Excessive force of law
EDITOR: The killing of minority men, from of Santa Rosa to Ferguson. Mo., shows that police, prosecutors and the entire law enforcement establishment feel they are above the law. When confronted with their acts, they react with massive and unconstitutional displays of force; they close ranks and keep silent; string us along to suit their political ambitions and produce evidence to show that they are the victims and that the dead deserved such treatment in the first place.
Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch’s report says that Andy Lopez had been smoking marijuana before he was gunned down as if to say that explains everything. Michael Brown was unarmed and walking with a friend to his grandmother’s home. The police are so desperate they now say he may have been involved in stealing cigars from a local store moments before his death.
Our police departments have received a lot of war gear from the feds, which they seem determined to use. Shock and awe right here at home. We need to speak out forcefully and non-violently while keeping our hands in the air.
A strong legacy
EDITOR: Dianne Thompson came to Cotati eight years ago as assistant city manager (“City manager plans to resign,” Tuesday). Soon after that the city manager left, and she was asked to move up. As city manager, she has coped with a number of complicated and difficult situations, including the worldwide depression that drastically changed our city’s ability to provide appropriate services to the citizens.
Thompson has risen to the occasions repeatedly, including working hard to help Cotati pass sales tax measures that allowed to support our Police Department and provide many other services that help make Cotati the pleasant place it is.
She also was a big help to the Cotati Historical Society, introducing us to contractors who were willing and able to assist us with remodeling the old police department into the Cotati Historical Museum. She also gave our nonprofit society permission to use the museum, requiring only that we pay for our insurance and telephone service.
Her architectural expertise has resulted in numerous attractive additions to our city, including benches and trash containers downtown, musical notes on the freeway overpasses and color details on our new railroad depot.
I believe Thompson deserves some well-earned leisure, and when she begins a new career, I wish her great success and happiness.
EDITOR: What happens if we don’t receive normal rainfall this winter? Things could get ugly. We have to ask ourselves if there are contingency plans so that life can continue without a significant reduction in our standard of living.
Conservation is useless when there’s nothing to conserve. It would be foolish to plan on getting water from somewhere else when somewhere else doesn’t have water either. Can we live with rationing? This is the time for our leaders to step up and do some planning. Tell us what they are going to do, and what we are expected to do. They need to address new supplies from the only place that has it: the ocean. (Check out the desalination plant in San Diego.)
Sure, there are environmental impacts, but lack of water has them too. Think what it would be like to not worry about rainfall for water supplies. Climate change is here, and we have to adjust. Normal might now mean less than average. The consequences are dire if we do nothing. Not all of us can move to somewhere where there is water.