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The pictures on websites and in the paper don’t do justice to their character and nuances. I strongly encourage everyone who lost a pet in the fires to go in person to the various shelters. People are trapping lost cats daily, especially in Coffey Park. All may not be lost. If you don’t have a place to live yourself, we will board them, no cost. They just need to see you.

Also, remember to check your microchip information and update it. Several chipped cats have no current way to contact the owners. Please keep looking.

TERILYNN MITCHELL

Forestville

A mental health issue

EDITOR: I don’t see why the Groper is so upset about North Korea’s nuclear development. After all, the head Republican must know that it isn’t a weapons issue. It’s a mental health issue — two of them.

TOM JACOBS

Santa Rosa

Assessing hazards

EDITOR: We keep hearing the soil is contaminated, the ash is hazardous, and it all needs to be removed several inches down, including ripping out the concrete structures. When are we going to hear what the toxins are, where they are and what caused them?

I wonder whether the houses near the burned areas also are contaminated. The contamination cannot be confined to the property lines of our unfortunate neighbors. The ash fell on many, many more homes than were burned. Do we need to vacuum the entire county? What about the parks where our children play?

I found some info in an Oct. 29 article on the Napa Fires by Adam Rogers from Wired, and it gave some interesting sources of contamination and where they come from, but it raised far more questions in my mind about where the contamination is now after being thrown thousands of feet into the air and raining down on us all, including the wine we will drink.

Did I miss the communication on this? We are counting on The Press Democrat’s investigative abilities to keep us informed.

CHARLES KENNEMORE

Windsor

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