A new icon
EDITOR: After watching Texas Sen. Rafael “Ted” Cruz's dramatic reading of “Green Eggs and Ham” on the Senate floor during his 21-hour quasi-filibuster, I noted he neither showed us, nor his daughters, the pictures, and yet it is a picture book. However, between his hand and facial gestures and the skill of his voice impressions he didn't have to. I could see the mouse in the house and the fox in the box.
For that performance alone, Cruz needs to be added to the list of great Canadian expatriate actors working in the United States, along with the likes of Raymond Burr (a one-time Sonoma County resident), John Candy, Lorne Greene, Corey Haim, Howie Mandel and William Shatner, all American icons.
EDITOR: Yes, we have man-made global warming. But that is not the real question. The question is, how much global warming is man-made vs. a natural cycle of weather? Since humans have only charted weather for 125 years (so I've read), we cannot say whether it's all human induced or even place a percentage on the ratio. Should we be better stewards of the Earth? Absolutely. Should we break the bank doing it? I don't think so.
LARRY D. JOHNSON
Santa Rosa banking
EDITOR: The Santa Rosa City Council's decision to bank $1.25 million locally, as reported Sept. 25, is utterly infuriating. It's not just that banks everywhere are paying below-inflation interest rates, which means you're paying them to keep your money. That's bad enough. What really rankles, though, is that if you're able to qualify for a loan (a huge if), you'll get it at rates that would formerly be called usurious.
And where is the rest of the city of Santa Rosa's money? Why, with the big banks, of course — the very banks that got us in the mess we're in. I wonder how much interest they're paying. This is sound city fiscal management?