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Friday's Letters to the Editor

A day late

EDITOR: As far as wise and reasonable content decisions go, The Press Democrat has never been a stellar example. But I was truly offended by your choice not to recognize Sept. 11, 2001 on the 12-year anniversary, until Page B7 in an op-ed.

Syria, of course, should be front-and-center coverage. But when a debate over a plastic bag ban and a story about Lee Harvey Oswald's landlord, while fascinating, take priority over honoring our country's most horrendous event, it's appalling.

And then, to run a front-page article featuring 9/11 on 9/12 feels like a slap in the face. Wow, how sad and unfortunate, even for you.

HEIDI ARGUE

Santa Rosa

A public purpose

EDITOR: I have yet another perspective on the Ruth Asawa fountain in Old Courthouse Square. I was principal of Burbank School when the fountain was conceived and created, and Asawa selected us to be involved in the project.

Asawa often involved students in the making of art. She, her son and artist Nancy Thompson worked with the staff and students to help them understand public art and the creative process. All students learned about the sea life of the Sonoma Coast, about creating clay-do figures, about how public art gets approved and installed.

The three artists worked with students and teachers, providing a community purpose to our school year. I remember taking the third- through sixth-grade students to San Francisco to see Asawa's work. She hosted the students at her Noe Valley home to see her studio and talked with them about the life of an artist.

I am not an authority on what constitutes great art. I do know for one year Asawa gave inspiration to students and a hardworking group of teachers and staff. That was art with a public purpose.

WALLACE A. TRUJILLO

Rohnert Park

Political scandals

EDITOR: Eliot Spitzer. Anthony Weiner. Efren Carrillo. Two down. One to go.

ALLEN GIRION

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