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Friday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Accessible art</b>

EDITOR: I applaud David Codding for realizing who will really see and enjoy the new sculptures at Montgomery Village ("SR public art draws fire," Wednesday). Families, and even a lone adult, will be able to enjoy and remember a childhood memory instead of trying to figure out what it is, as is the case with so many of our city sculptures.

Perhaps Judy Kennedy of the city's public art advisory committee should consider who the majority of Santa Rosans are. We are like a family and a community town — not like San Francisco or New York, where we must impress visitors with our ability to put up extremely expensive sculptures that can only be explained by a very few.


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<b>Political low-jinks</b>

EDITOR: So state Sen. Noreen Evans is inclined to quit politics because public service restricts her income potential ("Evans unlikely to run in 2014," Saturday). If that were the case, the halls of government would be empty. It is widely perceived that our public servants make a career out of it and are richly rewarded financially. Evans must be missing the boat somehow.

Anyway, release her to practice her chosen profession of full-time pettifoggery, and don't let the door hit her in the backside on the way out.

Conversely, Supervisor Efren Carrillo has evidenced a knack for public service and addressing the needs of his constituents. His man-of-the-people likability and charisma are notable. Seemingly, he chose politics for altruistic reasons and not to reap a financial windfall. Temporarily, he has been hoisted on his own petard, but it's likely a second chance is in the offing.

Some of the most notable political figures in recent history have been in the same boat, e.g. the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton and, closer to home, Gavin Newsom. All bounced back unscathed. Maybe Carrillo can do likewise.

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