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Pastrami on ‘Pentagon rye’

EDITOR: Now that we are using sanctions against Russia, perhaps we should consider some additional sanctions. I suggest doing what we did when we were on the outs with France. We changed the name of french fries to freedom fries and changed a few other names as well. We could, for example, change Russian dressing to patriot dressing and Russian rye to Pentagon rye. And perhaps the Russian River to the Patron River.

I’m sure they are many possibilities.

DAN COHN

Petaluma

A unifying message

EDITOR: If President-elect Donald Trump wants to unite this country, as he should, this is what he needs to say: “After much deep thought and reconsideration, I believe the Affordable Care Act has helped many millions of Americans gain access to health care. It has many, many benefits that I believe we need to retain. What we need to do, however, is fix the problems that many Americans have faced since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. That is what is right, and that is what I intend to do to make the law work for all Americans. We will fix the Affordable Care Act, not repeal and replace it.”

Don’t hold your breath.

JILL PRICCO

Santa Rosa

East Jerusalem’s place

EDITOR: This is in response to Mary Moore’s letter (“Israel’s settlements,” Jan. 1). Fortunately, columnist Charles Krauthammer got it right in his column the day before (“Obama’s most shameful legacy moment”): “The Temple Mount is the most sacred site in all Judaism. That it should be declared foreign to the Jewish people is as if the Security Council declared Mecca and Medina to be territories of which Islam has no claim. Such is the Orwellian universe Israel inhabits.”

More than 2,000 years ago, a small band of Jews fought the Syrian Greek army to win back what is today East Jerusalem. After the battle, the Syrian king, Antiochus, demanded the return of his “illegally occupied” cities of Jaffa and the coastal towns previously occupied by the Syrian Greeks.

Simon responded (Maccabees 1, Chapter 15): “We have not taken strange lands nor are we ruling over foreign territory. We have returned to our ancestral inheritance, from which we have been unjustly expelled by our enemies. And now that we have been blessed with the opportunity, we will hold our ancestral land.”

We should note that the Palestinians never existed in biblical times, and they continue to rebut the very existence of Israel.

BRANDES ELITCH

Healdsburg

A compromise?

EDITOR: I, and hundreds of other bicyclists, ride through the Villages at Wild Oak to safely connect from Spring Lake to Oakmont. My rides can be 50 miles long, but the short ride through the Villages is a highlight; it’s peaceful and safe. It’s courteous to slow down and yield to anyone not appearing to be aware of my approach. After all, I’m a visitor, and it’s obvious that the residents value the peace and safety of their neighborhood.

A few years ago, I was saddened to hear that bicycles may be legally forbidden in the Villages because of “the rallies” (“Wild Oak easement,” Letters, Monday). Since then, the Villages prevailed in court, and I congratulate them. Now that their right to forbid bicyclists from traversing their property has been affirmed, I encourage them to continue their generosity without having to risk their safety. Since rallies are the problem, focus on forbidding them. Instead of signs that read “No Bicycles,” post the rules under which bicyclists will be welcomed and only those not following the rules would be subject to prosecution. Soon, word would get around and only the bicyclists following the rules would be riding through the Villages.

In any case, how much more difficult would this be to enforce than “No Bicycles”?

BLANE HENLEY

Santa Rosa

Regime change

EDITOR: When you consider Russia’s hacking, you should understand that the Russians caused “regime change” in the United States.

Hillary Clinton was on her way to a comfortable victory until Vladimir Putin started releasing Democratic National Committee emails through WikiLeaks. If you remember the campaign (that we all want to forget), vast amounts of press time was spent yakking about Clinton’s emails and the DNC’s emails.

That was all totally irrelevant, but it fixated our attention on Clinton in a negative way. All it had to do was change perceptions about Clinton by a percent or two among voters and Clinton would lose, which she did. What do you do to an enemy that puts its favored candidate in charge of the United States? I don’t have the answer to that, but our country will now be set back 50 years in social progress and surrender its place as the leader of the free world.

That calls for more than expelling 35 diplomats and closing a Russian-owned resort or two.

HANS BEERBAUM

Petaluma

State’s legal adviser

EDITOR: The state Legislature, in its wisdom, has seen fit to hire a totalitarian, hate-mongering racist to “advise” our oh-so-knowledgeable Legislature on how to thwart federal law (“California hires Holder as adviser,” Thursday). Doesn’t California already have enough competent lawyers working for it? If all the lawyers already working for the state, including our new attorney general, are so incompetent, then why doesn’t the state fire them and hire ones who are competent?

I wonder who Senate President Kevin de León is paying off for what. Corruption, thy name is California Legislature.

JOE LOVELL

Santa Rosa