Too much housing
EDITOR: With traffic already backed up horribly on our over-crowded (and potholed) streets, please let Supervisor Shirlee Zane and Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey know that not all of Santa Rosa is looking forward to another 5,000 housing units (which would mean another 7,000 to 10,000 cars) being built in our city (“Priced out of the market,” Dec. 29).
A fraud on democracy
EDITOR: The Electoral College is neither. What a fraudulent misnomer for a first-rate democracy like the United States. This archaic impediment or, as some say, obstacle to one person, one vote has nothing to do with a college or any learned institution.
Many of us now realize why our civics teachers in high school glossed over this topic of the Electoral College. They too probably didn’t quite understand all of its shadings. You can only ask around to see how many others who were educated in American high schools really understood this outdated, rigged contraption or even how the Electoral College functions.
It’s about time we consider scrapping altogether this relic from the past so that we can boast once again of having a first-rate and fully transparent democracy by directly electing the most important position in the country, the president.
MICHAEL A. FIUMARA
Clemency for Peltier
EDITOR: I sent a message to President Barack Obama supporting executive clemency for Leonard Peltier, who is imprisoned as a consequence of a 1975 gunfight on the Pine Ridge, South Dakota reservation. Two FBI agents and an American Indian man died. I mentioned that the treatment of Peltier could be considered far more restrictive than the treatment of Geronimo and Sitting Bull following their resistance to the U.S. government.
Although considered a prisoner of war following extended fighting against U.S. forces, Geronimo participated in expositions in Omaha, Buffalo and St. Louis, and he rode a horse in the inaugural parade of President Teddy Roosevelt.
In the years following the destruction of George Custer’s troops at Little Big Horn in 1876, Sitting Bull, after surrendering, worked in Wild West shows with Buffalo Bill Cody and Annie Oakley, and he lived with family at Standing Rock, although he was subsequently killed there by police.
I should have mentioned Chief Joseph. Casualty lists from the 1877 Nez Perce war name more than 110 U.S. Army soldiers killed in action. In later years, Chief Joseph lived in exile with his people on the Colville, Washington reservation and met with U.S. presidents in Washington, D.C.
EDITOR: I’m a known Republican. Yet, without a word from me addressing the election, I was yelled at and dumped by a friend going back to more than 30 years ago. Then, again with no political mention from me, another politically motivated friend uninvited me to a birthday party I’d been told to calendar 11 months ago.
Now President Barack Obama cuts off all Russian dealings in his fury that Russia supposedly unveiled some dirty Hillary Clinton and Democratic Party secrets — all of which should have been known to us at the least and were illegal at the worst.