End the conflict
EDITOR: There are some terrible parallels between what’s happening now in Gaza and what happened in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. Then, the Jewish population was penned into a small ghetto, deprived of basic necessities and targeted for extermination. Some Jews fought back though they had virtually no weapons. They also had nothing to lose. The German military, with overwhelming force, eventually destroyed the ghetto, bombing it into rubble.
I don’t believe Israel is trying to exterminate the Palestinians, but I do think they want them to go away and allow Israelis to take possession of land that many Jews see as theirs, basing their claims on biblical times. Palestinians, having lived there for a very long time, do not agree.
The often tragic history of the Jews, including the Holocaust, leads me to compassion, but it’s not justification for their becoming brutal in turn. Palestinians have been backed into a corner and are desperate. Jews, of all people, should understand.
All parties must meet and negotiate a viable peace. It’s time to put the weapons down, and let this sad land weep.
EDITOR: In response to Mitt Romney's excuse for losing the election: He says President Barack Obama won by giving “extraordinary” gifts to supporters. What do you call it when you receive hundreds of millions of dollars from your rich donors? I call it “extraordinary” gifts.
DENNIS A. UDALL
Record salmon run
EDITOR: It was good to see in Friday’s paper that there is a record run of salmon in the Russian River — “an indication of rich ocean conditions necessary for those fish to survive, fisheries biologists said” (“Record salmon run in river”).
Entrenched assumptions about freshwater habitat being the limiting factor for salmon levels will take a long time to die. But the evidence that ocean conditions are the limiting factor has been there for a long time. We did all the “wrong things” for freshwater salmon habitat and created the “wrong conditions” for more than 100 years, yet we had large salmon populations. And when the salmon populations crashed in 1977, it happened across the board — for salmon spawning in heavily human-impacted environments as well as in parks.