EDITOR: The Press Democrat ended Wednesday's Associated Press article about the presidential campaign with the quote from a Kansas City steelworker ("Romney blasts Obama welfare changes"). This happens to be a very sad situation that is being run as an Obama campaign ad that claims Mitt Romney is not concerned about the death of this man's wife.
At the least, readers needed to be able to read the following paragraph you conveniently left out. Here it is so your subscribers can hear both sides:
"The timeline for Romney's role at Bain, the plant's closing and the woman's death raises questions about the legitimacy of linking the events. Romney left Bain Capital in 1999 to lead preparations for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Although he retained his official standing as Bain's founder and chief executive until 2002, his campaign says he didn't have a managerial role. The plant closed in 2001 and the steelworker's wife died in 2006."
Some readers form opinions based on what they read in the papers, and to exclude this paragraph certainly presents a one-sided, dishonest view of this situation. This campaign is extremely important to decide the fate of the United States, and readers deserve to have an honest presentation to form a true picture of each candidate.
<b>Losing our souls</b>
EDITOR: How much are we willing to pay before we realize we're losing our souls, becoming only commodities to be further manipulated by companies such as Safeway with their "just for you" scams ("Cheaper prices — just for you," Friday)?
Not only do we give up our privacy, but a program that changes prices to entice buyers to buy more is unfair and unjust, not just for you but for anyone who chooses to opt out of this scam.
<b>CVS and traffic</b>
EDITOR: The Press Democrat's editorial supporting Sebastopol's CVS development ("It's past time to approve CVS project," Tuesday) was disappointing.
We are all entitled to our own opinions but not our own facts. The paper may disagree with the vast majority of Sebastopol's residents who oppose the CVS-Chase Bank development at the crossroads — and traffic choke point — of our small city.
But your editorial did a disservice to our community when it alleged that widespread opposition to this project is based on hating CVS and Chase.
I understand that the paper is under-resourced when it comes to analytical reporting. But you ought to at least have reviewed public documents and the suspiciously rigged traffic report (few believe there will be no significant impact except those paid to express this). Or interviewed informed public officials. Such basic responsible journalism would reveal facts far different than the tired corporation-hating stereotype your editorial described.
Sebastopol has a general plan that legislates that development downtown has a small town design. Despite repeated requests by our appointed or elected representatives to make the CVS development conform to that plan, the project remains a suburban-style mall that would be a wall, not an extension, to our downtown. This is why the Sebastopol community overwhelmingly opposes this development.
EDITOR: I am wondering if the reluctance of Mitt Romney to turn over more tax returns is perhaps an attempt to avoid being embarrassed about his not having tithed enough to his church. The Mormon church, as other religious groups do, asks that its members support the church with an amount equal to 10 percent of their income.