EDITOR: A Republican majority in the House of Representatives voted to sue the president of the United States for the first time in history. This antic is a ridiculous waste of precious time. We have so many important issues to effectively deal with, both domestically and abroad.
The day our president was elected, the Republican Party launched a plan to undercut him in every attempt he made to be a good and effective president.
This reminds me of Bob Dole and Newt Gingrich going on television like two comedians trying to shame then-President Bill Clinton and impeach him. This display of immaturity hurt America’s standing throughout the world. Other countries thought we were nuts.
Americans need to be reminded of the destruction these kinds of antics can have. It then snowballs into hurting relationships with allies, our security, economy, etc. It’s harmful for America.
CONSTANCE VAN GROOS
EDITOR: Absent from headlines about Gaza is the fact that Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and other Arab countries are silently abiding Israel’s military campaign against Hamas. Those countries that have rejected the strictest forms of Islamic law and political power see Hamas as a dangerous, destabilizing force threatening their own countries as well as Israel.
The continuing quiet in the West Bank, which is controlled by the Palestinian Authority and not Hamas, suggests that if Hamas weren’t in power in Gaza, there would be general peace, and Gazans wouldn’t be under siege from Israel and Egypt.
The Palestinian Authority continues to show an intention to create a peaceful, two-state solution. Meanwhile, Hamas remains dedicated to destroying Israel while imposing a brutal form of religious government upon its own people.
A recent New York Times article quoted an unnamed senior Egyptian diplomat as saying, “Hamas is not Gaza, and Gaza is not Palestine.”
Amid all the propaganda criticizing Israel, it’s important to remember that Israel is not fighting the Palestinian people. It’s fighting Hamas. Perhaps that is something that the Arab countries can’t bring themselves to do, but they know it must be done.
PAUL S. ZYGIELBAUM
Monument to sacrifice
EDITOR: I suppose it is easier to say “it’s a shame” and let the cross in Rincon Valley “blend in as nature takes its course” (“It’s a shame, what was done with the cross,” Chris Smith column, Thursday).
I suppose the cross, seen as a symbol of Christianity, is too controversial. It’s possible someone could be injured while maintaining the cross and sue the property owner. But we are missing the point.
The cross is a monument to the staggering loss of life given to protect this country during the second World War. It is important we remember the sacrifices made by hundreds of thousands of men and women.
The cross has a history and a meaning to Santa Rosa. If Los Angeles can maintain the Hollywood sign, a symbol of nothing, why is it so easy to quit on this monument to bravery and sacrifice?
Closure was right
EDITOR: I believe I’m a member of the “silent majority” — those who are tired of hearing about why oysters are more important than preserving the Drakes Bay Estero as wilderness. The closure of Drakes Bay Oyster Co. was absolutely fair. A deal is a deal. I am grateful for having the oyster shack closed. It is one huge step closer to realizing wilderness protection and management for Drakes Estero.