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Wednesday's Letters to the Editor

Working-people pledge

EDITOR: In Thursday's editorial ("The best pledge: Keep an open mind"), the special interests referred to are working-class people, not corporations or the very wealthy. The Grayson-Takano pledge supports the health care of working people and opposes any increase in the retirement age or reduction of cost-of-living adjustments. This is anything but a virtual bookend of the Norquist pledge.

If the so-called big issues when taken off the table, like "no new taxes," will only result in failure, why has this been such a smashing success for Norquist and the Republicans, all of whom seem to be on board?

The addition of information about Rep. Jared Huffman being one of 49 who haven't signed, along with the reference to Norman Solomon favoring it, indicates to me clear support of Huffman. This editorial also tells me The Press Democrat's position in opposition to the content of the Grayson-Takano Pledge.

I'm wondering if The Press Democrat wrote an editorial criticizing the Norquist pledge at the time it was created.

JIM STOOPS

Sebastopol

Holy Week's focus

EDITOR: Much has been made of the letter that Bishop Robert Vasa initially proposed, then ultimately elected not to be a requirement to be signed by Diocesan teachers. Indeed, this has become quite a topic of conversation locally — as evidenced by the top billing that the story was given in The Press Democrat just last week, relative to the latest development concerning the issue ("Bishop relents on vow for teachers," Friday).

Certainly, it will continue to be a source of much discussion and opinion; very deservedly so. However, during this Holy Week, that which is considered most sacred to not only those of the Catholic faith but to Christians in general, perhaps we can take the time to acknowledge that there is a bigger picture to all of this and, for this week at least, focus our respective and collective time and energy reflecting on that.


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