EDITOR: Perhaps Supervisor Shirlee Zane and Professor Francisco H. Vazquez have missed the point. Their Close to Home column (“Return of deputy ‘slap in face,’” Friday) decried a lack of communication from Sheriff Steve Freitas regarding his unilateral decision to return Deputy Erick Gelhaus back to full duty. The facts are just the opposite. Freitas didn’t advise or counsel with them before making this decision because they don’t matter. The same for the good sheriff’s response to The Press Democrat. A simple sound bite that, in effect, tells the press you don’t matter.
Freitas made this decision by himself because he could. The people of Sonoma County, county government or any number of police task force commissions or subcommittees are of little concern to law enforcement. They are considered an impediment and of little consequence. We don’t carry a badge, we don’t carry a sidearm, and we don’t matter.
Freitas did a superb job of communicating.
STEVEN R. ONINES
EDITOR: Out of the blue, a $600-a-month rent raise. Beware good, long-term, reliable, fixed-income renters, the owners don’t care about you. It’s all about the almighty dollar.
A unique statesman
EDITOR: Sen. James Jeffords, who died on Monday, was a unique statesmen who legislated with his conscience and placed the welfare of the citizenry above politics. As a Republican, he opposed the lockstep voting in his own party when he judged it to be destructive and contrary to public interests despite the character assaults that it brought him.
Finally, after the GOP gained control of both houses of Congress and the presidency; he saw the need to enable some scrutiny from the other party. He then broke all precedents and changed his party affiliation in order achieve this.
Jeffords had set the standards for statesmanship. Hopefully history will treat him with the honor he deserves.
EDITOR: I was surprised to read your Wednesday headline regarding the killing of Michael Brown (““Ignoring calls for calm”). The real story is “ignoring calls for justice. Your bias toward the heavily armed and overreacting police and, later, National Guard forces against protesting citizens fuels the growing mistrust of government. Do you see how dangerous this is?
When people see officials killing with impunity, and investigations consistently supporting those officials, and the media supporting those investigations, it becomes clear that government and media are manipulating us. Pretty soon, anything the government and media do is viewed with distrust.
We only have to look to Liberia to see what happens when the people distrust their own government. When there is a real issue, such as the Ebola virus, and a real reason to contain and control people, no one believes them anymore. Then we will have riots and attacks on clinics, and the government might wall off a slum in order to save it. Or is it to limit a deadly virus to a poor population?
Turning the tables
EDITOR: Are you sick and tired of your phone ringing each day with the usual robo calls? Of course, we all are. Don’t punch 3, it will not help. The “voice” says it will end your calls, but it does not. I have a technique for fighting back. It will consume some time, but if you are retired, time is what you have plenty of.