EDITOR: We were appalled by the Mike Luckovich cartoon regarding the pope's retirement that appeared on the editorial page on Thursday. Shame on Luckovich for creating it, and a pox on your house for publishing it.
Publishing such an offensive piece of work calls into question your editorial judgment and sensibilities. Given the new ownership of The Press Democrat, we are hopeful that this is not predictive of future choices on the editorial page.
JIM and BARBARA HABERKORN
Life is not fair
EDITOR: A man spends more than 40 years of his life bringing joy to thousands of parents by trying to redirect their wayward sons back to self respect — with great success (“Hanna Boys Center head resigns,” Thursday).
A lone anonymous accuser says he or she heard, second hand, of “sexual misconduct” by the Rev. John Crews, which occurred over 40 years ago. The victim is now said to be dead.
Crews is no longer a priest, 40 years of hard work gone. His own church refuses to defend him. And his accuser? I can only hope he doesn't get a settlement from the church.
I can't believe this is actually happening.
EDITOR: Your Wednesday editorial (“Fulfilling a promise to Roseland”) was on point except, perhaps, for the lament that “it's a given that tax and other revenues generated from the Roseland area will be less than the cost of providing services to that part of town . . . ”
I'm not sure that is fair. Does any urban development anywhere, especially predominantly residential developments, pay the full cost of providing services?
And shouldn't the economic equation include the contributions Roseland residents and businesses, stores and restaurants have made to the city and county treasuries in terms of property taxes and sales taxes? Plus, consider the revenue the private sector takes in from the 7,000 Roseland residents who spend at Santa Rosa and Sonoma County stores and businesses.