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Thursday's Letters to the Editor

Police shootings

EDITOR: Another unarmed minority male killed by police gunfire, this time in Missouri. Who is next?

Question: Of all deaths due to gunfire, what percentage of those deaths are due to gunfire by sworn peace officers? I would like to see these statistics county by county, nationwide. Wouldn’t that be interesting? Leave out all the circumstances and how justified; just look at the deaths. We might even find some best practices to study and copy.

Are we allowed to do science related to firearms or is that forbidden by the National Rifle Association?

MARIAN McDONALD

Sebastopol

Thumbs down

EDITOR: I appreciate the thoughtful local commentary that I usually find in The Press Democrat, but I think the editorial “A little too much pampering?” was a misplaced attempt at comedy (“Thumbs up, thumbs down,” Monday). “Lawmakers are just teething about this” … “this one may leave a rash with voters”… “swaddled in revenue requests” … Really? This isn’t the Colbert Report. Low-income parents who can’t afford diapers. Nothing funny about that.

BETH BERK

Santa Rosa


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