<b>Humanitarian aid</b>

EDITOR: I keep hearing "we must do something." With the ballooning number of refugees fleeing Syria to neighboring countries, especially since the latest sarin attack, why don't we take some action?

I understand Jordan, our ally, is a nation of about 5 million people and is taking on about a million Syrian refugees, many of whom fled with nothing more than the clothes on their back.

Bombing a country should be reserved for countries by whom an attack on us or our allies is imminent or has already happened. Humanitarian aid and diplomacy (however strained) will strengthen our status as the greatest nation on earth.

Let's help the victims instead of provoking the genocidal, morally bankrupt regime of Bashar al-Assad.


Rohnert Park

<b>False portrayal</b>

EDITOR: Painting the concerns of Bennett Valley residents seeking complete answers to Social Advocates for Youth's megacenter as being based on ignorance is self-serving and false. There has been a lack of transparency throughout the process that goes beyond the fine-tuned public relations campaign being waged by a private organization and its supporters.

Truly caring professionals who support the mission of youth services, i.e. clinical psychologists, counselors, probation/parole officers and caseworkers, most of whom possess a doctorate or master's degree and combined experience in the hundreds of years, are opposed to the ambitious size and inappropriate siting of this project.

Those who have never delivered services, assisted or supervised an adult population such as this would best inform themselves of both sides before labeling concerns of the opposition as being based on ignorance.

The determination of SAY to site this project at all costs is disturbing, trivializing the cost to the neighborhood. The SAY political/public relations machine would best realize that continuing down this path will certainly result in bitter acrimony, a divisive, negative result for all.


Santa Rosa

<b>Virtues of resigning</b>

EDITOR: I read with interest the letter by Tina Marie Kelly ("Compassion for Carrillo," Sunday). I agree that compassion should be shown to Efren Carrillo for his evident issues with alcohol abuse. It is a disease that permeates families everywhere. He truly has a problem, and that is why I feel he should resign and take time to concentrate on recovery that cannot be achieved in 30 days.

Requesting that he step down is not a lack of compassion; it is recognizing that he needs to step back and make a true recovery. Then he can return to the political arena stronger and more able than ever. His addiction problems, public outcries and being under the microscope of public opinion, not to mention the pressure of recall efforts by the North Bay Labor Council and others, must surely affect his ability to do the job that his constituents expect and deserve.

He is young. If he can recover, he can return and be unstoppable in his representation of many who will see him as a role model — someone who was troubled by a disease that most can relate to and who came back 110 percent. The sky will be the limit in the renewed, stronger political career of Efren Carrillo.



<b>Nuclear plant costs</b>

EDITOR: I read with great sadness that Southern California Edison needs money for its shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant ("$2B sought for closing nuclear plant," Friday). Actually, it needs the money for its shareholders — at least $2.4 billion.

I feel so sorry for those poor shareholders. Weighing their greed for profit against the financial risk of nuclear accidents and the cost of managing the waste for the next 10,000 years must have befuddled them. The public is already on the hook for Fukushima-like disasters thanks to the Price-Anderson Act, so why not have the public pay for decommissioning and everything?

But instead of cash, which is so impersonal, let's all pitch in and buy the shareholders some boric acid for their swimming pools.


Santa Rosa