Wednesday's Letters to the Editor
Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 6:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 6:37 p.m.
EDITOR: When are we going to address the growing problem of aging drivers on the road? The recent crosswalk accident in Sonoma is but one of a bunch of incidents in recent memory (“Driver, 92, denies sidewalk crash,” Oct. 30). Several months back, two elderly women drove into local businesses, claiming car malfunction, though it may have been “pedal confusion.”
I witness daily while walking my children to school older drivers pulling into a crosswalk after we are already there, driving through stop signs and bumping into curbs. Last year, an elderly man drove directly into the side of my vehicle. When I asked him what happened, he said he didn't see me. A friend confided in me that her dad drives daily even though he admits he cannot read road signs and has to rely on large landmarks to navigate.
As a nation, we are living longer, but this doesn't mean we are all in good physical condition in our later years. It is time not only for more stringent testing of older drivers but for families to step in when a loved one shows signs of no longer being safe behind the wheel.
EDITOR: Why do we elect legislators for our state government? To initiate laws and amendments. Why do we have voting for initiatives? So private money can deceive the public with bad law, voted into existence by unwitting voters who are snowed under with lies.
We have elections for a reason: to legislate, not to argue over partisan thises or thats. We “hire” these folks to do their work as lawyers and lawmakers. Leave those duties to them, and we will find the right folks to represent our interests. Keep these initiatives as ideas to be structured in the halls of Sacramento, not TV entertainment or phony newspaper filler.
EDITOR: Veterans Day and the parade in Petaluma are fast approaching. It is again time to honor those who have served, are serving or will serve in the military.
This year's parade will be bigger than last year. Rain or shine, the parade goes on. It's the largest parade on Veterans Day in Northern California. Highlights include three wagons of wounded warriors with the Marin mounted posse, eight Buffalo Soldiers on motorcycles and 26 Corvettes with World War II pilots and models dressed as World War II soldiers. One rider will be an original Rosie the Riveter.
The parade begins at 1 p.m. Sunday. At 3:30 p.m., there will be a symposium on the Korean War at the Veterans Building. And the Petaluma History Museum is presenting an exhibit on the Korean War through Dec.15.
Please come out and support our veterans.
EDITOR: Why are four children on a boat without life jackets, with rough seas, on opening day of sport crab fishing season (“Four kids, three adults saved after boat flips,” Monday)? Could it be that extra crab limits can be taken, as a fishing license is not needed if you are less than 16 years old? Thankfully our safety personnel were able to come to their rescue and no one was hurt.
EDITOR: As much as I love the seasons in Santa Rosa, I have to admit that the days in the winter when it doesn't rain are my least favorite. Why? Most people would be jealous of our beautiful sunny winter climate. I struggle with the legality of burning trash.
I, like countless others, am very sensitive to the health effect. The other evening, while driving, I was gazing at the sunset. It was a spectacular, clear evening, or so I thought. As I ascended on Petaluma Hill road, I noticed drifts of smoke in the sunset caused by burning in areas west of Santa Rosa. This smoke often moves into the basin and gets trapped by the hills.
I understand that Sonoma County is considered a rural area, but at what point do we decide that the health and well-being of its residents is of utmost importance?
Will it be this year or the next? This practice must end, for the sake of the majority.
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