The public interest
EDITOR: Realistic air riffles have been around for decades. They are very common. What is extremely uncommon is for a kid to be shot for carrying one.
I hunt and own air rifles, and I do not feel safe having a deputy sheriff on the street who shoots kids with BB guns. Am I supposed to tell my son, when he goes out with the air rifle, to watch out for deputy sheriffs?
Maybe it’s just me, but knowing how hard it is to get a real AK-47 tells me that if I see a kid carrying one, it’s probably a toy.
Deputy Erick Gelhaus may not have broken the law, but he should not be allowed to make a mistake like that and keep his job. It’s not in the public interest.
Drought and development
EDITOR: The Windsor Town Council is to consider granting building allocations for almost 200 new units. How can Windsor, or any other town in California, justify adding more units to our already overtaxed water supplies?
We are all being asked to cut our water use by 20 percent. Maybe the Windsor Town Council should read the signs that are posted everywhere about the severe water shortage. Where is the water going to come from for these new housing units? Maybe the new units just won’t have plumbing?
Until the water situation improves, there should be a moratorium on any new building.
EDITOR: I was asked to go to a preparedness talk years ago. My first reaction was, no way, that is the job of first responders. I went anyway. What I learned was it is my job. It is our job — as important as buckling our seatbelts and brushing our teeth.
Our planet is not static, though we deny it. Sonoma County has a population of about 500,000, and 20 percent of us are elderly and/or disabled. We have approximately 1,500 first-responders and 20 serviceable ambulances. After a disaster, first-responders are busy with traffic, roads, buildings, injured, departed.
Our culture is in the beginning of a cultural shift from dependency on others to individual and communal self-sufficiency in the event of a disaster. One of the most effective things you can do is organize your neighborhood. You may rescue your neighbor. Your neighbor may rescue you. Fortunately, Sonoma County is blessed with excellent programs, such as COPE, Map Your Neighborhood, etc. To learn more about these excellent programs go to www.thejoyofpreparedness.com.
Unqualified for office
EDITOR: Columnists Maureen Dowd and Leonard Pitts criticize the president from the left because of his inability to take a stand and jump into the fray on virtually every major issue. Forget that he had virtually no leadership or management experience before his election. Barack Obama was a community organizer, attorney and law professor. Articulate, handsome, beautiful wife, two photogenic daughters, and he reads a mean teleprompter. If the presidency required a resume vetted by an objective screening committee, I believe he would be rejected for a lack of qualifications. But that wasn’t the case. Racism became not only a factor, but the factor in his election. Why else would he receive 90 percent of the vote from one race?