EDITOR: The people of France, as they did in abstaining from participation in the Iraq invasion 14 years ago, once again appear to show superior judgment in electing a logical and moral leader versus a populist candidate who, to be honest, is basically a white nationalist who makes promises impossible to keep and has a very peculiar take on her own country’s history. It’s no wonder the world community breathes a sigh of relief. And France’s election actually was, Sean Spicer, a “landslide.”
A guaranteed raise
EDITOR: I have a question for all those who work for a paycheck. How would you like a guaranteed 3 percent pay raise every year? That is Measure C’s promise to rental property owners. How much has your income gone up in the past 10 years? Wouldn’t any annual 3 percent raise make you smile and make life a little easier?
RONALD W. THURNER
Paulin Creek meadow
EDITOR: On Friday, The Press Democrat broke the news that Paulin Creek meadow will be preserved and the Chanate complex deal is being renegotiated behind closed doors (“Meadow gets reprieve”).
Supervisor Shirlee Zane was quoted as saying, “We trusted the county staff to do the research on these parcels. Apparently that didn’t happen. Now we have to go forward and make sure that (Bill) Gallaher gets a fair price with all of this …” What? Zane’s job is to make sure the people of Sonoma County get a fair deal. Suggesting that a wealthy developer should pay even less than the paltry $6 million-$12 million for 72 acres of prime real estate is outrageous.
This proposed sale betrays a 140-year history of using that public land and those public buildings to care for the sick and disenfranchised. There are many forces, both local and national, that will dramatically increase the rolls of the uninsured in the next 5-10 years. How will we care for them?
Join me and other health care professionals at a community forum on May 17 to discuss the future of health care in Sonoma County. For more information, see https://hpeacesonomacounty.wordpress.com
DR. JENNIFER C. FISH
Ignoring human rights
EDITOR: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, while still undergoing his on-the-job training in diplomacy, says we shouldn’t let our values interfere with our policies toward nations that may be abusing or killing their own citizens. Apparently foreign leaders have told him they can’t spontaneously adapt to our values. I guess Rodrigo Duterte finds it too difficult to just stop killing drug users.
Tillerson’s point was that global security is more important than human rights. I’m not sure how secure the planet would be without human rights, but Tillerson and his boss have it all figured out.
Heck, while we’re at it, why let our values interfere with our policies here at home? Another one of Donald Trump’s administration picks, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has said people who use marijuana aren’t good people. He may currently be working on a new definition of the term “death panel,” although health insurers covering the new “high risk” pools of the Affordable Care Act replacement (aka Trumpcare) may want to put a patent on that term for themselves.