A modest question
EDITOR: About the photograph on Saturday’s front page of a uniformed soldier holding his weapon in his left hand and, in his right, holding up the toy he apparently liberated from the debris of the downed civilian airliner at his feet: What kind of a medal will he be awarded for this gallant action? And from whom?
Moral blur, not clarity
EDITOR: No blockade in Gaza?
Tell that to families of those killed by Israeli military when Mavi Marmara sailed towards Gaza.
Tell that to Gazans who live without fuel for electricity to clean up sewage before it goes into the Mediterranean.
Tell that to fishermen who are shot at by Israeli military within international fishing limits.
Tell that to Gazans who have poor medical treatment and physicians whose diagnostic equipment fails because repair parts can’t enter Gaza.
Tell that to those who prepared 11 ships to enter Gaza in 2012. The Audacity of Hope is still at a Greek dock.
Tell that to those who refurbished a boat to become Gaza’s Ark. Filled with products to sell, it was to sail next September, breaking the blockade from inside. Gaza’s Ark is a ruin – a direct hit on July 17.
I’ve been to Gaza. I saw the blockade and, believe me, it exists and is cruel.
When Charles Krauthammer says, “and there was no blockade” in discussing the horror in Gaza, he calls into question his facts, opinions and moral clarity (“A picture of moral clarity in Gaza,” Saturday). And when The Press Democrat writes the headline you wrote, you tell readers you agree that he has moral clarity. Shame on you.
Drakes Bay lawsuits
EDITOR: I read that another lawsuit aimed at keeping the Drakes Bay oyster farm running has been filed by “local farmers, foodmakers (?) and restaurant owners” (“New suit aims to save oyster farm,” Saturday). Why is it that The Press Democrat has neglected to report on the involvement of the Koch brothers in this controversy?
These lawsuits are expensive, and contrary to the implication that they are “local,” they are funded by large, national right-wing conservative interests that have selected this issue as a test case in their plans to further commercialize publicly held resources for their own profit. How about an article that investigates how these lawsuits are funded?
I have to chuckle whenever I see one of those “Save our Drakes Bay Oyster Farm” signs that are so cleverly designed to look homemade. Who is meant by our? Follow the money. Do your job.
Downtown at risk
EDITOR: Steven Abbott is correct (“Restoring the square,” Letters, Tuesday); Old Courthouse Square’s west side has been a dead zone for the entire 34 years I’ve had a store on Fourth Street.
Ten years ago, Santa Rosa applied for an MTC grant for a simple concept with “real streets.” The cost was $3 million to $4 million, but the application was unsuccessful. Soon after, then-Planning Commissioner Scott Bartley started meeting with colleagues about a streetless square. This alarmed the business community, specifically because of the problems on the west side. That controversy led to the design competition, the entry designs of which were chosen by Bartley’s committee. The winning $13 million plan was the only entry with real streets.