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Monday's Letters to the Editor

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.

MELVYN T. CORNELIUS

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.

CRAIG WIPER

Santa Rosa


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