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Thursday's Letters to the Editor


<b>Carrillo case</b>

EDITOR: I feel compelled to reply to Frank Zwolinski's letter ("More than peeking," Nov. 14). Zwolinski compared the act of a young man who actually broke into a woman's house, and went into her bedroom half-dressed, with the arrest of Supervisor Efren Carrillo. Did he not read that Carrillo did not break into the woman's house but was outside, with the possible intention of breaking in? The facts make a big difference. I always thought it was innocent until proven guilty, not guilty until proven innocent.

NANCY AITA

Sebastopol

<b>Shooting questions</b>

EDITOR: The swirl of opinions regarding the deadly confrontation between Andy Lopez and a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy has raised some questions for me. Answers were not hard to find.

How many officers have been shot and killed in the line of duty since Sheriff Jim Petray was gunned down along with two San Francisco officers in 1920? The answer is two. Both were shot by vicious criminals.

How many people have been killed by our officers since 1920? The answer is likely in the hundreds given that the Sonoma County Free Press reported 56 in the last 13 years.

How many officers have been convicted of criminal wrongdoing in these deaths? Zero.

How many officers have been shot by an assault rifle? Zero.

Is police work more dangerous than other work? The answer is, it's not in the top 10. Fishing, logging and steel work generally top the list; not police work.

These facts should raise serious questions about a protocol that calls for overwhelming deadly force if an officer feels threatened for less than a second. These facts also point to a need for civilian oversight.

KURT LANDGON

Sebastopol

<b>Stirring the pot</b>

EDITOR: The reason not to print that letter is because that position is not part of the public debate about the tragedy ("Why we printed that Andy Lopez letter — you know the one," Paul Gullixson, Saturday). In following this debate, there is no side that doesn't agree that this was a tragedy. What the Lopezes do for a living is of no concern to anyone and has no place in this discussion. Perhaps in an effort to stir up a pot and make your paper more interesting, you insulted Andy Lopez's family and all of us who live in a place where this can possibly happen.

RICHARD ROBINSON

Sebastopol

<b>A place for Jews</b>

EDITOR: It is one thing to acknowledge Kristallnacht and quite another to learn from it ("Kristallnacht lessons," Letters, Monday). In order to survive as a people, Jews need a place of refuge, a haven from their loss of as much as 50 million of them in 2,000 years, recently from the Nazis and their ilk and now from Palestinians and Arabs whose representative organization have pledged themselves to the elimination of Israel and its people.

Hamas, Hezbollah and the PLO — all among the Palestinian leaders — remain so determined. Arab countries affirmed their own like aim as illustrated by their wars against Israel. Add in bombings of Israeli children's school buses, bombings of pizza restaurants, raining rockets on Israeli towns and shootings of Israeli citizens in supplementing the wars by Arab states.

While asking for a separate Palestinian state, they insist on not recognizing Israel's right to exist. The Palestinian people are not victims of the Israelis; they are victims of the Arab insistence on destroying Israel.

ART DOLIN

Rohnert Park

<b>Safe zones</b>

EDITOR: With all the accidents in our crosswalks, I have to address the attitude that so many people seem to have regarding same. A marked crosswalk is not a safe zone for pedestrians but an area where pedestrians and automobiles mix.

Forget what the driving laws say. When in this area, assume a driver is going to do something stupid, like run you over. You are not safe until the car comes to a stop. Always assume it will not.

I am appalled at pedestrians, young and old alike, who use crosswalks as if they are shielded from harm, not even looking at any approaching cars.

And I'm not happy about the new Sebastopol crosswalks with flashing deck lights, asphalt colors and textures plus old-fashioned street lamps or flashers with lots of swell landscaping, which, by the way, obscures any pedestrian who is waiting to proceed out onto the no man's land. This is a case of making something so safe it is dangerous.

LAMONT LANGWORTHY

Graton