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Tuesday's Letters to the Editor

Incendiary phrases

EDITOR: On Wednesday, as I read about the "ice bag incident," I could not help but feel disappointed and frustrated ("School proactive in addressing fan behavior"). Not only has this incident humiliated my school, but it has also generated a terrible reputation for students, families and players who attend our athletic events. Rumors have spread like wildfire, and each one twists and turns the story to satisfy personal bias and amplify dramatic effect. I won't pretend I haven't done this myself.

However, when the newspaper uses the phrase "a collision under the basket" to describe the foul that occurred during the last second of the basketball game and "hurled" to describe the manner in which the ice was thrown at the Carrillo High School player, the fires are only fed and spread to a larger audience. I am not, in any way, defending the actions taken by the Santa Rosa High parent, nor am I blaming anyone for the conflict that inspired these actions. I merely ask that the reputation of a wonderful school isn't sacrificed for an exciting story.

MELISSA LOPEZ

Santa Rosa

Obama's 'fairy tale'

EDITOR: The national debt is $16.5 trillion. America isn't just broke, we are seriously in debt. President Barack Obama loves to tell people what they want to hear; it would be refreshing to hear the truth. How can he stand before the American public with a straight face and never once tell us how we are going to pay for his fairy tale without including business?

THEODORE CARL SODERBERG

San Francisco

Cutting fuel consumption


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