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Friday's Letters to the Editor

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.


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