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Saturday's Letters to the Editor

Prop. 13 and health

EDITOR: Now that Houston Herczog's trial is over, we need to take action to prevent future tragedies ("SR man insane when he killed his father," May 22).

I knew Mark Herczog, not well, but well enough to know that he was a nice guy. Because of the history of local police killing mentally ill people after being called to intervene in a crisis, he was not willing to call them for help with his son. He may have died because he was afraid to call the police. There are other families with the same fears.

I came to Sonoma State University in 1976 to study psychology and stayed here to work in mental health. I've watched as the cuts caused by Proposition 13 turned an adequate mental health system into no safety net for most patients and their families.

We must rewrite Proposition 13 so that homeowners can be protected, so that the taxes are more fair and so that corporations and large property owners who don't sell their land can be made to pay their share. Then we can raise enough revenue to support the services it takes to have a civilized society.

BARRIE MASON

Santa Rosa

A distinction

EDITOR: In response to Brad Potter's letter ("A terrible mistake," May 30), I offer the following: A homosexual is a person who is romantically attracted to members of the same sex. A pedophile is an adult who is sexually attracted to children. They are not the same thing. His suggestion to the contrary is offensive.

RICHARD A. DURR


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