<b>Bending the truth</b>
EDITOR: Shame on The Press Democrat for its Oct. 18 editorial ("Did Congress just buy time for a budget deal?") in which you bent the truth with this notion that our government could have defaulted on its debt had the partial shutdown been allowed to continue beyond Oct. 17 without raising the debt ceiling.
The truth is that a default is impossible unless the president takes it upon himself to go against the Constitution and not prioritize the debts.
I can't believe President Barack Obama would intentionally let us default. It would be political suicide.
<b>No place for a gun</b>
EDITOR: This entire Andy Lopez incident is a tragedy, and I feel very bad for his family. But we should not forget that he was carrying a toy gun with the orange tip removed, and he was asked to stop and drop the gun and did not. I feel even more empathy for the poor deputy (now outed) as his life will never be the same. There is no place in this country for assault weapons — toys or not. Nothing good ever comes from them.
EDITOR: As a ratepayer in Graton, I was astounded to receive a newsletter from the Graton Community Services District that prominently discussed the candidacy of the two incumbents, including extensive candidate statements, while only stating that there are challengers on Tuesday's ballot who refused to submit a statement.
This outrageous politicizing, paid for out of my tax bill, truly bears out the findings of the grand jury when it said the current board is out of touch in its relationship with the ratepayers. One board member, John Roehl, failed to even submit a candidate statement on the ballot but had no problem coming up with one when our tax dollars were used to pay for it.
As a former public office holder, I suspect the actions of the board members in sending out their personal promotional material at taxpayer expense is either illegal or, at best, a severe breach of ethics, if not common sense. If there were any doubt on my part as to what should now be done, it vanished with this self-aggrandizing newsletter paid for at my expense.
I urge any sensible voter in the Graton Community Services District to vote for Hollyn d'Lil and Richard Coleman on Tuesday.
EDITOR: It was horrible about the killing of the young boy, and the police should be accountable. It was wrong to walk down the street in this atmosphere of fear with a toy gun. It is wrong to second-guess parents or blame their education. Teens will always want to be independent, so their education has little to do with what their peers do.
But I find it really wrong to say that "everyone has a right" to own a gun ("Second-guessing deputies," Letters, Monday). I find it morally outrageous to think that teaching it is OK to have a gun will benefit the community, will keep us safe or prevent harm from coming to us.
If you are in the service, you learn to use a gun, and when you are done with war you put the childish toys away, and learn to use your voice.