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Wednesday's Letters to the Editor

Sports and concussions

EDITOR: I was delighted to open the paper on Friday and read about the new concussion policy for Santa Rosa schools ("Battle plan for head injuries"). As a student athlete, there is nothing more daunting than witnessing a teammate or peer suffer from a concussion and thinking, "I could be next."

But as I delved deeper into the article, I couldn't help but feel significantly let down. The policy states that a trainer is provided for all contact sports, not all sports. In fact, none of the sports I participate in are on that list. As a competitive volleyball player, I've witnessed countless players as the recipients of high-speed volleyballs to the face. I've heard the blood-curdling smack of a skull meeting the hardwood as someone dives for a ball. Track and field is another example of potential concussion-inducing environment. I took a hard spill on a hurdle the other day, and I could have easily been concussed.

I believe all high-school athletes should be reassured that they are going to be taken care of. I'm all for the protection of our precious brains, but is mine any less important than the quarterback's? Only equal protection will grant me peace of mind (literally).

CLAIRE BARTLETT

Santa Rosa

Fair without the harvest

EDITOR: To me, a harvest fair is a celebration of the gathering of the crops, not just wine and ale. It's supposed to be about the ways of farm living. Cow milking, sheep shearing, hay bucking, growing vegetables, pumpkin carving, building a scarecrow, canning, baking, hay rides, different kinds of livestock and poultry are a few the things to celebrate and share. It's people getting together with kids and city-dwellers learning the country ways while eating a funnel cake or biting into a caramel apple. I guess the name Harvest Fair will have to be changed to something else. What would a garden show be without flowers?

LOIS GIVENS

Petaluma


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