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Tuesday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Respecting public office</b>

EDITOR: Supervisor Efren Carrillo's supporters are right that he is entitled to due process. But ask yourself: Did the police lie in their report after they arrested Carrillo? Did he check himself into rehab the day after his arrest because he was innocent? Were the police in San Diego lying in their report following Carrillo's arrest for brawling while drunk?

Whether he beats the charges is irrelevant to me as a voter. Is it too much to ask for an elected official who obeys the law? Is it too much to ask for an elected official who does not engage in brawls? Is it too much to ask for an elected official who doesn't walk the streets in his underwear at night? Is it too much to ask for an elected official who doesn't destroy someone else's private property? Is it too much to ask for an elected official who doesn't party and drink past the point of excess?

In a word, no.

If Carrillo's arrests were prior to him being elected, would you have voted for him? Of course not. It's time to move on. Certainly there are other qualified people out there who will respect public office.

JOE AQUILA

Sebastopol

<b>SR's rent-free rentals</b>

EDITOR: The city of Santa Rosa owns several homes for which it is collecting nominal or no rent ("SR reveals another no-rent property," Aug. 23). Veterans with payment vouchers are unable to find rentals ("Vets' housing plight," Aug. 25). Has it not occurred to anyone that two or more vets could move into those houses, solving the housing problem for at least some of them? And the city could collect rents, which, though not a large amount of money, is better than what it is currently getting. Taxpayers are subsidizing the tenants in the city-owned houses. I would much prefer that my tax monies go to support someone who has done something for our country rather than those currently in residence who have not.

CAROL COLLINS


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