<b>Benson's bubble</b>

EDITOR: Lisa Benson has done it again. Her cartoon showing proposed Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen in a bubble, denying the bubble's existence, would be so wonderfully ironic and true, if only Benson had drawn herself in Yellen's place. Her willful naivete can be astounding. Benson's previous cartoon of a snowbound bus labeled "Church of Global Warming" perfectly illustrated her ability to look in the mirror and think that the fool she's seeing is someone else.



<b>Recall Carrillo</b>

EDITOR: I attended the community forum on Supervisor Efren Carrillo in Monte Rio and quietly listened to everyone's comments ("In meeting, Carrillo foes repeat ouster calls," Thursday). Yes, most of the speakers weren't happy with Carrillo's late-night rambles in his underwear, although his supporters found that it was OK and said we should give him a pass on this offense.

Now I am ashamed of myself for not speaking out, and, in fact, I am amazed to find most of the attendees so calm-headed about this, Carrillo's second arrest in less than a year.

Where is the sense of outrage we should have all expressed? His supporters might wish him well, but they should find this behavior unacceptable. Should this man represent us in the west county? No. In fact he doesn't. He supports any big money project that is willing to finance his next campaign.

If we act like sheep, we will be led like sheep. Wake up friends and neighbors, and let us get a better person for this important office. A recall takes a lot of effort and money, but we should all rise to the occasion and put our efforts into it.



<b>Compassion for Carrillo</b>

EDITOR: Efren Carrillo has been an excellent supervisor for our district. We could make a long list of the many constructive actions he has taken to promote environmental and humanitarian causes. He has made two terrible mistakes this past year and has had a real wake-up call. He is now in recovery.

I am writing for those of us who believe in Carrillo and support him continuing to be our supervisor. I am deeply concerned that those who are insisting he resign are vindictive — without compassion or understanding. I imagine he is in a legal situation where he is not allowed to give further reasons or explain what happened. It is not really necessary that we have further explanation. He knows that his actions were serious errors, and he has taken steps to change the causes for his errors. Let's keep him accountable to his recovery.

We have had famous politicians who have made outrageously terrible behavioral mistakes — JFK and Bill Clinton to name two. They continued to give us good leadership.

Let's look into our hearts to find compassion and understanding while holding Carrillo accountable and allowing him to continue to be one of our effective leaders.



<b>Looking for balance</b>

EDITOR: I am surprised and delighted as a Press Democrat subscriber when I read opinions counter to the routinely uber-liberal slant. This is a passionately liberal county, and I celebrate much of that, but I also appreciate thoughtful conservative musings.

I am weary in particular of the blinders-wearing defenders of President Barack Obama. One day I dared wear a shirt that asked, "So how's that hope and change working out for you?" It elicited no conversation, only countless withering looks.

I regret little in life, but I regret voting Obama into the job. I saw his act up close during the New Hampshire primary while living there. I feared he was an ill-prepared lightweight, albeit articulate, and I bristled at his arrogance. I believe my first impressions have borne out.

Please, folks, let's talk, celebrate open minds and challenge foolish consistency, that hobgoblin of little minds.


Santa Rosa

<b>Service animals</b>

EDITOR: In my opinion, if you are going to use a service animal on an airplane, it should only be used for verified diseases and disabilities. As the article ("Furry emotional support draws ire on airplanes," Nov. 17) mentioned, a psychotherapist opened a website selling "emotional support certification," passes that certify your animal for one year, at the cost of $100. This can cause problems because people who have questionable certifications take up space and supplies needed for those who actually need their animals.

There is a common question in the article, "If you have your dog, why can't I have mine?" The real question should be, "I have my disability, where's yours?"