Sit this war out
EDITOR: It seems pretty clear that Congress, the American people and every country but France wants us to stay out of Syria. Here's a thought: Let's listen to Congress, the American people and every country but France.
While we are at it, let's excuse France, which in all fairness is just trying to help, since it is our ally and probably not all that enthusiastic about sending French soldiers to yet another Middle Eastern conflict where no one wins and citizens and soldiers die daily.
No matter what the U.S. does, there will be never be thanks from anyone. If we interfere, yet again, in the Middle East, we will be reviled. Even if we invade Syria and destroy that country as we have destroyed Iraq and Afghanistan, there is no guarantee that any type of democracy will emerge. If we stand down and refuse to let our young people be fodder for someone else's war, we will also be reviled.
I don't know about you, but I am really tired of being the Satan. And I am extremely tired of sending the best of our youth to fight someone else's wars. Let's keep our soldiers stateside, and sit this one out.
EDITOR: Oh, goodie. Warren Watkins and Healdsburg Citizens for sustainable Solutions are at it again, floating an idea of limiting Healdsburg hotels on a ballot measure ("Healdsburg group wants limits on hotels," Sept. 7).
The last time he got his knickers in a twist, he sued a quality developer to thwart a quality project. Once he was done suing, he sent them a bill for $750,000. Fortunately, a judge had the good sense to slash that amount. If Watkins had any regard for the appearance of his motives, he should have funded the case on his own dime.
Here's another scoop: Hotels and wineries are the ones moving into properties in Healdsburg. So, unless a vacant, boarded up building fits your idea of small-town charm, maybe projects like this shouldn't be so stridently opposed.
Another thing: Who the heck are Healdsburg Citizens for Sustainable Solutions, anyway? No phone number, no address, no website — it looks like it's just Watkins and his wife. I think they should change their name to Healdsburg Obstructionists since I can find no evidence of them doing anything that resembles a solution to anything.
EDITOR: PG&E is spending billions of dollars on infrastructure improvements projected to support 30,000 jobs and modernizing our energy system while repairing and replacing pipes, poles and other utility assets that power our homes and businesses. The investments in infrastructure help enable clean power to be transmitted over PG&E's lines and through its distribution pipelines.
These infrastructure improvements are in jeopardy, however, as the California Public Utilities Commission considers a record-setting fine against PG&E following the 2010 pipeline explosion in San Bruno.
The Northern California Engineering Contractors Association works with businesses such as PG&E to safeguard the community while staying in compliance with the regulations of government. The Public Utilities Commission's decision will have dire implications for PG&E and affect its funding of needed safety improvements. I fear a huge fine will hurt PG&E's ability to sustain the billions it has already invested in making the utility safer and more reliable.