Tuesday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Modern-day slavery</b>

EDITOR: This is modern-day slavery ("County teens rescued in sex sting," July 30). The pimps are slave handlers who have broken down the will of the children and teens through extreme emotional, physical and sexual violence. Calling child victims "prostitutes" is not only a misnomer but an assault on reality, and it does not do the victims justice for what they endured.

Kudos to the FBI for making the arrests, but they need to change the language they use to describe the victims. If they want to understand why the children go back, they need to hire more in-house psychologists who specialize in Stockholm syndrome and mind-control techniques because that's what these slave handlers are using.

Study the past to understand the present. Slavery is still alive and well in America. This is a billion-dollar industry that brutalizes children and cannot be confronted if truthful language isn't used. These are child sex slaves not prostitutes.


Santa Rosa

<b>Winery protest</b>

EDITOR: Well, he's at it again. Have we forgotten that Paul Hobbs, "the Steve Jobs of wine," illegally clear-cut 10 acres of ridge-top forestland near Pocket Canyon and then "bought" John Jenkel's property and cut all the old-growth pine trees to put in yet another vineyard on Highway 116? Now he's "shocked" that the riparian corridor was destroyed in his latest project. Gosh.

I am deeply disappointed in our District Attorney's Office for its lack of environmental oversight. I haven't heard of any punitive legal action being meted out for Hobbs' environmental degradations. Where is Ann Gallagher White? She promised environmental activists in 2011 that she'd look into it, regarding Hobbs' clear-cutting episode in Graton, but there was nothing written in The Press Democrat about follow-up. What, if anything, happened to Hobbs?

As long as environmental predators get a mere slap on the wrist instead of jail sentences and heavy duty fines, this rape of the land will continue. It makes me sick. It should make everyone in west county sick. We should be demanding answers. I am.

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