<b>A dangerous toy</b>
EDITOR: The people who should take blame for the tragic and unnecessary killing of 13-year-old Andy Lopez are the manufacturers of these play guns and the parents who purchase them for their children. There is nothing beneficial, creative, playful or loving about teaching a child how to hold, point and shoot a lethal weapon, especially one known for killing many human beings all at once.
A child's mind is open to learning whatever he or she is shown, so why do some parents give their kids an object that mimics a lethal weapon? There are so many other options for giving children toys, tools, ideas and entertainments to enrich their lives.
These fake guns are simply not toys, as sadly shown here. Neither making, selling nor buying them does anything to promote a peaceful, intelligent, creative and loving community.
EDITOR: A recent Close to Home column spoke of the Sebastopol Charter School's possible new location and how students would no longer be able to walk there ("Health, the planet and the location of a charter school," Oct. 16). It made me think of other examples of charter schools whose administrators obviously weren't thinking of the health of students or the planet.
Faced with declining enrollment, the Oak Grove School District made its schools, Oak Grove and Willowside, charters and, therefore, open to any student from any district to attend. The fact that bus service would be eliminated by law for students who live in the district didn't matter. Environmental nightmares at both schools due to hundreds of cars descending twice daily — not a factor.
These are rural schools, impossible for most to walk to or ride bikes to. Our kids have a right to ride the bus to school. Shame on the Oak Grove School District. Tell the very nice, but unnecessary, Superintendent Kevin Harrigan.