<b>Scale back SAY center</b>

EDITOR: I just read the article on the proposed Social Advocates for Youth facility at Warrack Hospital — the one written with rose-colored glasses ("Tours of housing site offered," Friday).

I live one block from Warrack. I'm not concerned about the 51 residential adults holding jobs living at the facility. Rather, I am concerned about all the other people who will be drawn to the dream center for other reasons — the visiting angry ex-boyfriend, the former gang members getting tattoos removed, the homeless or drug-addicted young adults seeking shelter, the mentally ill adults receiving support.

SAY says it supports 1,100 homeless young adults in the county. At some point over the course of a year, I would expect to see them in our neighborhood. That is my concern. Solution: scale down the facility and services.


Santa Rosa

<b>No redress</b>

EDITOR: Good column by Bob Klose comparing Germany before World War II and our situation now ("What does it take before ordinary people say &‘no more'? Close to Home, Friday).

I was very active for quite a few years and I have come to the conclusion that nothing we can do as citizens will effect change. President John Kennedy said: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." Now it would seem, peaceful revolution is, indeed, impossible.

Reporters and whistleblowers are routinely ignored, imprisoned or killed. Those who have boldly told us what is really going on, such as Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, have sacrificed everything. Protests are underreported or ignored completely by the major media. The U.S. Supreme Court continues to vote 5-to-4 against the will of the majority (gun regulation laws, Citizens United, striking down the Voting Rights Act, etc).

There is no redress or access for the average citizen to address Guantanamo, or anything else of major substance. Liberals and conservatives fight over gay marriage and abortion.


Santa Rosa

<b>Compassion for Carrillo</b>

EDITOR: Compassion. That is what's missing from the current public discourse surrounding Supervisor Efren Carrillo's recent arrest. There has been much concern for the young woman involved, and rightly so, but we have fallen short as a community when it comes to Carrillo. Alcoholism is a disease, not a character flaw. Anyone beginning the journey of recovery needs support and not public condemnation by political leaders and elected officials.

Compassion is unlimited. We can hold compassion for both the young woman and Carrillo. That is the best thing we can do as a community to help them both heal.


Santa Rosa

<b>Driving and texting</b>

EDITOR: The debate over the art at Montgomery Village is moot. What should have been installed is a large billboard that says, "Stop texting and drive carefully."


Santa Rosa

<b>Misdirected outrage</b>

EDITOR: Four good men killed in the Benghazi debacle. No one held responsible. Despite promises, perpetrators not caught. Fast and Furious — guns sent to Mexico by our government. No one held responsible. The IRS targeting certain groups. No one held responsible. The National Security Agency listens into our phone calls and captures our email. With all of this, people are outraged by a statue in Montgomery Village. Really?


Santa Rosa

<b>Fast-track DNA tests</b>

EDITOR: Tuesday's front page shared positive news for Sonoma and five other counties. For these counties, the state has contracted with a laboratory using new methods to expedite DNA testing for rape cases ("DNA tests on fast track").

"Rape kits," or the evidence gathered from victims of sexual assault, in the past, have sat gathering dust on shelves for months. Meanwhile, the woman representing each kit suffered pain, fear and humiliation for months as well, awaiting the results of a DNA test that now takes a mere 15 days to complete.

Kudos to the state of California for fast-tracking this important issue. The women of our state deserve this. Women everywhere deserve this.