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Saturday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Israel's callousness</b>

EDITOR: Columnist Richard Cohen wrote that "Israel cares more about sparing innocent lives — including those of Palestinians — than does Hamas" ("The deadly callousness of Hamas," Tuesday). I say that Israel has a strange way of showing it.

Gaza, which is a sacrifice zone filled with seas of pitifully poor people trapped in squalid slums, might as well be likened to the Warsaw Ghetto. All attempts at resistance, however ineffective, are met with the sophisticated weaponry that characterizes modern industrial warfare.

Israel disregards international law to entomb a subject population. Gaza has turned into a sliver of hell, as Israel has defied U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The Israelis have seized 35 percent of the agricultural land in Gaza for a buffer zone, and, I contend, the destruction of Gaza's infrastructure. U.N. sources state that 80 percent of Gazans now rely on food aid, and the seizure of aquifers in many refugee camps, such as Khan Yunis, shows the callousness of Israel more so than Hamas.

DANIEL VROOMAN

Sonoma

<b>Government grows</b>

EDITOR: You have to hand it to the Sonoma County supervisors. They really have their finger on the pulse of public. They found some money in the couch cushions and decided to expand the Human Services Department by 54 workers ("County adding 54 social services jobs," Nov. 18).

No mention was make of county roads that are crumbling into gravel. They don't seem to be concerned with the massive unfunded pension liabilities that are growing at an accelerated rate and that these new employees add to.


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