EDITOR: The way I see it, we’ve been tinkering with gun control since 1968 (after the Bobby Kennedy assassination) as a solution to prevent mindless violence. After 44 years, it is obvious gun control is the wrong answer to the problem. Why can’t we be really progressive and find a different solution that actually works?
Allen’s new job
EDITOR: The continuing ability of politicians to feed at the public trough never ceases to amaze me. I read that ex-Assemblyman Michael Allen found a position in state government that, in his words, is perfectly suited for his legal and medical background (“Allen lands new job with state panel,” Jan. 4).
Imagine, landing the perfect spot so soon after not being re-elected and being able to increase your compensation as well. Additionally, the bothersome concern over term limits is eliminated as the role has no set term and continues at the pleasure of the Assembly speaker.
Skeptics might feel that Speaker John Pérez, the person who believed it was not Marc Levine’s time to run for Allen’s seat, might be rewarding his ally with this appointment, but given Allen’s exceptional background for the post, it seems perfectly reasonable that a long job search for the right person by the speaker was not needed.
I know Allen’s time in the state Assembly has prepared him well for the demanding work ahead in the 12 times a year that the board will meet.
EDITOR: Steve Stedman’s letter (“Quixotic Sebastopol,” Sunday) struck a nostalgic chord for me. I grew up in Sebastopol and lived there many years. Sebastopol was a self-sufficient community with a useful and well-supplied commercial component.
During World War II, I remember guarding the water supply in Swain Woods with my dad and other residents. There was a deep feeling of responsibility for the town by everyone I knew.