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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.

EMILY WINFIELD

Santa Rosa

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

Napa

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

Santa Rosa

Deflated basketball

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.

Upon learning the Warriors would vote on the visit, Trump rescinded the invitation. I applaud the president. If you have to vote on visiting the people’s house, you shouldn’t be going.

Soon after the president rescinded the Warriors invitation, the Warriors sent out a press release that they were planning to go to the White House, but since they are now not invited will spend the trip to D.C. spreading diversity. That is fine, Warriors, but you are the ones who have been playing politics over the past few months, and you are looking as two-faced as Hillary Clinton is.

T. C. RANDOLPH

Rohnert Park

Reading up on Vietnam

EDITOR: An excellent column by Richard Cohen about the Vietnam War in Sunday’s paper (“Vietnam War a fight between lies, truth”). For those who would like additional information about the disgusting politics driving that war, I suggest reading the incredibly researched and well-written book “Dereliction of Duty” by Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the current national security adviser.

LEIGH MATEAS

Windsor

Presumed guilty

EDITOR: The presumption of innocence appears to have been discarded in the case of Alejandra Hernandez-Ruiz, whose daughters were tragically killed in a vehicle accident in Petaluma in 2016.

The fact that she now sits in jail on vehicular manslaughter charges with $500,000 bail — an unattainable amount to most people — while having no previous criminal record and no indication that this tragic accident was anything other than that — is in itself a punishment, even before there has been a trial or conviction.

Given that Ruiz is now battling cervical cancer and is receiving treatment at UC San Francisco, as reported in The Press Democrat, I hope that the district attorney and the judicial system will recognize that she isn’t a threat to the community and allow her to be free until such time as she is either convicted or acquitted of the charges against her.

ALEX HORVATH

Rohnert Park