EDITOR: I am really surprised by the lack of support for our local college, Sonoma State University. Rohnert Park isn't your average college town with rallies and lots of college spirit. In fact, unless you were specifically looking for Sonoma State, you could easily drive through town without even knowing it existed. You rarely see anyone wearing SSU gear, and you cannot buy it anywhere in town (except on campus).
Perhaps if there were more events for the locals hosted there, more support from local companies, more local press, more sporting events publicized. I imagine that Rohnert Park will soon be known for the casino, rather than the world-class university we have right in town.
Sonoma State should be a university that you aspire to be accepted by, not something that is hidden away from the public. Go Seawolves.
A flat tax
EDITOR: When I was growing up during the Cold War, President John F. Kennedy said we would beat Russia to the moon, and we did. For most of my life, our nation tried to beat Russia at everything. Well, it is time to bring back at least one goal. We should beat Russia by implementing a flat tax at 12 percent. If the Russians can do it at 13 percent, then the United States can and should do it at 12 percent.
The French want to raise their highest marginal tax rate to 75 percent. At least one French citizen applied for and received Russian citizenship (“Depardieu, facing French tax hike, gets Russian citizenship,” Friday). It seems we are heading in the French direction by taxing the wealthy.
Do we really want our wealthy citizens jumping ship, leaving behind only the poor? I'm not wealthy, but a flat tax rate would be nice.
KEVIN B. PARSONS
Wine and marijuana
EDITOR: The Press Democrat recently reported that a major wine company intends to deforest 280 acres of Mendocino County wildlands for vineyards. A few days later, the paper chronicled the environmental damage caused by North Coast marijuana growers. I couldn't help but comment on the irony.