Reason to reflect
EDITOR: Thank you for the glorious and awe-inspiring story of Kristy and Madelyn Mackey ("One family, thankful for two lives," Thursday). Their picture and their tale on the front page of your Thanksgiving Day issue radiated a brilliant light into the rest of my day.
I'm glad that such a courageous and happy family lives in Santa Rosa and I wish them all the best in the years to come. Reporter Brett Wilkison certainly gave all of your readers a gift with this story and reasons to pause and reflect.
JOHN F. BRIBIESCAS
Monument to excesses
EDITOR: In the past month or so, I have read no fewer than three PD articles or letters on the subject of disallowing proposed commercial development in Santa Rosa. One was on the relocation of an existing used car dealership, another the expansion of an existing rock quarry, and the third was the proposed development of a gas station/mini-mart. All voiced the same concern about bicycle safety, or lack thereof, resulting from these businesses.
With that said, I have two questions. First, when we're all done catering to the bicycle community, and the economy crashes due to a hostile business climate that favors the utopian ideology of yet another special interest, will there be any local jobs close enough for bicyclists to pedal to, and will Santa Rosa's $20-plus million bicycle "bridge to nowhere" over Highway 101 become just that; a monument to the excesses of a political fringe group that has become too powerful and too loose with the taxpayer's dime?
J. SCOTT FINN
Troubled by debate
EDITOR: As a religious Jew, I am embarrassed by the personal attacks some leaders of the Jewish community have launched against Therese Mughannam-Walrath ("Kristallnacht lessons," letter, Nov. 18).
She is a survivor of the 1948 Nakba — or catastrophe — that left 750,000 Palestinian homeless or dead. They were living in cities and villages that the NATO powers "gave" to the Jews when it partitioned the land into Israel and Palestine.