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<b>Proving Brooks' point</b>

EDITOR: Columnist David Brooks said "income inequality" was the wrong term to use if we wanted to solve the problem of inadequate income and opportunity ("Income inequality debate muddies issue," Sunday). He said that term would simply polarize people and avert attention from solving the difficult issues that were the root cause of the many difficult problems involved in so many people remaining underfunded. John Garn ("The deserving rich," Letters, Tuesday) certainly proved his point.

ROGER DELGADO

Sebastopol

<b>Gang of Three</b>

EDITOR: "It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it" -#8212; Aung San Suu Kyi, 2006.

Three Sonoma county supervisors ( Susan Gorin, Shirlee Zane and Mike McGuire ) voted to require project labor agreements on public construction projects worth more than $10 million. This desperate act will do more damage to the North Bay economy than any recession or natural disaster could ever do.

These individuals have proven their ignorance of prevailing wage laws and the local workforce. They have proven their allegiance to the dark force of union money and influence. They do not care for the non-union worker. Never have so few gained so much at the expense of so many working people.

Unions are now in complete control of the fortunes of our once-shared future. Common sense, efficiency, merit and innovation are all enemies of the union collective.

This Gang of Three has erected a wall that will divide union workers from the majority of union-free workers who once worked side by side, sharing prosperity. This is now lost.

Recall the Gang of Three.

DAVID RODERICK

Hopland

<b>Unwanted children</b>

EDITOR: I fervently pray that Dean Davis ("Forty-one years later," Letters, Monday), while blaming the collapse of the weather on my sins, will continue to conserve water and try to reduce his carbon footprint, all the same.

I also pray that he puts his money and his votes where his mouth is and supports programs that help the women, children and families who might be required to bear unwanted children for whom they have neither the means nor desire to support -#8212; you know, food stamps, free child care, education, medical and mental health care, jobs creation, cheaper adoption, worldwide child labor laws, bigger prisons, etc.

He can pray for understanding and acceptance that women deserve privacy and that any abortion decision is between a woman, her doctor and her God, while promising to not wash his car without a bucket and a hose with a nozzle.

BARBARA CIESLEWICZ

Petaluma

<b>Novato's example</b>

EDITOR: Reading the recent articles about people opposing the Dream Center at the former Warrack Hospital reminded me of a similar situation we faced in Marin County years ago.

I was a member of the Marin Commission of the Homeless, and we wanted to build a homeless shelter in Novato at Hamilton Field. I soon discovered the meaning of NIMBY -#8212; not in my backyard. Residents were concerned with the negative impacts and the crime it would bring to the area. We built the New Beginnings shelter, and it proved the concerns to be unfounded and baseless. Many of the same neighbors are now volunteering at the shelter and cannot say enough good things about the program.

It is said that the quality of life in any given community can be measured by the way that community treats its poor, elderly, homeless and those in need of some special concern or compassion. I know the Dream Center is a wonderful opportunity for us to help young people, and thank goodness for us living in such a fine community.

DON NOWACKI

Santa Rosa