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November 21, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Brooks may just have trouble coping

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I think it is important that people not rush to judgment about former Assemblyman Steven Brooks, who is obviously a troubled man. I am a retired law enforcement officer from California and have seen similar situations, where someone in a position of authority does something foolish.

I have seen a mayor of a large city and a school district superintendent caught shoplifting minor items they could have easily afforded to buy. The obvious commonality in these cases is that these people are unable to cope with the stresses of their positions but cannot consciously resign.

They can’t justify to their friends and family that they can’t handle it anymore, so they act out in ways that will assure their termination.

I can’t claim to know what is going on in Mr. Brooks’ head but would guess I’m pretty close here.

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  1. Steven Brooks needs professional medical care and hopefully will get it. District 17 needs an Assembly representative. I hope District 17 will get one. Mr. Leonard Marciano was a qualified and worthy alternative to Mr. Brooks. Putting him in the position is a good start.

    Carmine D

  2. Mr. Brooks if he was not stopped from buying a rifle, ammunition,a ballistic vest,along with night vision googles,in Sparks Nv.on Feb.21,2013 who knows what might have happened.

    We all know you don't buy these types of weapons and equipment to go hunting at night.Clearly he had other motives in mind.

    Hopefully Mr. Brooks can get the help that he needs.And maybe we can find what he had in mind and how to prevent it from happening again.

  3. Yeah, let's not be "judgemental," at least not until after the lunatic goes postal. What a crock! I couldn't care less why Brooks is nuts; just that he is and he is a danger to everyone he comes into contact with. Fortunately, I have never been in his vicinity and pray never to be. Some of you may not be so lucky!

  4. There are millions of mentally ill folks like him roaming the streets and there is no money to care for any of them.

  5. All the more reason for an assault weapon and high capacity ammunition magazine ban.

  6. Candidates for Brooks' position are submitting applications for it. One of the prerequisites is that the candidate must be a Democrat. Mr. Marciano is a Republican and is not eligible.

    Carmine D