Nation of zombies
EDITOR: It was recently announced that “The Walking Dead” was the most-watched cable TV series in the United States, which is ironically appropriate since the American public, after decades of brain-washing, has become little more than animated corpses who lack conscious awareness of the capitalist winner-take-all political-economic agenda, the corporate-serving global economy or U.S. imperialism.
And then there is the reality of the world-class city of Napa. On a vote of 3-2, the City Council refused to approve a proposed ordinance that would have allowed the sale of medical marijuana within city limits. Because of harsh and irrational drug laws, some 750,000 citizens have been arrested in the U.S. on marijuana charges over the past decade, and cities such as Napa — with numerous drug arrests each day — have become mini-police states.
Meanwhile, the United States continues to claim to be a beacon of freedom for the rest of the world. Wake up, fellow zombies, and reclaim the democratic spirit and principles of Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy. Take back America before it's too late.
A stake in the rules?
EDITOR: The unprecedented string of Spare the Air days made me wonder. Are the directors and advisory council members for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District prohibited from owning stock in PG&E and other energy companies? My issue is not with the notices, but it does seem to me to be a conflict of interest if the members are allowed to profit by these doldrums.
EDITOR: The Windsor School District and other school districts in Sonoma County have been in financial crisis year after year. I was impressed by your article about Matt Stearn, the CEO of iiiTTT (“New, online way to support schools,” Dec. 13). He has developed an online company that will provide funds to our schools from electronic vouchers linked to local businesses. I checked out his website, www.iiiTTT.net, to get the information and instructions for contributing to our schools. What a practical, simple way — a great solution to help kids in schools. As a bonus, merchants get new customers, another boost for our local economy.