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Thursday's Letters to the Editor

<b>A witch hunt</b>

EDITOR: Thank you for Friday's editorial highlighting the Gary Wysocky report ("There in black and white — but mostly black"). The hypocrisy of Santa Rosa Councilman Jake Ours' comment — "Everyone needs to know what's going on here, not just little bits of it" — is incredible in light of the fact that the report was so heavily redacted.

Since the City Council wanted to publish the report, it should have been published in its entirety. This whole affair has been a tempest in a teapot. It should have been resolved quietly, in house, behind closed doors and without the expenditure of tax dollars.

I agree with Councilwoman Julie Combs that this was a witch hunt. Certain council members saw this as an excuse to go after Wysocky. It doesn't pass the smell test. I hate injustice wherever it occurs.

RITA NICHOLAS

Santa Rosa

<b>Child labor</b>

EDITOR: It is inhumane that we have children working on tobacco farms, some as young as 7 who are getting sick from absorbing tobacco through their skin. Working long hours harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves, children aren't being protected.

According to a Human Rights Watch report, U.S. agriculture labor laws allow children to work longer hours at younger ages and in more hazardous conditions in the tobacco industry than in any other industry. This is the U.S.in 2014? Nearly three-quarters of the children interviewed reported vomiting, nausea and headaches while working on tobacco farms. These symptoms are consistent with nicotine poisoning.

Paul Hornback, a Republican Kentucky state senator, said, "People get pretty extreme trying to protect everybody from everything. It hard manual labor, but there's nothing wrong with hard manual labor." Never mind that these are children.


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