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Monday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Food stamp spending</b>

EDITOR: Thanks for printing the commentary about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's lack of accountability regarding food stamps ("Uncovering the secrets of food stamps," Aug. 9). I admit ignorance. This is journalism we need at this stage in our country. Four out of $5? One in seven Americans? Liquor stores that can accept food stamps? An $80 billion expenditure (out of $150 billion)? The strong link between obesity and income? One starts to strongly suspect backroom kick-backs, departmental nepotism, dysfunction and, worst, self-serving bureaucrats — that old-fashioned word.

SUSAN ROSE

Petaluma

<b>Schlock controversy</b>

EDITOR: Regarding the article about the art sculptures at Montgomery Village ("SR public art draws fire," Wednesday), all I can say is, Oh my god, who the hell cares?

I've seen these sculptures, even taken pictures of them. I think the whole project was nicely done. I didn't know there were "originals" versus "duplicates" until the story pointed them out. Art is in the eye of the beholder. Don't we have more important issues to worry about in this town?

KENNY DUNN

Santa Rosa

<b>Courthouse Square</b>


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