. Far from being a shelter that "accepts only animals that are healthy and not aggressive," the Sonoma Humane Society is an open-admission shelter for animals of all behavior types and health concerns.

In 2011, nearly 45 percent of the cats and dogs at our shelter arrived with medical or behavior needs. These animals were given veterinary care and training opportunities; the vast majority were successfully rehabilitated and adopted. While it is true that we would never knowingly adopt an animal who would be unsafe, we do not turn away animals that are infirm.


Executive director,

Sonoma Humane Society