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Letters to the Editor: 01/15/2013

Letters to the Editor

A First District Thank You

Dear Editor,

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank my dedicated supporters during this last election, both those working closely on the campaign and the voters who agreed with my message.

It was a long and at times difficult journey but one filled with new, rich and rewarding experiences and relationships for which I will always be thankful.

It is rare one has the pleasure of becoming so familiar with a community in such a short period of time. Though a 4th generation Sonoma County resident, never had I ventured into many of the neighborhoods I visited during my campaign.

I consider myself very fortunate to have had the distinct honor and privilege of running for the 1st District seat on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and wish the new Board, my fellow 1st District residents and our entire county, all the best for 2013.

John Sawyer
Santa Rosa

Children's screams, our screams

Dear Editor,

I awoke from sleep when I heard children screaming, as if they were on a rollercoaster ride. I thought I imagined it, and while trying to get back to sleep, I again heard children screaming. It sounded like it was right outside the bedroom window. I realized that is was the screams of the children from Sandy Hook School as some were gunned down, others were running and others hiding in horror.

I noticed that my body was extremely warm, my mouth was dry, I was shaking and could barely breathe. I lay there speechless and helpless to move. I managed to get up, reach the bathroom and throw water over my face and head. For a while, I curled up on the cold tile floor cooling down and worrying that my wife would find me in this panic state.

Fortunately I recovered and the next morning I knew I must do something. I, like many, have read the articles and opinions covering gun control laws, mental health issues, as well as the stationing of security guards, banning violent video games, and the media being criticized for exploitation of all of the above. I was compelled to write my thoughts down for others to read.

My questions are not, what is the answer or who is to blame, but rather will our culture change? By change, I mean evolving; society becoming aware of others' needs; observing; becoming involved; risk taking to attain a safer way of life for all, especially our children. The risk taking will require modifications to our laws, prioritizing of government funding, and incentives for strengthening families. We have to start. We must.

I would ask others to join me in a massive and ongoing demand on our elected leaders to do the right thing - not concern themselves with re-election or listening to lobbyists, like those representing the NRA. They must hear our screams, no longer just form committees and spin issues with mere words, but take action.

Together, let's contact every senator, governor, representative and our president and tell them that we will no longer accept the status quo. I will not, as perhaps you will not, sleep well until children's screams are only screams of joy.

Gregory Goodwin


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