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Recall Sheriff Rivero

EDITOR: I have spent most of my life investigating human conduct. Twelve years were working for the Sheriff's Office — six of those years as a detective sergeant. The following 18 years were with the office of the district attorney as a criminal investigator, from which I retired as the chief investigator.

For the past 15 years, I have owned and operated my own business as a private investigator. Most of that work has been in criminal defense — helping to make certain that defendants get a fair shake from the system. But my heart and respect have always been with law enforcement and truth and justice.

For 45 years, it has been my honor and privilege to serve Lake County and its citizens. My regard and concern for them runs deep and true.

During those years in the District Attorney's Office, I helped investigate and prosecute several bad cops. We convicted some of crimes; some went to jail and some to prison. I feel qualified in recognizing the good from the bad, and I have a strong disregard for peace officers whose badge weighs too heavily.

Please join us in recalling Lake County Sheriff Frank Rivero, who has failed us all as our sheriff.

GARY V. HILL

Lakeport

Unwanted casino

EDITOR: The people of Sonoma County, and especially the citizens of Rohnert Park, owe a great debt of gratitude to Pastor Chip Worthington. As the founder and leader of the Stop the Casino 101 coalition, he has been a driving force in the actions to stop the casino from being built and now to stop it from opening with Las Vegas-style gambling.

His efforts speak to the want of the majority of residents while government, at all levels, has ignored the people and their concerns. Las Vegas-style gambling should be left in Nevada, and Sonoma County should be the Wine Country destination it has always been, not a gambling mecca.

RON LUNDEN

Rohnert Park

Air show is on

EDITOR: Certainly, sequestration has affected the air show industry nationwide, and some shows have been canceled because they are located on military air fields or think not having military jets will jeopardize their fundraising success. As the director of the Wings Over Wine Country air show, which will be held

Aug. 17-18 at Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport, I want to assure everyone that we will have a great air show this year.

We may or may not have a military jet presence depending on the actions of Congress between now and the show, but we will have a ramp full of vintage aircraft, a variety of family-friendly activities, good food and refreshments and an event schedule that will include exciting performers, old war birds and some other very unique aircraft such as the DC-4 airliner we had last year.

The air show is a great community event that supports local businesses and generates funding for the Pacific Coast Air Museum, local Scout troops, the Civil Air Patrol and several other nonprofit organizations. Don't let Congress' action or inaction keep you from supporting your local community. Come to the air show.

WAYNE SEAMANS

Santa Rosa

Teen drinking

EDITOR: Regarding the April 22 article "Fighting teen drinking," research shows parents can make a big difference. A study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University found that children who learn about drug risks from their parents are up to 50 percent less likely to use alcohol.

The Sonoma County Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Advisory Board has been working to educate parents about the influence they can have to help prevent their children from using alcohol. We recently updated our parents guide to underage drinking. The guide provides tips and strategies for how to talk to your teen about alcohol use.

As a parent who just raised two teenagers, I know how it can feel like your kids aren't listening to you and are simply influenced by their peers. But research shows that teenagers whose parents talk to them regularly about the dangers of drugs and alcohol are 42 percent less likely to use drugs and alcohol than those teens whose parents don't.

Learn more about how to talk to your teens by downloading "Underage drinking in Sonoma County" at sonoma-county.org/health/publications/pdf/underagedrinking.pdf

GINA CUCLIS

Sonoma County Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health Advisory Board