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Monday’s Letters to the Editor

Freitas’ message

EDITOR: Perhaps Supervisor Shirlee Zane and Professor Francisco H. Vazquez have missed the point. Their Close to Home column (“Return of deputy ‘slap in face,’” Friday) decried a lack of communication from Sheriff Steve Freitas regarding his unilateral decision to return Deputy Erick Gelhaus back to full duty. The facts are just the opposite. Freitas didn’t advise or counsel with them before making this decision because they don’t matter. The same for the good sheriff’s response to The Press Democrat. A simple sound bite that, in effect, tells the press you don’t matter.

Freitas made this decision by himself because he could. The people of Sonoma County, county government or any number of police task force commissions or subcommittees are of little concern to law enforcement. They are considered an impediment and of little consequence. We don’t carry a badge, we don’t carry a sidearm, and we don’t matter.

Freitas did a superb job of communicating.

STEVEN R. ONINES

Cotati

Another casualty

EDITOR: Out of the blue, a $600-a-month rent raise. Beware good, long-term, reliable, fixed-income renters, the owners don’t care about you. It’s all about the almighty dollar.

STAR POWER

Santa Rosa


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