Lake County recall
EDITOR: A recall election is unsettling for many people. However, a recall is an integral part of our Democratic process.
In the most recent Lake County sheriff's race, every vote that was cast was cast with the hope that improvements would be made. When the current sheriff took over, he was supported in his role, even by people who hadn't supported him during his campaign. Quickly, it became apparent that he was incapable of bringing about the positive changes that we hoped for.
Instead of repairing the county's reputation and progressing forward, he fired employees who have gotten their jobs back. The district attorney placed him on the Brady list due to his dishonesty. The Board of Supervisors gave him a unanimous vote of no confidence. He broke promise after promise to those who supported him. He has created more than $50,000 in legal fees paid for by taxpayers. He has embarrassed Lake County.
A recall election will give us our votes back. It will give us the chance to correct a mistake. It will give us the opportunity to once again be proud to call Lake County home.
BRIAN L. MARTIN
EDITOR: I want to thank Joe Reynoso for providing me with such a sweet, clear and emotionally satisfying explanation to ease my worries about climate change ("Vineyards and climate," Letters, Wednesday).
As a science writer, I've been following the research on climate change for years. Naturally, I was concerned when article after article predicted just the kind of mega-storms, severe droughts, melting ice, warming oceans and shifting seasons that we've been experiencing. But now I can relax knowing that it's all just a political fashion, a state-sponsored religion, a nasty plot to benefit the government, the politically connected and careerist regulators, tax-lovers and academics. I hadn't understood that all those selfish elitists were scheming to pull the wool over our eyes.
Thank goodness, Reynoso helped me see the light. Now that I realize that those decades of scientific predictions are no more likely than 432 angels dancing on the head of pin, I can stop worrying. And if some looming global problem actually needs our attention, I'm sure Reynoso will let us know.
Article &‘fit right in'
EDITOR: I'm surprised that The Press Democrat has tried to unfairly malign our little community toxics education newsletter, for our article about the toxic risk of community water fluoridation. ("Sebastopol newsletter roils waters on fluoride," April 5).
Most people I've seen comment on our newsletter article felt that it was factual, useful and completely appropriate for our periodical. The two city officials you quoted also told me they had no issue with it, contrary to how you presented their views.
However, folks who've only read your story might not realize that you unfortunately mischaracterized the nature of our periodical.
The Next STEP is not a generic city of Sebastopol newsletter or a special "bulletin." "STEP" stands for "Sebastopol Toxics Education Program." This newsletter is an innovative city-community collaborative project, implemented by volunteers, to serve the city's goal of helping residents avoid toxics use and exposure. So our fluoridation article fits right in.
Your story really was just based on the atypical complaints of two people — one of whom is clearly partisan, as she previously worked for the Department of Health Services, which is pitching water fluoridation to the supervisors.