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Monday's Letters to the Editor

Pulled over

EDITOR: Unless the rules have changed, we ordinary citizens have been told to pull over and stop when we see flashing lights and hear sirens behind or ahead of us. That's exactly what I did one recent evening at the intersection of Healdsburg Avenue and Lytton Springs Road.

Coming off the freeway was a deputy sheriff who looked directly at me, made a U-turn in front of another car, parked behind me and exited his vehicle with gun drawn. I immediately raised my arms and placed them behind my neck.

His first question was, “Where are you coming from?” He asked if I had any ID. I told him it was in my wallet and to stop pointing his gun at me. After verifying my address and registration, he told me they were looking for a car similar to mine.

I asked him four times to stop pointing his gun at me.

The most telling question was, “Why did you pull over?”

If this is the competency of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, we're really in trouble.

Pray you don't have an encounter with a trigger-happy or nervous cop. I'm, thinking that may have happened to Andy Lopez.



Website woes

EDITOR: Reading Ron Brunswick's offering about the woes of the website that registers folks for Obamacare (“Obamacare problems,” Letters, Nov. 2), it's quite easy to spot a political agenda in his musings. He may convince himself that the access point “points to major concerns with Obamacare,” but recent history shows otherwise, and most IT professionals would roll their eyes in disagreement. A case in point would be the website rollout of Medicare Part D in 2006.

The first six months of that access website was an unmitigated disaster. After the problems were corrected, there seems to be little “concern.” The checkered history of that rollout is in the public record and readily available.

This website is nothing more than a tool to register, view options and make selections. There is nothing in this site that relates in any way to the administration of the law.

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