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Tuesday's Letters to the Editor

<b>How do we cry?</b>

EDITOR: It's the holiday season, and we are supposed to be enjoying the season of giving with open hearts and family and friends. However, the recent tragedy brings home so personally that life is not easy or safe, even for our precious young. How do we handle the killing of anyone, especially our children? How do we move through this time and remember what this season is all about? Here we are facing another devastating killing of innocents that makes us go numb.

But we can't do that. We must feel something. And to give into all the negative things being said in the incessant media blitz of this horrible act is not the right thing to cave into for so many reasons.

We must give into love and remember whom we love and why we love. Most of all, we must clean up our act as a civilization and produce more love around us — in our families, in our culture, in our media and in our life in general.

How do we cry? Out loud for all to see. We must show our sorrow for what has happened and remember to bring in love.

PAULA PHILLIPS

Healdsburg

<b>Women and sexism</b>

EDITOR: I want to comment on Steven DeLuca's letter ("Distorted views," Dec. 21). He argued that it isn't sexism that's keeping the percentage of women in the U.S. Senate low (compared to the percentage of women in the overall population). He said the reason cannot be sexism because women voters outnumber men.

However, this argument unreasonably assumes that only men hold such views. All of society, men and women, are exposed to traditional stereotypes of gender roles. The reasons for the low percentage of women senators includes sexist stereotypes held by both men and women. Elections based on merit alone cannot take place until society gives up long-held views of gender roles that link to each sex (e.g., males are competitive, while women are emotional).


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