Old South vs. New South
EDITOR: Sen. Ted Cruz is correct when he asserts that Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan. Other Republicans have pointed out that Democrats sided with the South in the Civil War, defending slavery. For a century, the “solid South” promoted and defended Jim Crow and segregation. That is history.
What Cruz, Jeff Bust (“I’m a deplorable and glad I voted for Trump,” Feb. 9) and others ignore is that those attitudes in the South have been part of Republican doctrine for more than half a century. That party fought modern integration, affirmative action, Martin Luther King and the Voting Rights Act. Richard Nixon embraced those attitudes as the Republican candidate for president in 1968. He won the election with this “Southern strategy.” The current “solid South” is Republican.
Two thousand years ago, Saul of Tarsus began his political career hunting the followers of Jesus. But Christians don’t hate him for that. He is honored for who he became — St. Paul, the organizational genius of Christianity. You should be known for who you become, not who you were. I’d bet that most of today’s Klan members are Republicans.
EDITOR: I just read Saturday’s article about Rosa Ortega receiving eight years in a Texas prison for voting illegally. Really? Brought here as an infant. Pays taxes, owns property. Could die for her country in the military. But voting by mistake gets her eight years in prison?
The Texas attorney general has absolutely no sense of justice. Kill someone while driving drunk and serve six years. Cast one ballot out of 130 million and you get eight years and deportation. Her four kids don’t matter just as long as he can carve another notch in his desk.
What happened to logical deduction? Should she be penalized? Yes. But this non-caring, one-sided justice shows just how short we are on properly educated, ethical and moral politicians. As long as their life is going along OK, why spend time looking at anyone else’s situation. This is not justice. It’s lazy, self-righteous political grandstanding.
EDITOR: So the boy president says there was no news coverage of terrorist attacks (“White House terrorism list is fake news,” Editorial, Sunday). My question is this: Does he ever read a newspaper?
No on Measure A
EDITOR: Sonoma County once again wants to fix its roads and pensions with a general tax instead of addressing its budget issues. In this case, it is a cannabis business tax on the March 7 special election ballot.
The county wants up to 10 percent on gross receipts or $38 per square foot from growers in addition to the sales tax from consumers. If we allow this tax, it won’t be long before vineyards and farms are unfairly taxed.
We want the cannabis business to thrive and come out of the shadows to benefit the county, but not this way. The tax should only be used for the administration of licenses and enforcement. I’m voting no on Measure A.