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Saturday's Letters to the Editor

Being prepared

EDITOR: Four months ago this coming Sunday, in a small town in Connecticut, there was a horrific killing of 20 children and six adults. A lone gunman walked into a school with guns, and in less than 10 minutes, beginnings became endings.

As with many things in our lives, it was naturally assumed that the 20 schoolchildren would feel at home in the familiar surroundings that were much like a second home. This false sense of security contributed to the ending of young children. The assumptions of security and safety in the Newtown massacre are the same "assumptions" that keep so many people from the possible life-saving training through the Santa Rosa COPE neighborhood preparedness program, for example. The savage beatings of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina or the relentless waters and winds of Hurricane Sandy on our East Coast might have been less severe if, instead of assuming security and safety would prevail, pre-thought out personal survival and disaster preparedness skills were put into play.

In the case of possible, probable and inevitable natural disasters, everyone in the entire country needs to get emphatically involved with programs that will save lives. Please remember — never assume.

JAMES HARRIS

Santa Rosa

Laguna protection

EDITOR: Wednesday's article about Laguna protection efforts ("Santa Rosa struggles to create Laguna protection Projects") is a prime example of our leaders spinning their wheels and wasting money without solving the problem.

The article stated that in a normal year approximately 50,000 pounds of nitrogen and phosphorus are expelled into the Laguna, therefore, the city must clean other sites for credits to offset the discharge. How about no discharge of nitrogen and phosphorus into the Laguna? Problem solved.

The time and money should be spent on finding ways to filter these items. In my very short research, I found there are methods that claim to be effective for this problem.


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