Doyle Park’s homeless
EDITOR: Doyle Park in Santa Rosa is an inappropriate site for a homeless encampment. The “differently homed” have taken over picnic tables, children’s play equipment, open areas, creeks and embankments every day and night. Most of these folks do not want housing and services.
Taxpaying citizens have lost peacefulness and beauty. I don’t go to a park to see folks pulling up their pants as they come from the creek, yelling with foul language, bathing in drinking fountains, leaving trash.
Park hours are posted: Dawn to dusk. Signs are posted: Overnight camping prohibited. Yet our city has given the OK for these folks to pitch their tents and sleeping bags wherever they choose. The problem: the one bathroom at the west end is locked at night. I’ve smelled the results down by the creek and seen the results of unsupervised dogs. An extreme health hazard. Doyle Park is surrounded by homes and two elementary schools, again making it an inappropriate encampment site.
The city needs to find areas outside of public parks and provide tents, bathrooms, showers, tables and sheltered areas. Use the almost $5,000 paid each month for AT&T’s cellphone tower and find a way to relocate these folks. Don’t allow parks to be living areas.
Mental health coverage
EDITOR: Kudos and gratitude to Staff Writer Martin Espinoza for his comprehensive study of psychiatric issues and treatment dilemmas in Sonoma County. Over four consecutive Sundays, he reported problems concerning a lack of care, whether it be in the community or in the jail population. He studied, interviewed and wrote in a sensitive, fact-driven and empathic manner that hopefully will lead to a publishing award.
We were the subject of the first of the four articles, relaying our tragic story about our son Quoyah Carson Tehee’s mental illness and suicide. It was a gut-wrenching yearlong process to relay our experiences. Our intentions were to communicate how frustrating and difficult it can be for families seeking help for loved ones with mental illness who don’t want to be helped because they don’t know that they are sick.
Our second intention was to open the discussion for families and individuals who struggle with mental illness so they can come out of the closet, so to speak. In Espinoza’s fourth Sunday article, others wrote about their experiences, and our goal was met. We applaud those with their courage.
DENISE BLEUEL and JAMES WARNOCK
Nanny state projects
EDITOR: Thank you to Michael Tuhtan for stating the obvious intent of our elected officials who promoted the SMART train ruse (“A wine and pot train,” Letters, Sept. 22). The wording of his letter reflected my own expressed opinion prior to voting no on SMART. It seems our nanny-led Board of Supervisors knows what is best for their and your interest as exemplified in the push to build more housing. Build it and they will come. The beat goes on.
TIMOTHY G. TOBIN
EDITOR: In the months since winning the NBA Championship, players and coaches of the Golden State Warriors have said they may not visit the White House under President Donald Trump to honor their achievement. Whether it is a basketball, football or baseball champion, going to the White House has been an American tradition for decades.