<b>Courage to quit</b>
EDITOR: Watching Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, it's clear to me that Efren Carrillo deserves compassion — from us, and for himself. Addictions, whether to alcohol, sex or drugs, present a huge personal challenge for anyone as one wrestles with long buried personal demons. But if it's successful, recovery can be extremely redeeming, as one realizes deeper strengths of character.
A huge challenge is to build the inner strength to resist the visceral call of one's compulsive desires. Unfortunately for Carrillo, the political world is filled with these kinds of addictive temptations (i.e. alcohol, women, etc.) and relapses — an expected thing for those in recovery — aren't going to be allowed.
But as much as Carrillo deserves our compassion, the 5th District deserves unencumbered representation. I appeal to him: Don't marginalize your affliction. Give yourself the time and space to heal. Your personal life and political life cannot be as easily separated as you might think. Be compassionate to yourself and your constituents by finding the courage to leave the obviously unhealthy arena you are now in. Your accomplishments will be enhanced by the true courage you will be showcasing.
<b>Supporting local art</b>
EDITOR: As a local sculptor, I would like to weigh in on the critical comments about the Montgomery Village sculptures ("SR public art draws fire," Aug. 14). and questions about why David Codding didn't buy his sculpture from a local artist.
I have shown my original metal sculptures in six Montgomery Village art festivals over the past four years. I have enjoyed the ability to share my work with this community and reap the financial rewards of selling my work.
The entry fees for the festival are token, and David Codding and Melissa Williams provide artists lavish advertising for their works through extensive marketing in large print ads and radio. They support more independent artists than anyone else in the area, and the thought of them being ridiculed for their decision to hire who they want for a commissioned artwork on their property is outrageous.