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March 14 Letters to the Editor

Concussion testing

EDITOR: I appreciate the concern expressed in Wednesday's letters by a student that the Santa Rosa school district's recently enacted concussion awareness and prevention program would only be accessible to students playing sports such as football ("Sports and concussions"). In fact, the program is specifically designed to capture all student athletes in all sports.

We are obtaining 500 baseline tests per high school per year, with up to 150 follow-up tests to be administered after a potential concussion injury. We will buy more if needed.

Regardless of what sport you play, your baseline will be established and tracked through potential injuries. As the student noted, concussion-like injuries can come from other than person-to-person contact, such that we worry about the volleyball players who hit the floor, the track and field players who can sustain any number of head injuries and the diver who can occasionally hit a diving board. We will test them all.

BILL CARLE

President, Santa Rosa Board of Education

Silly laws

EDITOR: George F. Will's Sunday column ("Panic over a 7-year-old boy's Pop-Tart pistol") was very entertaining. It brought me back to my happy childhood days when the Fourth of July finally came. Oh how I loved to strap on my cap gun holsters and shoot caps at my friends. We would pick sides and have shoot-outs like we were cowboys. Those were the days — none of this politically correct nonsense. Government doesn't need to pass these silly laws; only one law is needed — treat everyone as you would like to be treated. I guess that would be too easy.

CONSTANCE LEARY

Santa Rosa


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