<b>A new priority?</b>
EDITOR: The election is over. The Senate Republicans are now relieved of their top priority, as was stated in 2010 by the minority leader: "My No. 1 priority is making sure President Obama's a one-term president." So maybe their top priority for 2012 could be doing the work they were elected to do. Please?
EDITOR: I am disappointed in the election. Are we looking at four more years of failed policies or worse?
Obamacare won't be repealed, which means Americans are facing $2,500 to $4,000 in tax increases and doctors leaving private practice.
President Barack Obama bragged about jobs created but failed to inform us most jobs were in the federal government.
If people were unhappy with Congress, why send them back? Will Obama and the Senate continue to hold America hostage and blame Republicans?
I expect the next four years to be worse. Recall, Obama told the Russians to wait until his second term as he will have more flexibility. I see us losing freedoms, paying higher taxes, and America will become a Muslim-controlled nation. Christians will be openly persecuted, and in the end, America will lose.
GREG DE GENNARO
EDITOR: I was relieved and appalled reading about the boat that capsized in Tomales Bay last Sunday ("Four kids, three adults saved after boat flips," Monday).
I'm relieved because seven people are alive today, thanks to Sonoma County sheriff's deputies, the Coast Guard, Marin County firefighters and Point Reyes National Seashore rangers. I am sure others were involved in the rescue. I am appalled that three adults endangered the lives of the children by not having all on the boat wear life jackets.
I hope someone throws the book at the the adults because they not only placed themselves in danger but also the many rescuers who had to go into the water after them.
EDITOR: Hurricane Sandy has reminded me of the danger climate change poses. It's time our society takes progressive action to curb the negative impact our practices have on the environment. Today, widespread clear-cutting exists in California, expediting climate change.
Mature forests store large amounts of carbon. Clear-cutting releases 50 percent of this carbon into the atmosphere, intensifying global warming. The timber industry claims to offset the carbon issue by replanting clear-cut areas with forest plantations. These trees, however, will not absorb a comparable amount of carbon for at least 20 years.
The effects of clear-cutting and climate change also endanger California's water supply. Forests provide 75 percent of the state's water. Our climate's rising temperature causes the snowpack of the Sierra to shrink, melting earlier in the spring. Where forests have been clear-cut, the land grows hotter and drier, storing less snow during the winter, creating summer water shortages. Our mountains no longer fulfill their natural role of storing water from snow that may be used later in the season when needed.
Clear-cutting is a destructive practice that is inappropriate in this era of climate change. It's time that California ban it to halt the severe and dangerous threats it poses on our planet and its people.
<b>Who killed Prop. 37?</b>