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Tuesday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Choosing a mayor</b>

EDITOR: I read Sunday's article about the Santa Rosa City Council mayoral position with interest ("In two-way race for may, one big puzzle"). If a change is needed in the traditions of selecting the mayor, now's as good a time as any to start. But if stability and cooperation during this recession are more important, perhaps this isn't the best time to shake things up.

What is it we expect from the mayor in a growing city such as Santa Rosa, anyway? Is this a political position? A leadership position? An administrative position? Is it suited to a mediator who can elicit all viewpoints and work for suitable compromises or better as a rotation that ensures all approaches are used in turn?

There's a conceit that after reading an overview article we in the peanut gallery should develop firm opinions on this subject. But all our council members, not least of all Erin Carlstrom, have access to a wider and deeper pool of knowledge and experience than your average Press Democrat reader. Seek advice, weigh the options, then make the decision you think will be best for Santa Rosa in the long run.

ELLEN SKAGERBERG

Santa Rosa

<b>Government interference</b>

EDITOR: I share the sadness of owner Kevin Lunny and his family over the closure of Drakes Bay Oyster Co. ("Oyster farm closing," Friday). It is not only the 30 employees who will lose their jobs. Other businesses, such as those that sell barbecued oysters at farmers market, will also lose a local source of oysters.

This is a perfect example of government intrusion in our lives and livelihoods. Sonoma Foie Gras, Drakes Bay Oyster Co., what business will be targeted next?

MILLIE WILLIAMS


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