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Monday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Ruling parties</b>

EDITOR: Vern Henderson ("Single-party rule," Letters, Wednesday) made a valid point about one-party rule leading to tyranny.

Since 2010, the Republican Party has controlled 24 state legislative bodies and governorships. These one-party states have enacted voter-suppression laws that require eight hours waiting in line to vote, anti-abortion laws that force women to submit to vaginal probes and xenophobic show-me-your-papers laws designed to intimidate minorities. They also have engaged in union-busting efforts at the behest of their rich corporate overlords.

Henderson believes that California Democrats will be a downstream tyranny problem and links them to everything but the devil himself. I think he is correct about one-party rule leading to tyranny. However, I strongly suspect that was never the real intent of his letter.

BRUCE HILLARD

Santa Rosa

<b>Unfit for the job</b>

EDITOR: Think about it. Susan Rice for secretary of state, a woman who at a meeting with other government leaders allegedly gave the finger to Richard Holbrooke, a man of demonstrated talents and unquestionable stature. Evidently he said something that annoyed her. One wonders how she would react to a remark from some head of state — Vladimir Putin? Mohammed Morsi? Hugo Chavez? — that annoyed her.

She's not fit for the job.

LAURELL MEREDITH


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