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Thursday's Letters to the Editor

A thing called love

EDITOR: When we think of Feb. 14, we see visions of flowers, chocolate and teddy bears. We commonly know this day as Valentine's Day, and like most other holidays, there was a significance that brought it about. The original meaning has gone astray over time, and it has developed into a day of giving to that special someone. We are bombarded with TV ads that have convinced us that we have to buy our love. However, like Christmas, Valentines' Day has a deeper meaning than gifts.

Valentine's Day is the day we celebrate love but not just the romantic, relationship kind. If they don't have a valentine, many people update their Facebook status with "forever alone" or "happy single awareness day." This day has transformed our society into believing we have to be in a relationship and prove our love to one another. This is not what should define Valentine's Day.

This is the day we celebrate our love. Love for ourselves, our lives, for the struggles, for everyone in and out of our lives and, of course, for our family and loved ones. Let this day be a day we celebrate this little thing called love.

RACHEL KREAGER

Santa Rosa

Activists gone silent

EDITOR: What happened to Cindy Sheehan, Code Pink, Women in Black and the peace movement? Did the war end and peace break out?

During the last six years of George W. Bush's presidency, we saw and heard these people almost every day. In the past four years, not a peep. The only conclusion I can come to is Republican wars are evil and Democratic wars are good.

WAYNE THOMAS


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