Lake County recall
EDITOR: A recall election is unsettling for many people. However, a recall is an integral part of our Democratic process.
In the most recent Lake County sheriff's race, every vote that was cast was cast with the hope that improvements would be made. When the current sheriff took over, he was supported in his role, even by people who hadn't supported him during his campaign. Quickly, it became apparent that he was incapable of bringing about the positive changes that we hoped for.
Instead of repairing the county's reputation and progressing forward, he fired employees who have gotten their jobs back. The district attorney placed him on the Brady list due to his dishonesty. The Board of Supervisors gave him a unanimous vote of no confidence. He broke promise after promise to those who supported him. He has created more than $50,000 in legal fees paid for by taxpayers. He has embarrassed Lake County.
A recall election will give us our votes back. It will give us the chance to correct a mistake. It will give us the opportunity to once again be proud to call Lake County home.
BRIAN L. MARTIN
EDITOR: I want to thank Joe Reynoso for providing me with such a sweet, clear and emotionally satisfying explanation to ease my worries about climate change (“Vineyards and climate,” Letters, Wednesday).
As a science writer, I've been following the research on climate change for years. Naturally, I was concerned when article after article predicted just the kind of mega-storms, severe droughts, melting ice, warming oceans and shifting seasons that we've been experiencing. But now I can relax knowing that it's all just a political fashion, a state-sponsored religion, a nasty plot to benefit the government, the politically connected and careerist regulators, tax-lovers and academics. I hadn't understood that all those selfish elitists were scheming to pull the wool over our eyes.