<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.


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.



<b>An exemplary career</b>

EDITOR: Any pilot or student pilot who dealt with the staff at Dragonfly Aviation was a more proficient and happier flier for it ("Dragonfly aviation makes hard final landing," Nov. 26). Bob Archibald is an extraordinary instructor and a true gentleman who took personal interest in everyone who walked in.

Flight training takes enormous communication skills along with a huge range of knowledge. Archibald taught professional pilots, who are crucial to commerce, and recreational pilots, who learn the disciplined thrill of flying those wonderful machines into the sky and landing them safely on the ground.

I share Archibald's regret that the business didn't fly off into the sunset in the way he would have wanted. But any turbulence that he now faces should be understood within the perspective of his exemplary career and the contributions he made in the U.S. Air Force and private aviation. His impact on people's lives won't be forgotten. We were lucky to have him at Sonoma County's airport for as long as we did.



<b>Contempt for listeners</b>

EDITOR: The abrupt disappearance of "Garden Talk" and "The Good Food Hour" from the Saturday morning airwaves had me wondering if something was wrong with my radio preset. So it was good to find an explanation ("KSRO axes cooking, gardening shows," Nov. 20).

I was confused, then shocked to find my longtime radio friends — Steve Garner, Gwen Kilchherr and John Ash — suddenly wiped off the radio map. Joni Mitchell's song, about paving over paradise, popped into my mind: "You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone." Gone is unique, friendly and professional programming that celebrated the bounty of the county with a rare generosity of spirit, useful facts and humor, and which could be depended upon for answers to all kinds of food and gardening questions.

Reportedly the hosts themselves didn't know until the last minute this business decision had been made. Expediency may be the name of the game, but I feel removing beloved radio personalities in this unkind, unilateral way communicates utter disregard, even contempt, for the listener. It leaves a bad taste in the mouth. How can this be considered good business?


Santa Rosa

<b>Local owners</b>

EDITOR: I hope the recent ownership change for The Press Democrat signals the continuation of the excellence of the paper. I am frequently in other cities and buy the local paper, and I am always reminded of my preference for the PD: size, content, puzzles I can sometimes finish, etc. Keep up the good work.


Santa Rosa