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Liberal double standard

EDITOR: U.S. federal law prohibits the disclosure of a person’s tax returns or return information without their consent. President Donald Trump has no legal obligation to share his tax returns. Hillary Clinton deleted and scrubbed more than 30,000 emails. The people who didn’t care about Clinton’s antics are out marching about Trump’s taxes. Oh, how that liberal double standard lives on.

T.C. RANDOLPH

Rohnert Park

Public service pay

EDITOR: I love being a high school teacher. With 22 years with the Petaluma City Schools, I can honestly say that it is an honor educate and love kids. I can also say that it is discouraging that some people in our country are making more than $189,000 a year in overtime when I took a 2 percent pay cut this year (“Deputies top list of highest paid,” Saturday). I think all public servant jobs should be honored, not just some. Please support your local teachers. They need it.

LYNNE MOQUETE

Petaluma

Public lands

EDITOR: Hunters, campers, fisherman, backpackers, river runners, photographers, birders and naturalists must speak up about our land.

In February, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, proposed bills (HR 621 and HR 622) allowing the secretary of the interior, Ryan Zinke, to implement the Disposal of Excess Federal Lands Act of 2017. It would undermine the Antiquities Act and the protected status of all federal lands.

The legislation includes budget cuts that cripple proper management of existing lands. It’s clearly designed to transfer public lands to states for resource extraction — think mining, logging, grazing and offshore drilling.

Blowback from Democrats and Republicans stopped the legislation in its tracks. Unfortunately, Chaffetz quietly put it back on the table.

“Excess public land” doesn’t exist. Perhaps our greatest asset is our national parks, monuments, seashores, recreational areas, forests and refuges. Thank God previous presidents set aside space for all to enjoy.

Let’s protect our land by contacting local representatives, Chaffetz and Zinke to say how we feel. We absolutely must not sell or lease our heritage for political gain and quick profit.

DAN HOLBROOK

Ukiah

Vaccination rules

EDITOR: Since the state law took effect requiring that children must be vaccinated to attend school, and most exemptions have been eliminated, parents with concerns about vaccine safety have few options (“Vaccinations on the rise,” Saturday).

But it is important for every parent (and health care provider) to know exactly what compounds and metals are in the vaccines given to our children and how to best help their little bodies detox from them. Not all children can easily eliminate these compounds, and that’s when problems can arise.

Becoming informed is always a parent’s option, and so is asking important questions when it comes to our children’s health.

SIDNEE COX

Windsor

Medical care workshops

EDITOR: Dr. Douglas Jimenez (“End-of-life talks are hard — but have them anyway,” Close to Home, March 18) pointed out the importance of having conversations with loved ones about end-of-life wishes. We’re in total agreement.

Half of us will become unable to speak for ourselves in a future medical situation. Readers should know that there is a local source of information and guidance about advance care planning. My Care, My Plan: Speak Up Sonoma County is a community initiative formed to support residents in thinking about, talking about and documenting how they want to be treated in any medical situation in which they are unable to speak for themselves.

My Care, My Plan is offering free workshops this month, on Thursday in Sonoma and on April 25 in Santa Rosa. For more information, go to the events page at mycaremyplansonoma.org.

DOROTHY FOSTER and TAYLOR McCANDLESS

Co-chairs, My Care, My Plan: Speak Up Sonoma County

Holding out

EDITOR: Why didn’t our Democratic state legislators hold out to the last minute so that Sonoma County could have received almost $1 billion in pork barrel road repair money? This is in reference to The Press Democrat April 9 front-page article, “State’s gas tax push attests to Brown’s skill.” However, it doesn’t attest to our own Democratic state representatives’ skill, does it?

State Sen. Anthony Cannella of Ceres, a Republican, was promised “a half-billion dollars for road and train projects in his district” for his yes vote on the gas tax hike and new registration fee. Similarly, two lawmakers, Assemblywoman Sabrina Cervantes and state Sen. Richard Roth, both Democrats, voted for the tax increase “after receiving guarantees that $420 million will go to their region for road projects.”

Where does all of this pork barreling and political horse trading leave the third-world road conditions of Sonoma County? This solidly Democratic district is always taken for granted, and it does not feel right.

MICHAEL A. FIUMARA

Santa Rosa