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Tuesday's Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: In a letter in Wednesday's paper, Linda Nagel (“Wedge issue”) said “26 states have the same mandate that President Barack Obama was seeking to enforce,” and, hence, there should be no opposition from the right on this latest mandate from the White House.

I think Nagel has unwittingly hit precisely on the issue. Insurance, and the question of insurance mandates, are state issues, not a federal issue. The fact that 26 states have a mandate already in place indicates that 24 states don't agree with such a mandate. With the president's latest move, those states in the minority no longer have a say in the matter.

As Paul Begala said during the Clinton administration, “Stroke of the pen. Law of the land. Kinda cool!”

JOE GAFFNEY

Rohnert Park

Try a toothbrush

EDITOR: Why should I have a toxin such as fluoride added in any amount to my water supply (“The solution: Fluoridate water now,” Editorial, Sunday) when our water already has enough toxic substances in it to concern a citizen who cares about his or her family's health?

Granted fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, but it also is a toxic halide — poisonous to the human body.

Why don't you suggest instead that these children and their parents become acquainted with toothpaste and toothbrushes? There is no way that a child should have such rotten dental health unless they never brush their teeth and eat sugar all day.

JOYCE CORMACK

Santa Rosa

Money needed elsewhere

EDITOR: SMART's recent print and radio advertisements suggest it's anxious about eroding community support. It should be.

Sonoma County residents are increasingly aware of vast public funding shortfalls for Highway 101 widening, county roads, parks, children's programs, schools and libraries — to name just a few.

Yet SMART persists in planning to spend $700 million (I bet it's more) on a train a tiny fraction of Sonoma/Marin county residents will use.

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