Too much hysteria
EDITOR: As I read my friend Scott Swanson's hysterical, somewhat unhinged diatribe against the National Rifle Association (“Necessary steps for reducing gun violence now,” Close to Home, Wednesday), I thought, wow, this is what we don't need.
I have been a member of the NRA for 50 years, and I am confident it is not an evil organization. I have seen many good things it has done, such as gun safety programs, hunter safety for children and wildlife and wildland preservation, to name a few.
NRA members want to keep weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill as badly as any person, while preserving the rights of honest, law-abiding gun owners. It can be done, but we need to cut with the hyperbole and half-truth hysteria that has been in many letters to the editor lately. Let's work together on this and have a calm honest discussion.
EDITOR: A few weeks ago, I listened to our senior senator on one of the Sunday morning news shows saying, in essence, that it is time to deny the civil rights of a minority (and, odd, I thought the Bill of Rights applied to everyone) in order to make the majority feel safer. I'm sure that many in Sonoma County agree with her. I respectfully suggest that she, and they, head east on Interstate 80, then south on Highway 395 and pay a visit to a place called Manzanar. Then come back and tell us just how good it is to trample on the rights of a minority to make the majority feel good. Also tell us how good Executive Order 9066 was for us.
Find CVS compromise
EDITOR: I think it's easy to sit back and let “progress” unfold around you. When citizens take an interest in retaining the beauty of where they live, it's a positive thing.
Companies advertise not only by name recognition but also by building recognition. It's the cookie-cutter building recognition that many people feel destroys a town's identity. A classic example is McDonald's with the golden arches. Wal-Mart is another example. They are a good employer and provide needed goods, but they have no business building a cookie-cutter store on the rim of the Snake River in Idaho, in close proximity to Mayan ruins or on the Gettysburg battlefield.