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Letters of the Day: Two views of Efren Carrillo

  • Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo, left, and his attorney Chris Andrian face Judge Gary Medvigy during a hearing at the Sonoma County Superior Court in Santa Rosa, California on Thursday, July 18, 2013. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

<b>Second chances</b>

EDITOR: A Bay Area politician was caught having an affair with his best friend's wife while in office. His erstwhile friend was also his campaign manager. Many of the politician's constituents were appalled by his behavior, and some called for his resignation.

The politician acknowledged the gravity of what he had done and sought treatment for a drinking problem. Meanwhile, he remained in office. At the end of his term, many acknowledged that he had done a pretty good job despite significant controversy around a very bold and humane move he made during his term.

He ran for higher office and was elected. Now he is being touted by some as the next governor of California. Who is he? Gavin Newsom, the handsome, articulate, wealthy and white scion of a prominent San Francisco family.

If Supervisor Efren Carrillo enjoyed some of Newsom's advantages, I wonder if the calls for his resignation would be fewer and his constituents would be more inclined to forgive his indefensible actions and give him a second chance.

RICHARD CLEVERLY

Santa Rosa

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<b>Trust for Carrillo?</b>

EDITOR: As I opened the paper, I knew I would see yet another letter of support for Supervisor Efren Carrillo. He obviously has lots of friends; they must be making a concerted effort to get a good word out to the public every day to obfuscate the facts.


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