EDITOR: As I pick up the paper this morning and reading the article on Frances Farais, I am shocked that once again a woman from Sonoma County is accused of just helping herself to money that did not belong to her. This is about the sixth woman that has been accused or convicted in this way of which I am aware. There may be more.
What is wrong with these women? Do they just think that if they need money they can just help themselves to money that does not belong to them?
I want to take them and shake them and I hope the court does not allow them to go free with just a little slap on their hand.
As a woman, I am shocked and disappointed in them. We expect this type of behavior from criminals, but I guess the crooks and criminals in our society have a way of disguising themselves as innocent ladies.
EDITOR: I sympathize with Sheri Graves (“Too old for kittens?” Friday letters). I admire the work animal rescue organizations do. Unfortunately, they too often turn away good people for senseless reasons, thus leaving animals without homes.
We applied to adopt a horse from a local rescue. We have owned horses for 30-plus years, are financially stable and able to provide for all our animals’ needs and believe in being an animal’s “forever home.” Our horses live on our property. We personally see and care for them every day. Despite this, we were denied because we do not have a horse trailer so could not take our horses for trail rides, and my daughter, who is shy with strangers, was deemed to not be “enthusiastic enough.” It was heartbreaking and senseless.
I remain a strong supporter of adopting rescue animals. However, I am often disappointed by the stories I hear of denied adoptions for extremely misguided and petty reasons.
EDITOR: I had mixed emotions upon reading about the death, at age 90, of Dr. Marian Diamond. Sadness that UC Berkeley students will never have the chance I had to sit in on her lectures and become excited about the brain’s potential, and happiness that I had the privilege of being taught by her and enjoying her “end of the semester” dinners in her home where she made all of us feel so welcome. What a wonderfully generous woman.
She had a great sense of humor and a passion for imparting knowledge that was remarkable.
She loved teaching, and she loved her students. And during the lonely and stressful time of graduate school, she created a haven for those of us lucky enough to learn from her. She fired my curiosity about medicine, how the brain works, and the creative force of our intelligence.
I will never forget her.
Noise still a problem
EDITOR: This is in response to the editorial: “Oakmont dispute is no longer about fun and games” on July 28. I liked your comment “the new board should move forward with a commitment that all future decisions be made in a collaborative spirit with a premium on transparency.” I hope you’re right that this is possible.