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<b>Pay scales</b>

EDITOR: Why is it that you publish what the average worker at BART makes ("Why so much is at stake with BART," Aug. 11), yet make no mention of the compensation that their employers make? Getting paid $80,000 per year with benefits doesn't make anyone wealthy in the Bay Area.

As Hedrick Smith noted in your Forum section ("Empty promises," Aug. 11), the average worker, accounting for inflation, makes the same as he or she did in the 1970s, yet compensation for CEOs is up 40 percent since 2009.

Far too many, apparently including editors at The Press Democrat, argue that most people are struggling, so everyone should struggle. Cities and counties are far more hurt by compensation paid to mayors, council people, et al. who serve for only a few years and walk away with endless compensation than they ever will be by people who actually put in a career for said city or county.

JASON NETZ

Petaluma

<b>Carrillo must go now</b>

EDITOR: I'm wondering if Supervisor Efren Carrillo's connections to the Sonoma County Democratic Party and the owners of The Press Democrat are preventing the newspaper from calling Carrillo what he's shown himself to be. Carrillo is either a drunk or a pervert, regardless of what happens in the criminal case.

A woman was victimized, and I'd wager that if Carrillo was not a Democrat, The Press Democrat would be calling for his resignation now, not after Friday ("Carrillo's next step rests on Aug. 30 events," Wednesday). Take a responsible position. Carrillo has lost the ability to represent his constituents and is making a laughingstock out of the Sonoma County Democratic Party. Give him every opportunity to defend himself against criminal charges. But don't give him every opportunity to make Sonoma County politics a joke. As it now stands, politicians are considered one step above child molesters by the public.

Query: Would anyone vote for Carrillo now knowing about his "mishaps" with the law? No. He needs to resign or to be recalled, and the paper of record for Sonoma County needs to take a stand now without waiting for Friday.

STEVE FARNELL

Sebastopol

<b>Carrillo's courage</b>

EDITOR: Supervisor Efren Carrillo returned to work Tuesday after 38 days in rehab. (A minimum of 90 days is often required for drug/alcohol treatment).

Some have used this opportunity to seek the downfall of this young Latino male who has demonstrated success in public office. While I agree that Carrillo has taken poor political positions, I support his courage to enter a rehab program. His statement at Tuesday's meeting indicated a certain reflectiveness regarding judgment and the like.

Anyone who has traveled down the "rehab road" is quite aware of the personal inventory required to recalibrate one's "moral and ethical" compass — not to mention the physical and mental issues that accompany addictive behavior.

We point fingers, we profile, we lack compassion for one who is struggling with substance abuse and/or mental illness, especially when it involves a young Latino/African-American male. This is indicative of Carrillo's so-called allies who now distance themselves from him.

I long to see the distinction between caring for an individual vs. keeping an arm's length due to political opportunism. I am not his fan, but I support his political courage. I am also hopeful that the alleged victim will step forward truthfully as well.

MARIA ABADESCO

Glen Ellen

<b>Reporting race</b>

EDITOR: During the horrible Trayvon Martin killing and subsequent trial, The Press Democrat made sure to mention repeatedly the races involved. More recently, when a young white man was slaughtered by three teens, two of them African-American, in their words, "just for the fun of it," your news story is a multi-column article with absolutely no race mentioned at all. Your reverse prejudice is as noxious as any prejudice.

Where is President Barack Obama? His mother was white. Could this slain young man have looked like his uncle? Why doesn't Obama use this as another teachable moment?

Stop slanting the news and start reporting the facts. If you mention race in one killing, mention it in all that you publish. Don't pick and choose the pertinent facts according to what fits your personal view.

ELEANOR JONES

Windsor