<b>Padecky will be missed</b>
EDITOR: I mostly don't read the sports section, but I read Bob Padecky ("Game over," Tuesday). I'm not sure how or when this happened, but somehow the subjects he chose to write about, and the way he wrote about them, just pulled me in. There was so much insight, so much wisdom and heart in his writing that I felt richer for the moments I spent reading him, and it didn't even matter that I don't know much about sports.
Unlike some other sports writers whose columns I rarely finish, Padecky never seemed to be writing to show off his superiority at someone else's expense. Instead, his intelligence and craft were revealed by the way he connected with the people he wrote about and how deeply he conveyed their stories.
No more Padecky? What's fair about that?
EDITOR: Zachary Britton ("Explaining justice," Letters, Dec. 28) makes a good point, which I'd like to expand on. Let the community look at who is allowed to have policing powers.
What are the educational requirements? An Internet search reveals a person with a high school diploma can apply for a 20-week course at Santa Rosa Junior College, after which he/she is eligible to work as a police officer. Why is an associate's or four-year degree not required as it is for other professional, public-service oriented jobs? Why is a military background rewarded with extra points toward admission?
What style of training is used? Is it a paramilitary style that instills an us-vs.-them mentality? Does the training need to be demilitarized?