EDITOR: Much have been said about President Donald Trump ordering the military to drop the mother of all bombs on ISIS in Afghanistan. Much can also be said of his verbal delivery: “Everybody knows exactly what happened. What I do is I authorize my military.”
The explosive impact of Trump’s words has yet to subside and is unreported. During the presidential debates, Hillary Clinton accused Trump of not paying any income taxes for years. To which Trump relied, “That makes me smart.” Hence, Trump took pride that he has not paid taxes. The crowd in the studio cheered.
Yet the media have yet to connect the dots: If Trump hasn’t paid any taxes, how could he consider the U.S. military “his?” For Trump to dare claim ownership, he has to pay federal income taxes, which enable the military to defend our nation.
In short, there’s no way the president can say that the military is his since he has yet to contribute.
Rent control disaster
EDITOR: This June, voters in Santa Rosa are being asked to address Santa Rosa’s long-term failure to provide the environment for quality housing with a poorly thought out rent stabilization measure — Measure C.
This punitive measure would only drive rents higher for renters who aren’t lucky enough to be among the 30 percent of renters living in one of the 11,000 units covered under this measure. Those 11,000 units would be essentially removed from the housing stock. Look at rents in San Francisco and Oakland. This is what the future holds for Santa Rosa.
The property owners with these units would stop investing in these buildings. So your neighborhoods are going to suffer. And what about those “lucky” tenants in those units covered by rent control (and their neighbors)? They would get to live with every unruly, problem and criminal tenant who manages to get in these units. Their landlords would be helpless to remove even the worst tenants.
This measure is a disaster for the city of Santa Rosa. Let’s hope the voters are smarter than the city’s failed leaders in June and vote no on Measure C.
EDITOR: In just one morning recently, I received five annoying robocalls, and I’m on the “do not call” list. I have capability from my provider to block numbers from unknown sources, but I have family members in the military, and I never know when and where they will be calling from. We shouldn’t have to be barraged by unsolicited calls. Thankfully, I was informed about NomoRobo that won the Federal Trade Commission’s RoboCall Challenge to combat this irritating practice. Save yourself a little sanity and sign up.
Paying for services
EDITOR: Friday’s letters had the usual complaints about paying for roads and water. As usual, they missed the point. The bottom line is we use both and need to pay the real costs for both.
Regardless of how much flows through the system, the cost of providing water is pretty constant. When we cut back on usage because of drought, we do so not to save money but to save water.