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Friday's Letters to the Editor

<b>DUI smoke screen</b>

EDITOR: I think DUI checkpoints are a smoke screen, supposedly protecting us from drunken drivers, instead enabling illegal search, seizure and arrest ("Six arrested at DUI/license checkpoints, pressdemocrat.com.).

Of the 1,908 vehicles that were reported to be screened on Friday night in Rohnert Park and Sebastopol, only one driver was arrested for driving under the influence. Of the cars checked, 0.0005 percent of the drivers (just one) was a drunken driver. I believe it's safe to presume that Sebastopol police would have otherwise caught that miscreant, but they were paid overtime to staff the checkpoint.

Five other drivers were arrested for various crimes or misdemeanors. Of the cars checked, 0.003 percent were driven by suspected criminals of one level or another.

That means 1,902 vehicles were driven by law-abiding citizens.

Not only are the DUI checkpoints a waste of taxpayer money, they violate our freedoms in the name of safe roads.

GREG BRENNAN

Sonoma

<b>Then and now</b>

EDITOR: Isn't it ironic that Efren Carrillo's supporters blasted opponent Rue Furch in his first run for supervisor by claiming that paying her property taxes late — a victimless non-crime — made her unfit for public office. And now those same Carrillo supporters are trying to convince us that getting arrested twice in less than a year is just a little oopsie. Doesn't the Fifth District deserve a representative with good judgment and the wisdom to do what's right?


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