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Wednesday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Risking your life</b>

EDITOR: On two separate occasions Sunday evening while driving north on Santa Rosa Avenue, individuals appeared out of the dark, sauntering across the street, busily chatting with a friend and totally oblivious to the fact that they were not in a crosswalk and, because of their dark clothing, they couldn't be seen until you were almost upon them.

This is the Christmas season. I would like to ask that parents and friends remind one another to use a crosswalk when walking across a busy street, and make sure that you are aware of your surroundings. For if you should be mortally injured while you will be dead, you will have scarred an innocent person for life.

MARYELLEN BIRKLAND

Santa Rosa

<b>Not a zero-sum game</b>

EDITOR: I realize that Robert Wilcox ("The Dream Act — should we support it"?) has a lot of time to gain maturity and insight into how the world works, but he should be aware that life is not a zero-sum game.

In his student editorial on Sunday, he complains about how illegal immigrant children diminish his chances of getting scholarship assistance. If he is an outstanding student, he will get into the college he deserves, and he will get the assistance he needs. The fact that others are also getting an opportunity to go to college and getting assistance for their needs has no bearing on his chances.

When he actually gets into college, he will have an opportunity to succeed or fail on his own merits.

MIA JAMES


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