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Friday’s Letters to the Editor

What would TR say?

EDITOR: According to a recent wire service article in The Press Democrat, Russian President Vladimir Putin is putting a nuclear plant in Argentina for peaceful purposes and hopes to build satellite bases and cooperate for the use of “military technology” (“Russia, Argentina make energy deal,” Sunday). Members of Congress are busy planning their vacations, so their views will have to wait. I wonder what Teddy Roosevelt would say?

LARRY GUNDRUM

Santa Rosa

Child endangerment

EDITOR: Reading over all the articles about Andy Lopez, I’m wondering why haven’t the parents been brought up on charges for child endangerment. When a 13-year-old is using marijuana and carrying a gun that looks real, why aren’t they responsible? The police have gone through a lot of training to keep themselves and the community safe. They had no ability to know that this was a 13-year-old child who was smoking marijuana. They only knew that he did not put down the gun when asked to do so. We have had many shootings done by children his age. Police have a very difficult job, and it’s up to us as parents to know what our children are doing.

MAUREEN AARDAHL

Gualala

USDA secrecy

EDITOR: As noted in Tuesday’s paper, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has refused to respond to reports of an intimate relationship between a USDA inspector and a Petaluma slaughterhouse employee (“Answers sought in Rancho closure”). Early this year, federal regulators ordered a nationwide recall of 8.7 million pounds of beef from the Rancho Feeding Corp., and they shut the facility down in February. Although Reps. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, and Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, have called on the USDA to provide answers, the agency is using the cover of “pending investigation” to shroud itself in secrecy.


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