EDITOR: I wonder if Thurston Smith ("Will church change?" Letters, Saturday) has any idea how tiresome his letter is for most Catholics. It's the same old mantra of the same old generic complaints.
In an ideal world, all of his demands would be met, and he would not have to be so bitter. The church has one and a half billion members, most of whom do not waste their time writing unrealistic and judgmental letters, but they practice their faith instead as best they can, keeping within its well-founded traditions in a world of ever-increasing nonsense.
It would be far more conducive if we were spared the same old generic criticisms from people who fail to understand the consequences of what they are demanding.
RITA S. KARVONEN
RP fire response
EDITOR: Your report on Rohnert Park's fire division was on the money ("Department under fire," March 10). They show up late and do very little. Our mayor didn't like your report and alluded to the use of mutual aid as a method of creating a deeper department with more resources ("Statistics back public safety model," Close to Home, March 17).
Unfortunately, our mayor appears to be misinformed about how the fire division operates. In 1995, the grand jury identified needed improvements, including proper building inspections, faster responses and tactical training for firefighting.
In 2003, my parent's home was destroyed in a series of events that resembled the Keystone Cops. Fire personnel didn't exhibit familiarity with their equipment, didn't locate a fire hydrant across the street, moved their ladder truck three times and, after being at the scene for 20 minutes, started fighting the fire. Mutual aid was not used. The fire division was called back the next morning to put out the smoldering fire.