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Tuesday's Letters to the Editor

Playing peek-a-boo?

EDITOR: The good-old-boy network and the two-tiered justice system are alive and thriving in Sonoma County. Peeking? How many people have been charged with peeking in the past 10 years? Is peeking illegal? Will we arrest parents who play peek-a-boo with their babies?

The Efren Carrillo camp, with the help of their friends at The Press Democrat, would like us to believe that his transgressions are no more serious than a child's game.

The Board of Supervisors did manage to break the deafening silence it has embraced since Carrillo's return from rehab. “I don't see this as a distraction” Supervisor David Rabbit said (“Carrillo formally charged, but plea is postponed,” Saturday). “. . . This was slightly uphill from nothing, to be honest.”

Two felony arrests, a 3 a.m. underwear romp, a long-term problem with binge drinking, a month in rehab, a possible civil suit and a misdemeanor charge of peeking equals no distraction and adds up to little more than nothing.

Welcome to the new standard for serving on the Board of Supervisors.



Toy gun dangers

EDITOR: A few years ago, my daughter and my 8-year-old granddaughter were kidnapped by a woman toting a realistic toy gun. She held the gun to my granddaughter's head and threatened to shoot her if my daughter didn't give her sufficient cash. My daughter had to drive to three banks to withdraw cash with her little daughter held in the back seat by this drug-crazed woman.

Although the whole incident took only a few hours, the damage to my granddaughter will last a lifetime. Her belief in the basic goodness of people has been taken away. (The woman was later arrested and is serving time for kidnapping and armed robbery.)

No one doubts it is tragic that Andy Lopez was killed by Deputy Erick Gelhaus, but it is my belief that there was no way he could tell that the gun held by Andy was a toy. Sales of realistic toy guns should be prohibited. Toy guns have been used in robberies, and they present a danger to society. My daughter and granddaughter were no less threatened by the toy gun than they would have been by a real one.

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