Ryan hasn't learned
EDITOR: Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan just doesn't get it, even after his Republican Party lost the November election. Speaking at the National Review Institute's conference on the future of conservatism, Ryan insisted that Republicans must reject President Barack Obama's attempts to move the country forward, presumably as a way of accusing him four years from now of not accomplishing anything ("Ryan: GOP must be united against Obama," Jan. 27).
The American people have had quite enough of this oppositional attitude. We want a House and Senate that work with the White House for the country, not against its president. This is a lesson Mitt Romney failed to learn in 2012, and it seems his running mate has not yet learned it as we begin 2013.
EDITOR: It's interesting (and telling) that the female members of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors want parity for our female youthful offenders, while the males, after "agonizing," all voted for fewer classes and less professional, cheaper counselors for females ("Vote delayed on Sierra Center," Wednesday). Discrimination is wrong. Period.
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EDITOR: Thank you for your coverage of the Boy Scouts' potential policy change, which would allow troops to consider ending discrimination based on sexual orientation. While the policy change put forward does not take a strong enough stand against discrimination, as Steven Cozza stated, "I do think it's a start" ("Scouts' shift on gays 'a start,' " Thursday).
It was heartening to read that our local BSA organization has led and influenced this proposed policy shift.
Boy Scouts of America is accepting public input prior to a Feb. 6 board meeting. Please call (972) 580-2330; I did, and it took less than a minute. A representative will ask that you state whether you are for or against the policy, and with that one word, you've made a difference.
EDITOR: So, now we reveal the lack of understanding (ignorance?) of two city councils. Why is it that nobody ever learns from history? Never has a ban or limitation of weapons for the citizens at large resulted in a decrease in criminal usage, except in a total dictatorship.
Add to that the fact that the Second Amendment wasn't placed there for the sake of hunting ducks, rather for the purpose of protecting the citizenry at large from a government gone rogue. It should be obvious for any thinking person that the reason for gun restriction is to make it easier for the government to control its citizens.
I predict that there will be some event in the near future to encourage the imposition of martial law and the suspension of the Constitution, accompanied by a roundup of private weapons. When that happens, the dictatorship will be right behind. Wake up. It can happen here. It is happening here, right now.
EDITOR: Hurrah for the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and Dr. Lynn Silver-Chalfin for doing something positive to help prevent the most common chronic disease in our children: dental decay. For more than 25?years, I've seen how this disease damages teeth. As my colleague Greg Mlynarczyk stated ("Children's dental health," Letters, Jan. 2), community water fluoridation has been studied for more than a half-century, scientifically proven to be safe and cost-effective and successfully implemented in many municipal areas.