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LET THE PUBLIC SPEAK: On Efren Carrillo's arrest

  • Efren Carrillo (PD FILE, 2013)

EDITOR: There can be no doubt that any man found at 4 a.m. roaming his neighborhood in his underwear has lost any sense of normal decency ("Carrillo enters rehab for alcohol abuse," Monday).

There is no reasoning that can excuse this behavior. A public figure has a higher standard of conduct expected of him, but Carrillo has twice now shown a total lack of judgment so strong that he should be suspended from his supervisor's post until he is cleared of this crime (if he is). This second case of being arrested late at night shows a serious lack of judgment that needs to be addressed by him on a full-time basis before he can say he is ready to lead us, the public.

He acts like an immature high school boy and not a responsible man. The fact that several political allies of his are portraying this as just an alcohol problem is very upsetting to me. Makes me wonder about their senses of values, in that they seem to be more concerned about his political position and future than his dismal present situation.

Efren Carrillo In Court

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Hiding him in a treatment facility is fine for a regular citizen, but as a supervisor, he should be available to speak on this issue. I am waiting to hear his explanation.

JOHN LYHNE

Guerneville

Troubling slant

EDITOR: I am disappointed and troubled by The Press Democrat's coverage of the recent arrest of Supervisor Efren Carrillo ("Carrillo enters rehab for alcohol abuse," Monday)

Given that one of the new investors in the newspaper is extensively quoted supporting Carrillo, I would think that the newspaper would make every effort to balance its coverage with sources who believe, as many of Carrillo's constituents do, that this incident is more than an "embarrassment" or something to be miraculously mitigated by treatment for alcoholism.

Yet except for a spokesperson for the Santa Rosa Police Department and the mention of a petition effort, every source cited spun this as not as bad as it sounds. Equally troubling is that they were all men. Not a single woman was quoted as a source.

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