Have and have-nots
EDITOR: After reading David Brooks' Jan. 19 column (“Income inequality debate muddies issue”), I was left with the impression that, in his view, the widening gap between haves and have-nots will continue (it better not) due to our failure to truly understand what causes it.
To back his claim, he cites the conclusions of a couple of college professors. So what? Brooks knows very well that in the blessed American educational system, no matter the issue, contrary views are the rule. What should be troublesome to us all (it certainly was to no few members of the sociology department in my Cal days) is the destructive outcome the increasing disparity may (will?) bring.
Though born and raised in Spain (thus not unfamiliar with social outbursts), I lived in Southern California when the Watts and Rodney King riots erupted. Both made me hold my breath and hope that nothing unrelated but similar could coincidentally develop in other parts of the country.
My fear then — still alive — was that the issue might turn into a haves vs. have-nots confrontation of national dimensions.
Yet, if in my deathbed I'm proved wrong, I'll smile and depart in comfort.
EDITOR: I don't live in Sonoma County, so I don't have a dog in the Dream Center fight. Nevertheless, I can't help but ponder the situation of the young adult housing program projected for Bennett Valley in Santa Rosa.
Of all the people who support Social Advocates for Youth, I wonder how many actually live in Bennett Valley? I'd bet darn few, if any.
I wouldn't want a huge housing complex for at-risk youth in my neighborhood. Wait and see. Crime will definitely go up in Bennett Valley and, of course, property values will go down.
A pittance, not a success
EDITOR: Sonoma County's self-promoting supplement in Friday's paper featured County Administrator Veronica Ferguson flaunting how well the county was managing its $1.3 billion budget.