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Monday's Letters to the Editor

Listen to Churchill

EDITOR: During the supervisor campaign, please consider Ken Churchill's ideas for improving county government and finances. He is a serious thinker on the topic and an expert in particular on the way county retiree pensions and benefits do and will affect our local government's ability to continue functioning at the level its residents deserve.

He'll be labeled a single-issue candidate. However, one can argue Sonoma County's success depends heavily on our supervisors' ability to get it right on this issue. Seeing Churchill's numbers on the topic, particularly demonstrating how these costs have accelerated over the past 10-15 years, may convince voters a policy change regarding retiree pension benefits should be considered.

Financial stability will be one of several key requirements in our county government's ability to meet its many and important responsibilities. Despite being politically progressive, local voters may eventually resist county efforts to increase revenue and conclude we should redirect some resources back to the many county programs that benefit the vast majority.

Sonoma County employees appear quite competent and industrious. There must be a way to fairly compensate their hard work and expertise while permitting our supervisors the financial latitude to serve all our needs.



An emergency?

EDITOR: Sitting at a red light, I noticed an officer in his Rohnert Park police truck to my left. His light just turned red, and as my light turned green, I proceeded to go. The officer then turned on his emergency lights and kept driving. I stopped and let him go through the light. He turned in front of me, turned off his lights and kept driving at a normal speed. I followed him, and halfway down the block he casually turned into KFC. Out of curiosity, I turned around, and he was getting food. I'm hearing a lot of stuff officers are doing recently that makes me enjoy annoying them when I can — within the boundaries of the law. Maybe we all should be considerate. Just a thought.

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