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<b>Voter disconnect</b>

EDITOR: It's election season and I, like many Santa Rosans, have been inundated with robocalls imploring me to vote for or against this or that candidate for City Council. Frankly, I am tired of the intrusions and tempted, as a form of protest, not to vote for any candidate in the council election. If candidates think these telephone tactics are effective, I question their judgment. The annoyance factor overrides any desire to pay attention to the message.

JEFF DiCELLO

Santa Rosa

<b>Ballot-box budgeting</b>

EDITOR: Petaluma's Measure X is a classic case of ballot-box budgeting. It raises money for one privileged program without concern for the many competing needs we share as a community. Measure X asks us to approve $12 million in new taxes to fund eight privileged recreation projects while the needs of our roads, seniors, public safety and veterans are ignored.

Not only that, the measure falls short of its promises.

First, there is a $2 million shortfall between the cost of these projects and the money being raised. No source is known to fill that gap.

Second, the measure fails to address ongoing maintenance or operating needs. Contrary to the claims of supporters, the measure includes no maintenance funding, thus ensuring these projects will fall into disrepair even if they were to be built.

Recreation programs are great, no doubt about that. But Measure X is not the answer. It funds only a specially selected list of projects that its supporters have placed above every other need in our community, and it doesn't even fully deliver on its promises. It's time to say no to ballot-box budgeting. Vote no on Measure X.

DAN DRUMMOND

Executive director, Sonoma County Taxpayers Association

<b>Political pandering</b>

EDITOR: Andy Logar's list ("Obama's agenda," Letters, Saturday) of minority special interest groups pandered to by President Barack Obama is truly amazing: "gays, blacks, Hispanics, feminists, women, college students, union members, welfare recipients, the 47 percent and environmentalists." That list must cover a majority of all citizens. He did neglect to mention the one special interest group that Obama refuses to pander to — the hopelessly ignorant and prejudiced.

DAN JENKINS

Santa Rosa

<b>Terror or not?</b>

EDITOR: I find it outrageous that The Press Democrat, along with liberal columnists, is promoting the lie that President Barack Obama immediately referred to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya as "an act of terror" ("Obama rebounds in second debate," Thursday). Moderator Candy Crowley stated this as fact in the debate, then walked it back less than 24 hours later. Your gloating editorial failed to mention this.

Our president refused to label the attack in which four Americans were killed on American soil a terrorist attack for a full two weeks, blaming it instead on an obscure anti-Muslim video that he said spurred a spontaneous protest. Only when a security detail member stated under oath that they immediately knew it was an act of terrorism did the White House scramble to change its story. And yet, just hours after this attack, our president saw fit to fly off to Las Vegas for a campaign fundraiser. I wonder how the families of the dead Americans felt about that?

Obama spun this tall tale because a deadly al-Qaida terrorist attack on his watch would lower his poll numbers, period. He should be ashamed of himself. Sadly, he is not.

SCOTT MICHAELS

Santa Rosa

<b>Fair representation</b>

EDITOR: I was reminded recently of why all Santa Rosa residents should vote yes on Measure Q. That reminder came in the form of a robo-call from a person identifying themselves as a resident of Oakmont and asking for a no vote on Measure Q.

The call reminded me of how, over the years, every politician I have known has said that Oakmont can elect or defeat any candidate for City Council, or pass or kill any city proposition, because of how organized residents are and because they have a 98 percent voter turn-out. That alone is enough for me to support district elections, because no area of Santa Rosa should have exclusive sway over Santa Rosa elections.

The facts are clear — going back over the past several decades, 90-plus percent of council members have been from the east side of Santa Rosa. That means half of Santa Rosa has had no direct representation during most of that time.

Now is the time to bring fairness and equal representation to the process. Now is the time to vote for Measure Q.

LORI ROGERS

Santa Rosa