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Monday's Letters to the Editor

How many delays?

EDITOR: A person who breaks a window screen while attempting to enter a lady's boudoir, while wearing only undershorts and socks, commits a felonious act, not just a performance of peeking.

This type of behavior comprises a lack of control and immaturity on the part of the doer.

Ten months prior to the alleged burglary, Supervisor Efren Carrillo — a black belt in taekwondo — pummeled a man on the sidewalks of San Diego. That type of wrongful act constitutes a felony.

Charges were dropped. Was it the good old boy connection?

Carrillo's wanton behavior is unpredictable and cannot be blamed on booze alone.

How many more court delays will ensue before a proper sentence is served?



Military rape

EDITOR: Kate Weber was once a soldier. A raped soldier. Now she is a warrior, fighting for the rights and safety of women in our Armed Forces (“RP woman battles military sex crimes,” Nov. 18). My perception of Native American warriors was that they risked their lives to protect the women and children. We now have a military that rapes its own people (26,000 last year). If this isn't cause for self-reflection, I don't know what is.


Rohnert Park

Training for cops

EDITOR: My sympathies go out to the Lopez and Gelhaus families. The shooting of Andy Lopez is tragic. I wonder how much training Deputy Erick Gelhaus had regarding juveniles prior to this event. On average, officers in California get three hours of education in dealing with kids. If the deputies had more training with kids, would Andy still be alive?

One of the most difficult groups to deal with is teenagers. They are defiant and disrespectful to officers. They are the least trusting as well. Our community has a program that teaches future officers, including probation and corrections officers, how to deal with juveniles. “Children in the Justice System” at Santa Rosa Junior College is the only program of its kind on a community college level in the nation. How do we get officers to have more training with juveniles? This program would be a good start.

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