<b>Romney's world</b>

EDITOR: Maureen Dowd's excellent column on Thursday regarding Mitt Romney mentioned that certain intemperate remarks on the part of the candidate occurred at a fundraiser in "Bock Ration, Flu." ("Let them eat crab cake"). I don't think that readers should be too quick to assume this was a typographical or computer auto-correct error. Romney gives every appearance of living in some world other than the United States of America on planet Earth in the 21st century, and there may indeed be a "Bock Ration, Flu." in the alternative universe he inhabits.



<b>Ill-chosen remarks</b>

EDITOR: I am a retired Foreign Service officer. Last week, I lost four colleagues in Libya. I was stunned and furious when I saw Mitt Romney's statements about the so-called "apologies" coming from our embassy in Cairo. When our missions overseas are under attack, the first rule is that Americans stand together; politics ends at the water's edge. Romney's team didn't feel constrained by considerations of what might be in the best interest of the people under attack. They tried to make political capital. Shame on them.

Then, in a tape of Romney addressing wealthy donors, he said that 47 percent of Americans pay no income taxes, depend totally on the government and support President Barack Obama. Those remarks added insult to injury. Because I support Obama, I am a parasite, a leech on society, someone who pays no taxes and takes whatever I can from the government. I pay about 15 percent of my retirement pay in income tax, local taxes and bond assessments for the hospital, sewage and schools — a higher rate than Romney says he pays.

Romney just doesn't get it when he defines the middle class as those making between $200,000 and $250,000 per annum. The median income in the U.S. is around $50,000. Arithmetic, Mr. Romney.



<b>Carrillo's case</b>

EDITOR: The Press Democrat wants to know if anyone "interceded in (Sonoma County Supervisor Efren) Carrillo's case" ("Carrillo details San Diego street fight," Thursday). It is highly unlikely that political strings were pulled, and Carrillo was given a free pass. That would be a career buster for anyone in the San Diego District Attorney's Office who bent to that type of pressure.

Taking so long to give his side of the story is part of who Carrillo is, and he should work on that. We can second guess him all we want to, but the reality is the law is the law, and it looks as if things are working just fine in San Diego.

The real issue is The Press Democrat's assumption that the only way a person of color can protect their constitutional rights is by pulling political favors. Is there something going on here in Sonoma County that we are not aware of?


Santa Rosa

<b>Holder's crimes</b>

EDITOR: I see that Attorney General Eric Holder, not content to purvey hundreds of guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, not content to squelch the attempts of state governments to protect their citizens from foreign invasion in the face of federal nonfeasance and not content to suppress state and local efforts to preserve the integrity of our system of elections, has now added the crime of extortion to his growing list of outrageous contributions to the record of the Obama administration.

The "settlement" that was designed to punish Luther Burbank Savings and Loan for its "failure" to pile up bad debt ("Burbank savings settles suit over loans," Sept. 13) reveals the true origin of the spate of banking failures that indebted the nation to the tune of nearly a trillion dollars and which set in motion our current economic malaise. Had the mortgage business been conducted generally in the responsible manner of Burbank, no bailout would have been required. For its protection of its savers and investors and for its traditional banking integrity, Luther Burbank is being stiffed by the thuggery that has become emblematic of the present regime. Playing the race card merely adds an element of gratuitous libel to an obviously felonious intent.


Santa Rosa