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WENDY R. BEHRBAUM

Santa Rosa

Gun march

EDITOR: After the Florida school shooting, I wrote a former colleague at Santa Rosa High School to ask if there was anyone I could contact to help students organize for the upcoming March for Our Lives: any teacher, club, student group. He replied that he hadn’t heard of it. He said the kids seemed fatigued — fire fatigue, gun fatigue, Trump fatigue, absence fatigue. The previous week, after a gun threat at school, attendance had fallen to 50 percent. A sad synopsis.

I realize that teens don’t read letters to the editor in their local newspaper, but maybe you are a parent or grandparent of one. The teens in Florida came to the assumption that if we couldn’t take care of them, they would take care of themselves. They organized this march. So please, search March for Our Lives.

On March 24, we will meet at 10 a.m. in Old Courthouse Square. Kids and families will take to the streets across the nation to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today. Meet me in the square.

JANYCE BODESON

Santa Rosa

Combating TB

EDITOR: As people fill out their March Madness brackets, we’re also approaching a little-known annual milestone: World Tuberculosis Day. The real madness is that we’ve allowed a treatable, curable infection — TB — to become the world’s leading infectious killer.

Why does this curable disease still kill more than 4,000 people every day? Why have we allowed it to remain a major cause and consequence of poverty? It’s because we haven’t made ending it a priority.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Right now, Congress is deciding how much we’ll invest in this fight next year. I hope we can count on our senators and representative to fight for strong U.S. funding to help end this epidemic. Its defeat would be a victory worth celebrating.

STACIE CHARLEBOIS

Sebastopol

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