<b>Too much spending</b>
EDITOR: Now that we know Rep. Lynn Woolsey gets her news from the satirical, left-leaning Onion, we can be glad she's retiring ("GOP must disavow dictatorial pledge," Dec. 10). In decrying the Republican platform of no tax increases without serious cuts in spending, Woolsey spews the same destructive class warfare and social bigotry we expect from the economically unschooled extremists on the left.
Using the "fiscal cliff" as a lever for her bombastic rhetoric, Woolsey demonizes "the rich," baselessly proclaiming that if we don't take their money, the deficit burden will fall on the middle class, the elderly and the poor. What about puppies? Will they be asked to pay more, too?
Democratic leaders owe us more than preaching that the most recent election represents a "mandate" to penalize through taxation anyone making more than $250,000. She dishonestly fails to notice that nearly 61 million Americans voted against her "mandate."
Excessive taxation of "the rich" will not even put a dent in the deficit; substantive cuts are required in the outrageous spending so prevalent in Washington to move the needle at all. The government does not "generate revenues," it taxes the revenues created and earned by hard-working citizens. As Ronald Reagan said, "The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that the government spends too much."
EDITOR: This is in response to the Dec. 8 letter from former Santa Rosa Mayor Jane Bender ("Crossing the aisle"). Comparable civility and respect should be shown in making the appointment for Councilwoman Susan Gorin's seat. It's time to come full circle and honestly demonstrate the ability on both sides to work across the aisle.
The new Santa Rosa City Council can firmly exhibit cooperative leadership by selecting Caroline Ba?elos to fill the vacancy. She has the depth of experience the council needs to move forward. She is a community leader, a nonprofit professional and can provide the diversity the council sorely needs. She served with me for years on the Social Advocates for Youth board and as my appointee to the Planning Commission. We've worked together to advance community events and involvement, such as the safe Cinco de Mayo celebration.