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Modern fatherhood

EDITOR: Peter Golis' column on fathers ("Dads in this time and place," Sunday) was beautiful, as it delved into the differences in fatherhood and fathers' relationship to their kids. Yes, it certainly has changed.

I've watched three of my grandsons as they have dealt with fatherhood as single parents, becoming much more involved, compared to their fathers or grandfathers.

I would be with them, and instead of discussing their dates, sports, hunting or fishing or work, they would be essaying on sleep time, juggling formula and baby-sitting when they work and the astounding achievements of their ever-changing offspring. All three of them have seemed to mature faster and are still very involved in their kids' lives, even with more kids in their now-married lives.

Yes, fatherhood has changed dramatically since World War II. Only time will tell, as these changes are drastic compared to fatherhood from all ages past until the changes after the boomers. So thanks for taking on the generational changes of fatherhood.



Police and jay-walking

EDITOR: As the Santa Rosa Police Department stiffens its enforcement on jay-walking ("SR cracks down on jaywalking, unsafe driving," Monday), I hope it addresses the dozens of cops who cross Sonoma Avenue on a daily basis, walking back and forth from their parking lot to the police station rather than walk 50 feet to the corner of Brookwood Avenue to cross at the light. After all, this is, by the city's standards, an unsafe pedestrian violation. The police should abide by the law as the rest of us are expected to.


Santa Rosa

Caring for animals

EDITOR: Many organizations care for homeless pets in Sonoma County — rescues, nonprofit groups, government agencies. Each has its own flavor of animal care.

This is good news for the public. When you want to adopt a pet, you have many choices. But it's not always so good for animals. One shelter or rescue cemter may have the expertise to help an animal become adoptable, but because of some human drama, that connection isn't made, and the animal is euthanized.

Over the years, attempts have been made to organize and corral these groups. Everyone tries, but in the end the partnership/coalition/network falls apart because the people involved lose sight of the greater good — the animals.

But we don't give up easily in Sonoma County. Many alliances have formed, expertise has been exchanged, and, dare we say, some are playing together very nicely. Why? Because without realizing it, we have decided to: "Keep fresh before me the vision of my high resolve."

The fate of animal care and control in Healdsburg is unknown. Who will take the helm at Sonoma County Animal Care and Control? But we know that the community needs us to stand together and care for the animals that cross our collective threshold.

Who's with me?


Board member, Petaluma Animal Services

All wet

EDITOR: I read with interest the article wherein we, the already great unwashed, are being asked to conserve water by some 20 gallons per month ("Water-use challenge," June 5).

I think this is just plain wrong. Studies on the Internet clearly show that the best way to stretch our water supply is to build more and more, and then some more. The resultant increase in water consumption by this stratagem will cause more rain to fall, and aquifers will expand by the simple scientific principal known as "mumbo jumbo," which is some foreign language term for "reverse logic made illogically reversed."

And water growth by expansion will be exponentially enhanced by the simple additional strategy of adding more swimming pools per 100 new units.

Think about it. If you don't reduce your water consumption, you might see rationing. And then how will all those new pools and houses get built? At least take comfort in knowing that the wealthy ratepayer can always use more water if you use less. After all, isn't that what really counts?



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