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Friday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Three for Petaluma</b>

EDITOR: As a longtime resident of Petaluma (46 years), I find it almost unbelievable that the citizens of this community would even consider voting for Tiffany Renee, Jason Davies and Alicia Herries for City Council unless they want to set this city back 50 years.

I have watched this city digress because of the actions of council members who claim to have the city's best interests at heart. Look at our streets and the amount of business diverted to Rohnert Park and Santa Rosa because of the lack of places to shop. The next thing you know, we'll be riding around in covered wagons and stage coaches.

Right now, we have nothing but bars, churches, banks, restaurants and antique shops. I ask, does this make a community or city? I think not, when you have to leave town to buy a piece of lumber or other building supplies.

I hope I have struck a nervr and that true Petalumans will cast their votes for Mike Healy, Kathy Miller and Gabe Kearney and show California what the real Petaluma is all about: a place for our children to want to come back and live and raise their children.

RICHARD W. SHARKE

Petaluma

<b>Free speech</b>

EDITOR: It is perhaps ironic that the recent violent anti-American demonstrations in the Middle East and Central Asia led to the death of some of the demonstrators as they vociferously exercised their freedom of speech. But in a larger sense they were fulfilling a noble principle, often misattributed to Voltaire, embodied in the statement: "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." Thus we should be proud of those impassioned and now deceased rioters who religiously defended our American freedom of speech but disapproved of what we said.

MICHAEL F. HEIMAN


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