Thursday’s Letters to the Editor

Refugees at the border

EDITOR: I was glad to see the July 9 article saying “those displaced by armed conflict deserve more consideration” (“Treat as refugees, urges U.N.”).

If I were a child or a mother of young children desperate enough to leave my loved ones and culture to escape violence and/or hunger and to brave danger crossing a border into any other country, I would hope to be received with compassion and be given an opportunity to live, wouldn’t you?

This truly is a huge regional problem, and I hope that the U.S. will work with others in the region toward humane solutions.

Meanwhile, let us open our hearts and minds.


Rohnert Park

Private property

EDITOR: I read Marie Gewirtz’s letter (“Transplanted fears,” Friday) in disbelief. I am not a “transplant.” We are the second generation living on family property in Sonoma. Perhaps we don’t “use” every bit of our property, but it was purchased by my family, we pay the taxes, insure and maintain it. Nowadays, the lack of respect is appalling.

No matter how respectfully someone hikes or bikes on another’s property, they are trespassing. No private property owner wants to assume liability for the public. I asked a woman who was walking her dog on my property if she would like it if she found me in her backyard. She responded that no, she would not.

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