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Thursday's Letters to the Editor

Ducking responsibility

EDITOR: Harry Truman said it plain and simple: "The buck stops here!"

Nowadays, accepting accountability comes in a new package. It begins with the requisite: "I accept full responsibility for what happened." That's followed by "but the word never reached my desk. Some senior people reporting to me are the ones that screwed up, and they've been replaced. So let's put all this behind us, and move on."

This was the gist of our secretary of state's latest statement on the Benghazi affair. Her position closely parallels that of the attorney general, who last year similarly denied any awareness of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' mishandling of Operation Fast and Furious, which led to the killing of a U.S. border agent.

For those in power who find ways to deflect their accountability for mistakes or oversights, Truman also offered some sage advice: "If it gets too hot in the kitchen, get out!"

DAVE KILMER

Sonoma

Reason to believe

EDITOR: As a Santa Rosa City Council candidate in the November election, and as an applicant for the Council seat vacancy, I want to congratulate Robin Swinth on her appointment.

Whether you agree with the council's decision or not, the decision has been made. So now, we, as Santa Rosans, have two choices. We can second-guess the council for its decision, criticize her political views and create an environment that sets her up to fail. Or we can be supportive of her willingness to serve the people of Santa Rosa, engage in discussions with her to get to know her and make resources available to help her succeed.


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