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Saturday's Letters to the Editor

  • Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo walks to talk with his attorney after a brief courtroom appearance, Friday Aug. 30, 2013 at the Sonoma County courthouse in Santa Rosa. (PD FILE, 2013)

Humanitarian aid

EDITOR: I keep hearing “we must do something.” With the ballooning number of refugees fleeing Syria to neighboring countries, especially since the latest sarin attack, why don't we take some action?

I understand Jordan, our ally, is a nation of about 5 million people and is taking on about a million Syrian refugees, many of whom fled with nothing more than the clothes on their back.

Bombing a country should be reserved for countries by whom an attack on us or our allies is imminent or has already happened. Humanitarian aid and diplomacy (however strained) will strengthen our status as the greatest nation on earth.

Let's help the victims instead of provoking the genocidal, morally bankrupt regime of Bashar al-Assad.

DAN LAZZARINI

Rohnert Park

False portrayal

EDITOR: Painting the concerns of Bennett Valley residents seeking complete answers to Social Advocates for Youth's megacenter as being based on ignorance is self-serving and false. There has been a lack of transparency throughout the process that goes beyond the fine-tuned public relations campaign being waged by a private organization and its supporters.

Truly caring professionals who support the mission of youth services, i.e. clinical psychologists, counselors, probation/parole officers and caseworkers, most of whom possess a doctorate or master's degree and combined experience in the hundreds of years, are opposed to the ambitious size and inappropriate siting of this project.

Those who have never delivered services, assisted or supervised an adult population such as this would best inform themselves of both sides before labeling concerns of the opposition as being based on ignorance.

The determination of SAY to site this project at all costs is disturbing, trivializing the cost to the neighborhood. The SAY political/public relations machine would best realize that continuing down this path will certainly result in bitter acrimony, a divisive, negative result for all.

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