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Post-fire money grab

EDITOR: I am disheartened by the money grab I see going on in the wake of the terrible fires. While it is true that this was a terrible tragedy, I cannot in any way condone the ambulance-chasing mentality being employed by some attorneys. Why is it that every time there is a terrible situation, lawyers always come flocking, trying to add to the overall problem, just so they can profit off the misfortune of others? Everyone needs to realize that the lawyer fees have to come from somewhere. In this case, everyone is lining up to profit off this disaster, at the expense of PG&E.

I am not defending any actions, or lack thereof, by PG&E. If PG&E is to blame for not keeping up with trimming, then it needs to pay a price. That price though, should not be adding to the pocketbook of ambulance-chaser lawyers. Does anyone really think that these attorney fees will not actually be borne, one way or another, by all ratepayers?

My proposal, should PG&E be found to be at fault, is to have the company reimburse insurance companies for losses they actually caused and then require PG&E to put all the wires in potentially dangerous areas underground, at its expense. This way, the penalty, which will one way or another actually be paid by the ratepayers, will go toward doing some good, instead of allowing profiteering from this horrific event.

BRIAN KENNY

Windsor

Remember this

EDITOR: I thought our so-called president is suppose to represent everyone in our country. That person says he is going to make America great again when, in fact, America has always been great — at least until Trump got in office and made it a laughingstock to the world. His name-calling is far worse than that of any first-grader I know.

As far as him representing all of America, that is so not true. California recently had a major loss from the fires. Did he care? No. He trotted off to other countries and made a spectacle of himself. That of course is what he enjoys doing. Then he went off golfing and whatever else he did without one word about the loss of lives and homes in our area. Among those who lost was my my son and his wife. Thank God they made it out of the fire safe. Their home didn’t. But it can be replaced.

Anyway, it’s a shame this president cares more about himself than anything else. Friends, neighbors and family, remember this when it comes time to vote.

PAT KEEHN

Santa Rosa

Replacing bridges

EDITOR: The hoops that firestorm victims requiring bridge access to their properties are being forced to endure is appalling (“Rebuilding old bridges,” Wednesday). If Bailey bridges are safe enough for cleanup crews with heavy equipment, then surely they should be safe for homeowners who drive regular vehicles.

Plus it’s probably a whole lot less expensive to leave the Bailey bridges, giving firestorm victims prompt access to their properties in their lifetimes rather than whiling away their days trying to obtain permits from a clueless Permit and Resource Management Department.

GAIL CULVERWELL

Guerneville

Awaiting information

EDITOR: I am a resident of Journey’s End Mobile Home Park. It stinks that we, the residents, are not being told one way or the other of our affordable community’s future. We are being kept in the dark and, under duress, being displaced at the mercy of this whole silent treatment.

All we are seeing is idle news reporting drama and no attempt to expose the real tragedy. We want our homes back. What’s it going to take for the owners to get their act together and speak to us? Would picketing get someone’s attention?

ROBERT MOYES

Santa Rosa

California taxes

EDITOR: Chad Shelton’s letter (“Repeal the gas tax,” Wednesday) prompted me to do a bit of research. According to the latest research, California spends three to five times as much as the rest of the country on road construction and maintenance.

Sacramento’s solution (as usual) is to raise taxes, thus the new 12-cent gas tax. The amount of effort the state devotes to reducing costs is zero. Can someone explain to me why California taxes are so high? We have more people than any other state. Shouldn’t we be able to enjoy economies of scale? In fact, we should be able to provide state services cheaper than any other state on a per-person basis, roads included.

Texans, with a lot more roads and a smaller population, pays 20 percent lower taxes than Californians. Florida, the third most populous state, pays 30 percent less tax than California.

Our elected officials are not serving Californians. We should throw out the whole bunch of them and elect people who know how to add.

MICHAEL BURWEN

Petaluma

Among the heroes

EDITOR: I have appreciated reading about the many courageous people who bravely rescued and assisted others. I would like to add to this list the amazing staff of the Sonoma Developmental Center who evacuated 300-plus clients with significant special needs (my son among them) and stayed with them for two weeks at the Dixon Fairgrounds. I would also add the brave firefighters at the center who successfully fought tooth and nail to save the SDC. I’m deeply grateful to all of these marvelous people.

ANA METTLER

Lakewood, Colorado

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