Tribal membership

EDITOR: Thank you, Greg Sarris, for caring about the well-being of your tribe. By protecting the membership of your enrolled members, you will be saving them the grief, shame and hurt that disenrollment has brought to native people ("Tribe defies trend," Friday).

I know. I watched as my husband, daughter, brothers and sisters were disenrolled from Dry Creek Rancheria. No due process, no Indian civil rights act to protect them, only the decision of a five-member board of directors to decide their fate. This practice continues today for many tribes across the country.

Thank you, Graton tribe, for protecting your people. It is the hope of our family that you build a very successful enterprise for your tribe, always put the well-being of your members first, stay united.

Dry Creek and other disenrolling tribes, watch carefully how a tribal enterprise succeeds while maintaining its dignity and commitment to its people.



Show off those guns

EDITOR: For me, the big shock in the March 30 sports section wasn't Ohio State losing to Wichita State, but the ad on Page C3 from a firearms shop on Piner Road for a "Diversion Workout Bag." It only looks like a workout bag, while in fact it's plenty big for all your assault rifle needs. You can appear to be heading to the gym, while in fact you're toting around your big guns and loads of ammo too.

But why the deception? Who needs a bag disguising weapons as dirty gym shorts? If you want to move your assault weapon from place to place, sling that monster over your shoulder for all of us to see. That feels far safer than the diversion this is meant to be.

Come on, all you assault rifle owners, let's see your stuff. Don't be diverting us from what's really in your bag.

Perhaps, when the U.S. Supreme Court is finished with gay marriage, it can find time to refine our understanding of the Second Amendment. It's high time for a reasonable reinterpretation. As with gay marriage, it appears that society has drawn reasonable conclusions way ahead of our timid lawmakers.



Relief needed

EDITOR: I would like to make a few comments concerning the Willits bypass. The current project, along with several alternative routes, went through a lengthy evaluation process with tremendous public interest and input. "Pristine" Little Lake Valley has been cleared, ranched and developed for more than 100 years. During summer, it can take 20 minutes in traffic to go through town, a distance of 2 miles. The congestion does not lend to a healthy, pedestrian friendly downtown environment. Business owners should be able to adapt to change and take advantage of new opportunities.

The project needs to move forward.



Equal treatment

EDITOR: Mike Ford ("Why just two?" Letters, Friday) misses the point of the marriage-equality movement. The issue is not how many people can get married to each other, it is equal rights. If anyone can marry more than one other person, then everyone should be able to marry more than one other person. It's the American way — equal protection under the law.


Santa Rosa

Thoughts on freedom

EDITOR: David Brooks' Thursday column ("A victory for fewer choices, more obligations?") set me to thinking about freedom and obligation. I remember some 60 years ago, when I was in Martha Cross' sixth-grade class at Doyle Park School. She put quotations on the board every morning. One that I have always remembered was this: "My freedom ends where the other fellow's nose begins."

At the same time, I was attending the First Methodist Church on Montgomery Driver. There I learned another quotation from Rev. Shirley T. Sherrill: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

I've tried to live my life by those two quotations, and I've always felt that we would need far fewer laws and regulations if other people would do the same.


Santa Rosa