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Thursday's Letters to the Editor

<b>School traffic</b>

EDITOR: Santa Rosa parents experience daily traffic jams at schools when dropping off their children. A principal explains, "Yes, it's madness twice a day, but parents are concerned about safely."

What if kids walked to school? Exercise — twice a day. Breathing air, instead of idling auto exhaust. Fewer bouts of asthma. Less chance of lung diseases in the future.

"Sounds great," parents would say, "but our children's safety trumps everything else."

Solutions? Divide school attendance zones into quadrants and decide on a central meeting place within each quadrant. Adult monitors could teach safe walking practices and supervise the walk to school.

Besides the health benefits, children and parents would be building friendships with their classmates and neighbors.

It sounds like a win-win solution, doesn't it?

MARILYN NELSON

Santa Rosa

<b>Unmatched leader</b>


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