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Thursday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Un-American tactics</b>

EDITOR: Schoolyard bullies often try to justify their aggression by blaming their victims. They continue to threaten others until adults in the school recognize and take the action needed to put an end to such bullying. Today, we are witnessing similar bullying tactics being used by extreme right-wing tea party politicians in their efforts to prevent the extension of basic health care to millions of Americans. They are threatening our entire nation by saying, "You'll give us want we want, or else . . ."

Comparisons to bullying and extortion don't adequately describe their tactics and the danger they pose to our country. Our American system of government is based on laws passed by majorities of duly elected representatives in both the House and the Senate, signed by the president and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. When a minority political group, financed by billionaires, attempts to undermine this process to impose its views on the rest of us by shutting down our government and damaging our economy, we need to call these un-patriotic strategies what they really are — fundamentally un-American.

ROBERT DAHLSTET

Santa Rosa

<b>Yet another tasting</b>

EDITOR: About 20 years ago, I started having an annual Sonoma County Harvest Fair party, inviting friends and family from out of town. At the fair, there was something for everyone. Those with children were as happy as the wine drinkers. We loved the haunted house, the petting zoo, the pumpkin contest, apple tasting, the llama parade, the quirky acts — Dan the Paddle Ball Man, Karen Quest and her Cowgirl Tricks — and so much more.

Sadly, I've had to contact my guests and tell them not to come this year. There is no Harvest Fair. It's now just another wine tasting, at $50 a head.

I'm surprised at how many local friends had no idea of the change. Where was the public input? Couldn't we have tried alternatives, such as asking a higher price at the gate, before just scrapping it?

Another community event has quietly slipped away to be replaced with an adults-only wine affair. Is this all we're about in Sonoma County?


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