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Letters to the Editor, Oct. 6 - 9

Rumors of the flag's demise at Sonoma Valley High School are greatly exaggerated.

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Flag OK by me

EDITOR: There seems to be a controversy over the American flag going on a class shirt (“Parents Hot Under the Collar Over Flag T-shirt,” Oct. 3). I don’t think that the community is aware that what is being said on social media is causing a dilemma for the high school environment. I am a daughter of two hard working Mexicans and I do not appreciate what parents and students are saying on social media or what our admin claims happened. I am one of many students here at SVHS who comes from an immigrant family and I can assure you I am not the only one with the following opinion: The American flag does not offend us, it is a flag that represents a country full of greater opportunities than the ones left back home. Our administration seems to think that because of recent political events such as DACA, feelings would be hurt if they allowed the American flag on a shirt. The American flag is hung in all the classrooms, the flag is hung in front of the school, and in the school gym. What is the difference between seeing the flag in a classroom as opposed to a class shirt?

I am glad that FFA is being allowed to get their class shirt with the American flag on the back as long as they don’t make it a political stand. FFA screams America in a positive way. There is a diverse set of students in FFA, meaning there are also students with immigrant families in that amazing program. If they do not have a problem wearing the American flag then why is the community assuming otherwise?

I wrote this letter because I want our community to get a better understanding of the situation going on and I wanted the community to hear where some immigrants stand with this. I am speaking on behalf of some my friends and fellow classmates who do not feel comfortable speaking up. I am aware that our principal Kathleen Hawing wrote a letter trying to clear up the situation, however I feel it does not explain the student’s point of view. Thank you for taking your time to read this.

Sujey Gonzalez

Senior at Sonoma Valley High School

And the gun deaths just keep on coming

EDITOR: The U.S. is an exceptional country with the highest number of gun deaths of any industrialized country in the world and nothing is going to change this fact. Events that occurred in Las Vegas will continue to happen no matter what we say or do.

My brother-in-law was one of the victims of the McDonald’s massacre in San Ysidro in 1984, at the time the largest mass shooting in history. More than 1.4 million people have been killed by firearms between 1968 and 2011. Every day 60 to 80 people are murdered by a brother, sister, parent, friend or stranger. As my son says, “Pandora’s Box was opened a long time ago.” Would we do anything differently or think differently if the front page of our papers carried photos of these victims on a daily basis?

Congress has prohibited the Centers for Disease Control from conducting research that advocates in favor of gun control. Any thought that our civic leaders at the highest level had anything but our welfare at heart is the idle illusion of someone with their head in the sky.

Carson Watson

Sonoma

Had enough yet?

EDITOR: Building a wall to make America safer? Forget the wall. Block immigration to keep Muslims out of America? Forget the Muslims. Why be afraid of Muslims or other immigrants when we regularly kill each other in greater numbers than any foreign enemy has ever accomplished in our history as a country. We are so much better at killing ourselves, our neighbors, family members or just passersby than any terrorist group you can name. In fact, so many Americans die annually from gunfire that the death toll between 1968 and 2011 alone eclipses all the wars ever fought by this country and, as witnessed in Las Vegas, we just keep adding on to this slaughter every hour, every day.

$730 million spent annually to care for gunshot victims? Who cares?

Forty-six kids killed or injured by shootings daily? What’s the big deal?

Thirteen people killed or wounded every hour of every day by gunfire in the U.S.? What me worry?

Our Congressional inaction has made it possible for the NRA to accomplish, by default, what every international terrorist group has tried to do: kill as many Americans as possible by arming angry people with as many guns as possible -- then sew the seeds of fear and loathing into the American public and let nature take its course.

In the time it’s taken me to write this letter, another eight people have been killed or wounded by gun violence. Had enough yet?

Stephen Kyle

Sonoma