EDITOR: Thanks to TV cameras and broadcasts on many channels, I heard our president say during a speech to a group of state governors on Feb. 27, “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.”
I can’t decide which is worse: that he uttered those words at all, showing he knows next to nothing about an issue that was a cornerstone of his campaign, or that he didn’t realize how foolish and clueless he would appear with such a pathetic admission.
We can only be grateful that he “tells it like it is” in his own mind so that we may all continue judging him for who he is and demand a leader who sees our country as an entity far broader than a profit-making business. We’re a country, not a company.
Breitbart isn’t news
EDITOR: My late father’s dusty old copy of the Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary defines the following:
News: Tidings; the report or account of recent events or occurrences, brought or coming to one as new information; new occurrences as a subject of report or talk.
Occurrence: The fact of occurring, presenting itself or happening.
It is clear that Breitbart markets in neither news nor actual occurrence. To attach the word “news” to entities such as Breitbart delegitimizes the work of organizations such as yours that support reporters in the field who tell us of actual events.
With deep respect for those in your most noble profession, I ask that your copy editors refrain from using the phrase “Breitbart News” in future articles and stories, instead limiting references simply to “Breitbart.”
DAVID A. DELGARDO
EDITOR: I wasn’t surprised that the marijuana tax passed by a large margin. After all, there are a lot of people who are going to get rich selling marijuana, and high taxes on recreational drugs, like cigarettes and alcohol, are typical.
The marijuana tax is different though, because it taxes the growers and not just the end product. I read that the reason for the tax is that there is a lot of environmental damage and regulation that needs to be addressed. If that’s the case, why don’t we also tax the grape growers?
Marijuana and wine, from a consumer standpoint, have a lot in common. They are both non-food-based agriculture, and both products are used for recreation. Environmental harm caused by the wine industry includes damage to our roads and air from agricultural equipment and truck traffic, the application of pesticides and herbicides to soil, air and surface waters, damage to our wetlands and riparian areas and the permanent loss of trees and other native habitat.
I think it’s only fair now that Sonoma County has taxed the marijuana business that it also considers taxing the wine business.
EDITOR: It was quite interesting that you chose to place an article about the dangers of bad food habits on the front page of Wednesday’s paper (“Study: 10 food habits linked to most deaths”) while on the third page there was an article about students at Sonoma Valley High and their hog project (“Pork proves a meaty subject”).