EDITOR: Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas can’t find qualified people to fill vacant positions at nearly $70,000 a year to start and 3 percent at 50 retirement (“Sheriff airs grievances over deputy pay,” Wednesday)? Really? Doesn’t Santa Rosa Junior College have a law enforcement program? Isn’t there a police academy?
OK, the sheriff wants a salary increase for his people. Give it to him, but only if it comes out of overtime dollars. Since overtime is paid at time-and-a-half, he should be able to get nearly 1½ new straight-time hours for each hour less of overtime, even with a modest pay increase for all deputies.
This overtime scam has got to stop. Maybe then we could fill a few potholes.
EDITOR: I have been told that it is dangerous to leave the windows down this time of year — someone may deposit their surplus zucchini in your car. I have a better suggestion: Call FISH (Friends In Service Here) at 527-5151, or visit at 2900 McBride Lane in Santa Rosa. Or call the Redwood Empire Food Bank at 523-7900, or visit at 3320 Industrial Drive.
Both gladly accept volunteers. When you see what a great job these people do, you may want to be part of it. Anyway, think about sharing your surplus in a positive way.
United Methodist Women Santa Rosa
EDITOR: Why are so many “may” and “could” articles on the front page? Especially those articles that are opinions that are unsubstantiated with any statically proven facts. No names of the individuals with credentials who are putting their futures on the line, individuals who provide only important facts not just opinions for may and could articles.
As an example, the processed meat article (“Processed meat linked to cancer,” Tuesday) didn’t provide any facts, only opinions. The last line implies that the article may be fiction, and it is on the front page.
From the facts presented in the article, one person in 205,000 of the earth’s population may get cancer from eating processed meat. With a circulation of 54,000, it would then be very possible that no reader of this paper would get cancer from eating processed meat.
These kinds of articles belong on the editorial pages along with other opinion-only pieces.
EDITOR: What a gut punch to read the story of Gus, the severely abused and neglected English bulldog (“$5,000 reward offered for tips on abused dog,” Oct. 24).
Sadly, we can’t help Gus, and we hope the responsible party is found and brought to swift justice.
Someone knew Gus was being abused and suffering. Please, if you know an animal is being neglected or abused, alert your local shelter or animal welfare group, and ask them to intervene. You can do so anonymously.
For pet owners who aren’t aware of the needs of their pets, which is not uncommon, animal welfare organizations can help with medical care, support and education. In cases where people are heartless and their treatment of an animal is a crime, getting animal control involved to remove the animal is timely and essential.