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Friday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Helping the homeless</b>

EDITOR: With Thanksgiving out of the way, we have sprung into December and are all on autopilot holiday mode. One thing that cannot be ignored as we drive frantically around Sonoma County is the fact that we are seeing more and more people who are less fortunate out on the streets in the cold.

We all want to help out as much as we can, but there is only so much that we can do. Donating money, time and effort to help the less fortunate says a lot about a person's character, but that leaves us wondering how much they are contributing to themselves. I fully agree that we cannot let people be out in the cold to freeze and starve. However, in order for people to be more willing to help, they need to try to get themselves off the streets without relying solely on donations and handouts.

I believe that more people would be more willing to donate to a shelter, charity or soup kitchen rather than individuals on the street.



<b>Seeking solutions</b>

EDITOR: Reading the responses from the community I feel it is safe to say that everyone is shocked and saddened by the death of Andy Lopez. We like to think of Santa Rosa as a small town. But the picture of the police in riot gear stretched out across Brookwood Avenue is indeed scary and very sad.

Maybe this is a time for all of us to reflect. Maybe we are all to blame. How many of us come to work and have people shout obscenities at us? Make rude gestures? Argue some? Act as if they are tough? How many of us may get punched, kicked or worse?

Ask yourself, have I done any of those to a police officer? I believe that if you experience enough of this you can get a little tough toward society.

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