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<b>No more donations</b>

EDITOR: Note to self: Next time you receive a call from one of the many who ask for donations, apologetically say no. No, because the California voters just took all of the money I set aside for charitable contributions.

Kindly suggest they call a voter who supported Proposition 30 and explain that the money their vote took away from charities is not guaranteed to go to schools but instead to a fiscally irresponsible government.

In advance, I'd like to apologize to Meals on Wheels, the Cancer Society, the Humane Society, firefighters, veterans, family members, teachers, Bay Area youth sports, the Junior Giants, etc.

SANDY SHELDON

Santa Rosa

<b>Testing drivers</b>

EDITOR: The focus on the driving privileges and testing of older drivers misses the point. There are many older drivers who should not be driving, and there are also many who are very safe and good drivers. By the same token, there are lots of drivers of all ages who should not be allowed to continue to drive the way they do. Teenagers come to mind, but so do drivers of all ages.

Every driver sees this every day. Think about it: half the drivers on the road are worse than average.

Driving is a privilege, not a right. Driving an automobile assumes a huge personal responsibility. If you wish to maintain a private pilot's license, you have to undergo a physical exam and get tested on your flying skills and knowledge every two years. The easiest way to try to ensure that drivers are competent and familiar with the latest traffic laws is for everyone to be properly tested, say, every five years. This would help to update and improve drivers' skills and remove incompetent drivers.

M.L. JONES

Santa Rosa

<b>Obama's failures</b>

EDITOR: There is no way that the Republicans ran a dishonest, fear-mongering campaign against President Barack Obama. Quite the contrary, the campaign against most Republican candidates was dishonest, fear-mongering and, in the case of Mitt Romney, demeaning of a man of the utmost integrity. Since the president couldn't defend his record of failure, his only option attacking his opponent's character. And attack he did.

Exactly where did Obama fail? Since the media ignored his failures, I'll mention a few:

; No budget during his term.

; Did he follow up on his promise to have the most transparent administration ever? No.

; Did he make an effort to work with the Republicans to get bills passed? No.

; Was Obamacare passed by a bipartisan vote? No.

; Did he lower the deficit? No.

; Did he offer incentives to the private sector so businesses could hire more people? No.

; In what ways has he adhered to his promise to defend our Constitution?

Finally, how about his failure to explain his administration's actions regarding the killing of our ambassador and three other patriots in the 9/11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya?

We now get four more years of his administration to change our country from the most powerful country in the world to one laughed at by our enemies.

MARY LOGASA

Sonoma

<b>Nurses' value</b>

EDITOR: In the emergency room or a hospital room, the nurses caring for you are worth their weight in gold. They are strong, capable professionals who perform their vital tasks in a generally good-humored manner.

They are often not thanked, may work long hours and are usually underpaid for sometimes difficult, frustrating work. They must undergo continuing education and certification to maintain their professional standing. Daily, they leave their homes and families to serve their hospital's needs.

They deserve to be provided with adequate staffing, benefits and compensation by Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for being at your side, regardless of the weather, the hour or their feelings.

JEAN L. McWHORTER

Santa Rosa

<b>Doing what's best</b>

EDITOR: Thank you to all who supported our congressional campaign. We appreciate and are very grateful for your support. Congratulations to Rep. Mike Thompson and to all those who won their respective elections. There is much work to be done in Washington to put our country's fiscal house in order. I trust he will do his best to work with the majority in Congress to do what is best for our future. My best wishes to all who won, and may God continue to bless America.

RANDY LOFTIN

Napa