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Misleading cartoon

EDITOR: The Press Democrat publishes Lisa Benson's political cartoons with some regularity. My conclusion is her work ignores fact-based opinion in place of depictions slanted toward protection of the status quo and the interests of the one-percent. Look at Friday's cartoon as an example — a banker possibly stranded on his tax-haven tropic isle is not being rescued in the Stockton bankruptcy case by fat union members.

What relevant facts has Benson ignored?

How about the bond industry itself? Agents for Wall Street financial institutions were convicted in New York federal court in June 2012 of violating federal antitrust laws. The case showed that in the past decade virtually every major bank and finance company on Wall Street perpetrated a scheme to skim billions of dollars from cities and small towns across America. The banks colluded to rig the bids on municipal bonds. By conspiring to lower the interest rates that towns earned on these investments, the banks systematically stole from schools, hospitals, libraries and nursing homes across the United States.

It's the same story — bail out the bankers when they foul their own nest.

Benson is irresponsible in her work. The editors of The Press Democrat are complicit when they should have known better. Local ownership of the paper must show integrity.

BILL ROBERTSON

Windsor

Nature compromised

EDITOR: I have no dog in the fight over the Willits bypass, but I do consider myself an environmentalist. I was shocked by the tone of Margie Handley's letter ("Willits needs bypass," April 3) stating that if this bypass is approved "the birds will fly to the next tree, the frogs will hop to the next pond and, 10 years from now, life will go on and most won't notice that anything unusual has happened."

The environmental movement has compromised and been compromised at every turn for decades, and the result is that habitat continues to be lost and our quality of life continues to suffer.

Handley has revealed her lack of understanding and lack of concern for the environment. The wildlife affected by this project will be lost, and I might ask Handley what our solution will be when we come to the last tree and the last pond.

Maybe I do have a dog in this fight after all.

CHRIS KUHN

Santa Rosa

Renewable issue

EDITOR: It is always curious when the corporate media prints an article critical of a previous study or article that it never published anything about in the first place. In Saturday's paper you ran a commentary on renewable energy ("Let's recognize the limits of renewables"). Did The Press Democrat publish a story about the National Renewable Energy Laboratory study on the great potential of renewable or Amory Lovins' commentary praising it?

The article you published claims California's electricity demand has increased 25 percent over the past 20 years, which is false on a per-capita basis. Californians use about 7,000 kilowatt hours per year while the rest of the country uses (wastes) about 13,000. This statistic alone shows that this country could shut down many unnecessary coal and nuclear plants if the rest of the nation was as energy efficient as California.

California itself got along fine recently with both San Onofre and Diablo Canyon nuclear power plants off-line. Predictably, the commentary published by The Press Democrat called for more nuclear power.

BRIAN HINES

Santa Rosa

Open carry illegal

EDITOR: In reference to the letter in Sunday's paper about the diversion carry bag in our ad ("Show off those guns"). First, an AR rifle will not fit in it. Second, it is illegal to allow your firearms to be seen outside your home or the firing range.

Obviously the writer doesn't know the new laws about open carry (for handguns and long guns). To keep ourselves safe and the bad guys from seeing us transport our guns to the range or hunting, it is wiser to not let them know what we are packing into our vehicles.

So, let the truth be known: You don't own or like guns, and no matter what gun owners do, you are unhappy about it. I'm thankful for the First Amendment as well as the Second Amendment to preserve your right to your opinion as well as my right to own guns. Let's live in peace.

KAREN TITONI

Santa Rosa