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Demanding change

EDITOR: My daughter attended UC Santa Barbara and lived in the student village of Isla Vista. I was visiting her when, on May 25, 2014, Elliot Roger went on his shooting spree, killing seven students and wounding many more. My daughter is an emotional wreck every time a mass shooting occurs. She is moving to Australia in a month, and I am so happy she will be far away from the National Rifle Association, which rules our country.

A slow movement is starting to ripple in our country now to speak out against guns and the politicians owned by the NRA.

I think we can do more. My wish is for all students, from Sandy Hook’s ages to those in our nation’s universities, to use social media to collectively organize a national school walk-out day to protest guns in our country and the politicians who are afraid to say “no more guns, no more deaths, enough.” Parents, friends and people like myself could join them in a national protest.

We’ve got to get the politicians attention somehow.

KIMBERLY CUSCADEN

Santa Rosa

Trump’s visit

EDITOR: The “so-called” president, who is supposed to represent all of America, has once again proven that isn’t the case. During California’s devastating fires that caused people to lose lives and all their possessions, he couldn’t have cared less. Now that he’s looking into building that ridiculous wall, he not only plans to come to California to work on that, but he plans to leave here with a pocket full of money. Disgusting!

Can you imagine what the cost of that wall could do for people in need? To name a few things, Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps.

How sad that the “so called” president has taken the “united” out of United States of America.

Yes, he thinks he is the best and biggest to be alive. Disgusting!

I have been a proud American for 80 years and will continue to be always. Let us all pull together and drain the swamp.

PAT KEEHN

Santa Rosa

Teach morals

EDITOR: The solution to preventing mass killings, whether done by guns or any other “weapons” (such as trucks, cars, knives, axes, machetes) isn’t to have more controls over these weapons. It is people who turn these items into weapons. It is people who need controls to teach them to be responsible citizens and have self-restraints.

Such “people-control laws” already exist and have existed for centuries. They are called morals, and they teach an inner code of conduct for self-governing. Examples are the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

California teachers are supposed to be teaching morals according to education code section 233.5 (a) and (b). The code, updated in 2016, reads: “Each teacher shall endeavor to impress upon the minds of the pupils the principles of morality, truth, justice, patriotism, and a true comprehension of the rights, duties, and dignity of American citizenship.” Part (b) tells us why: “... in order to prevent acts of hate violence.”

With moral teachings, young people and adults can develop their own inner controls and can be self-governing, as our Founding Fathers intended us to be. Then we don’t need a powerful police state to run our lives. We can remain a free people and a free nation.

ORLEAN KOEHLE

Santa Rosa

Make America safe again

EDITOR: When I was in high school, we protested the war in Vietnam. The protests began with people under 30 years old. The protests grew larger until those in Washington could no longer ignore the issue.

Now, the high schoolers in Florida are leading the protest regarding the lack of sensible gun laws that lawmakers (in their hearts) should know we need. Hopefully, this movement will grow as well until it can’t be ignored.

These young adults are on the right side of this issue. Let’s hope they can influence our people in Washington and every state to pass laws prohibiting the ownership of guns like the one used in Florida. Here’s one for you, Donald Trump — Make America safe again.

KARL REYNOLDS

Santa Rosa

Combating Alzheimer’s

EDITOR: Staff Writer Martin Espinoza’s Feb. 17 article points out that Alzheimer’s disease is now the third leading cause of death in Sonoma County (“Study explores trends in death”). My father, grandfather and uncle died from Alzheimer’s, and losing them was devastating. My father was the most giving and kind person, and he didn’t deserve to lose his motor skills, memories and ability to speak for the 10 years that Alzheimer’s took over his life.

Do you know that 50 percent of Californians with Alzheimer’s never get a diagnosis? Without a diagnosis families could be unaware for years, wasting precious time and money, while the person with the disease starts wandering, cycling in and out of hospitals, until they are unable to participate in planning for their future, getting the appropriate support needed or taking care of the many other things they might have had they known.

The Alzheimer’s Association is asking our state Legislature for $2.2 million to fund the first public education campaign to promote early detection in partnership with the Area Agencies on Aging. Please write or call state Sen. Mike McGuire and Assemblyman Jim Wood and ask them to support this request.

Our families deserve to be educated and made aware of this devastating disease.

MITZI KUWATANI

Sonoma

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