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A state divided

EDITOR: I’ve been thinking about the Calexit movement gathering signatures in California. We must be the only state with two secessionist movements going on at the same time. Don’t forget the Jeffersonians.

However, this isn’t the first or even the second time this has happened. There have been 220 attempts to divide California into as many as six separate states.

It’s a clear indication that our state government has failed different groups of people.

What would a new state look like? Would Democrats and radical exiters move south and set up the Socialist State of California and Republicans and nutty alt-right conservatives move north and call it the National Socialist State of California? OK, maybe we’d need different names.

Central Europe was chopped up following World War I. India separated into India, Pakistan and Bangladesh to satisfy religious zealots. Perhaps a divided California would be like Israel and Palestine or the U.S. during the Civil War. Vietnam removed Catholics to the south. And there’s Korea — commies vs. capitalists.

Millions of ordinary people were forced to move to align themselves with whatever political party or religion they associated with. Or maybe they just moved to get out of the way. Or fled for their lives.

Will we need walls? Where will moderates go?

Are we all nuts?

WM. APPLEBY

Sebastopol

Value of foreign aid

EDITOR: We the people of America and our federal legislators have to remember that helping people in other countries who are in dire need for the basics is how we make friends with other countries.

People say we can’t buy love, but in this case we can. Foreign aid is a good thing that helps to prevent war when the people look at us with favor and not hate.

It is the wrong thing to do for our president to cut funds to the United Nations or any other organization that responds to people in need, but that seems to be what the Republicans in control intend to do.

Hillary Clinton knew this, yet her nonprofit foundationwas attacked and disparaged by the Republicans. We also need to focus our attention on aid to Americans in need as Republicans in Congress intend to cut these funds as well.

Write your legislators and tell them.

MARTHA STILES

Santa Rosa

Discombobulated Democrats

EDITOR: Caesar, aka President Donald Trump, in his scintillating speech before Congress, offered an olive branch of sorts to Democrats to join him in building a better America. Predictably they demurred.

Led by crying Chuck Schumer and babbling, old Nancy Pelosi and mired in transgender bathroom and illegal immigrant alleged rights and all things Russian, they continue to have a big hissy fit over Trump’s election victory. It is laughable.

Prediction: Unless new, young, vibrant, workable figures emerge, the likes of Justin Trudeau of Canada, the Democratic Party will remain a second fiddle clown show for the foreseeable future.

DENNIS TOBIN

Santa Rosa

Trump and Russia

EDITOR: For a presidential candidate to encourage a foreign country considered a threat to the sovereignty of our state to hack an opposing party’s internet servers as Donald Trump did during the campaign and not have it considered an act of treason is beyond the reason of logic.

It’s more than obvious that Trump dances to the tunes of president by proxy Stephen Bannon who is an ultra-nationalist and wants to deconstruct the foundation of our democracy into a system of authoritarianism.

The resources available to make informed political decisions about your future without spin are at your fingertips. It takes a conscious effort to determine the truth. Freedom is not a given; it’s a work in progress.

J.W. HALE

Petaluma

Alternative universe

EDITOR: There has been a lot of talk lately about “alternative facts.” Apparently Michael Burwen (“Democrats self-destruct,” Letters, March 7) is living in an alternative universe.

“Where is the Democratic plan for fixing what is wrong with Obamcare?” he asks. Aside from the fact that the Democrats are now out of power and it’s no longer their job to come up with a plan, they already have come up with a plan, in fact, many plans. Was Burwen sleeping over the past eight years?

After Obama was elected, the Democrats had two months of being able to govern before Robert Byrd died and they no longer had a filibuster-proof Senate. Even so, they were able to pass a stimulus bill, bail out the auto industry and pass Obamacare, saving the American economy and countless lives.

After Byrd died, the Republicans filibustered every significant bill proposed by the Democrats, including many fixes to Obamacare and various proposals to stimulate the economy. In their zeal to destroy the country’s first black president, so that his success could not become the model, they forgot about their duty to the country.

NEAL FISHMAN

Petaluma