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Tuesday's Letters to the Editor


<b>Playing peek-a-boo?</b>

EDITOR: The good-old-boy network and the two-tiered justice system are alive and thriving in Sonoma County. Peeking? How many people have been charged with peeking in the past 10 years? Is peeking illegal? Will we arrest parents who play peek-a-boo with their babies?

The Efren Carrillo camp, with the help of their friends at The Press Democrat, would like us to believe that his transgressions are no more serious than a child's game.

The Board of Supervisors did manage to break the deafening silence it has embraced since Carrillo's return from rehab. "I don't see this as a distraction" Supervisor David Rabbit said ("Carrillo formally charged, but plea is postponed," Saturday). ". . . This was slightly uphill from nothing, to be honest."

Two felony arrests, a 3 a.m. underwear romp, a long-term problem with binge drinking, a month in rehab, a possible civil suit and a misdemeanor charge of peeking equals no distraction and adds up to little more than nothing.

Welcome to the new standard for serving on the Board of Supervisors.

THOMAS MORABITO

Sebastopol

<b>Toy gun dangers</b>

EDITOR: A few years ago, my daughter and my 8-year-old granddaughter were kidnapped by a woman toting a realistic toy gun. She held the gun to my granddaughter's head and threatened to shoot her if my daughter didn't give her sufficient cash. My daughter had to drive to three banks to withdraw cash with her little daughter held in the back seat by this drug-crazed woman.

Although the whole incident took only a few hours, the damage to my granddaughter will last a lifetime. Her belief in the basic goodness of people has been taken away. (The woman was later arrested and is serving time for kidnapping and armed robbery.)

No one doubts it is tragic that Andy Lopez was killed by Deputy Erick Gelhaus, but it is my belief that there was no way he could tell that the gun held by Andy was a toy. Sales of realistic toy guns should be prohibited. Toy guns have been used in robberies, and they present a danger to society. My daughter and granddaughter were no less threatened by the toy gun than they would have been by a real one.

BARBARA CONFER

Petaluma

<b>Insurance scam</b>

EDITOR: I'm 61 years old, and in my long life of driving, I have made one claim on my auto insurance policy for $2,000. I have paid out at least $40,000 in premiums since I was 16. That's a better return for insurance companies than casinos make in Las Vegas.

And the same is true of health insurance premiums I've paid over my life. They pay me a few thousand, and I pay them tens of thousands.

Fire insurance, too. I've paid tens of thousands and never collected a dime.

But it's all required by the government, which works for the insurance companies. From Barack Obama on down to Jerry Brown, they require this extortion from us. For our safety, of course.

And if you readers are the lucky lottery winners who got more out of the insurance con game than you paid in — well, lucky you. You got cancer. Your house burned down. You were severely hurt in a car wreck.

I'm all for sharing the pain of such life traumas, but the insurance companies charge at least 20 percent vigorish, and Obamacare will let them collect even more.

TIM McGRAW

Healdsburg

<b>Finding a lesson</b>

EDITOR: Would an orange tip on the gun Andy Lopez turned toward the officers made a difference?

Toy makers put them on so this kind of incident would not happen. Andy Lopez's death can be used to educate people that toy guns are marked to be identified as toys.

Just as car wrecks are shown to teach against drunken driving, use this to show that taking off, or if by accident the safety orange tip is gone, it can be mistaken for a real gun. Teach them there is personal responsibility.

MARY DESJARDINS

Ukiah

<b>Let the fleecing begin</b>

EDITOR: It's interesting that people who have little money or resist paying taxes will happily give it to the Indian tribes in exchange for a few hands of poker or rolls of the dice. Let the fleecing of the underclass begin.

HANS BEERBAUM

Petaluma