<b>Don't judge verdict</b>

EDITOR: This letter is in response to the George Zimmerman trial. I have been a juror for two murder trials, one in San Mateo County and one in Sonoma County. Both trials had newspaper coverage. While the coverage was accurate on what was reported, it is impossible to report every single item of evidence, every single word of every single witness, every objection by the lawyers and all instructions from the judge.

Unless you are sitting in the jury box or in the audience for every single moment of a trial, then you are not qualified to determine its outcome. There is an enormous amount of detail. One sentence can make the difference in the outcome. Don't be so quick to judge the verdict based on only what you read or hear on the news.

It's easy to criticize the jury or the process based on dated racial issues rather than the facts of the case. The jury came to the conclusion based on the evidence as presented, moment by moment, day by a day. Were you there?


Santa Rosa

<b>Risky, costly power</b>

EDITOR: After considering the Sonoma Clean Power proposal, I am wondering: What are people thinking? In 2001, California enacted a similar scheme with the deregulation of electricity providers, creating chaos and much higher prices.

This was the same scheme. The state would buy the power, and PG&E would distribute it, to reduce prices. We now pay three times the national average. Look carefully at your electric bill; the pricing scheme is confusing. The rate is about 13 cents per kilowatt-hour until you reach the baseline, then it jumps to 35 cents per kilowatt-hour. The baseline is 40 percent of the average usage in your area.

Sonoma Clean Power doesn't suggest it will charge less; it offers an ethereal plan for greener power, with no specifics. What we will get is another bureaucracy, with its inherent overhead and lack of accountability. In what way is this better? What will be different from what happened in 2001?

If it promised something like substantially reduced rates, it might be interesting, but this does nothing of the sort. How can people in neighboring states pay a third of what we pay, while purchasing their power from the same sources?

Doesn't anyone smell a rat here?


Santa Rosa

<b>Carrillo's attire</b>

EDITOR: A lot of talk and speculation abounds about Supervisors Efren Carrillo since he was literally caught with his pants down and running around the city in his underwear. But yet another important question remains that needs to be answered: boxers or briefs?


Santa Rosa

<b>Navarrette misguided</b>

EDITOR: I was appalled at Ruben Navarrette Jr.'s misguided and racist column ("A need for moral leadership," Wednesday). To say that a 17-year-old black boy eating Skittles and talking to his girlfriend was "at fault" in his own death is truly revolting. His death came at the hands of a vigilante who was told to "stand down" by the police.

I believe Navarrette has had his head pummeled by right wing ideologies so often that he doesn't really understand what truth, liberty and equality are all about.

This American travesty plays out time and again in our courtrooms and has for about 200 years.

I deplore President Barack Obama for many things — for not ending the racist war in the Middle East sooner, for abandoning undocumented workers, for not ending the incarceration of Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu-Jamal and for not embracing gay rights sooner, but I give Obama credit for stating, "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon Martin."

Like all of our children, Martin was not a perfect person, but he was still our child to cherish, guide and love. Because of fear and ignorance one more child is dead.



<b>Affordable Care Act</b>

EDITOR: The proper name of what you (and a lot of other media folks) keep calling "Obamacare" in some news stories is the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare is a nickname and a misnomer as well as being misleading.

As I recall, the final act was not what President Barack Obama originally put forward but was modified to include a lot of stuff that many ranking Republicans and conservative think tanks previously had advocated. The modified version of the Affordable Care Act was passed by both houses of Congress, which makes it more than something Obama cooked up.

So let's call the plan what it actually is intended to be: the Affordable Care Act.


Santa Rosa