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Sunday's Letters to the Editor

Bikes and cars

EDITOR: Once again, the rivalry between bicyclists and cars has raised its ugly head. And if we are truly honest, there is plenty of blame to be shared by all. How Sonoma County drivers were ever rated the "safest" in a recent survey, I'll never know. At the same time, the blatant and utter disregard for laws and safety by cyclists, from the Lance wanna-bes to the teenagers who just don't care, is also atrocious.

We now have an ordinance, pushed by a select few, that will allow this war to escalate.

Come on drivers, obey the laws and realize you are behind the wheel of a large vehicle that can hurt people. At the same time, you bicyclists must yield the right of way, ride in a safe manner and obey the laws designed to protect us all. Just do it.

BOB HICKS

Santa Rosa

Public criticism

EDITOR: I have a family member who is a Rohnert Park public safety officer. I cannot and should not comment on methodology or training of firefighters. However, the decision by individuals in leadership positions from local fire departments to publicly criticize Rohnert Park public safety officers through the media was at best, a poor one ("Department under fire," Sunday).

Consistent, clear, accurate and direct communication between public agencies such as police and fire is critical to promoting cooperation and problem solving. Potentially life-threatening situations require interagency cooperation to maintain the safety and trust of the public and personnel involved. How does public criticism of one agency by another promote and improve the cooperation and coordination of services?

I would suggest those who chose to publicly criticize the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety be assigned training in media relations and interagency cooperation and communication. The continued safety of the public as well as law enforcement officers and fire fighters is at issue here.


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