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Superior judgment

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.”

DWIGHT DALEY

Santa Rosa

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

Santa Rosa

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

Santa Rosa

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.

America is getting greater every day, albeit the shining beacon on the hill appears lower and dimmer. More like illumination from swamp gas.

DON GALLOWAY

Sebastopol

Rent control

EDITOR: Since April 2014, my garbage rates have increased 18.5 percent, water is up 5.87 percent, actual electricity cost is up 59 percent (with the new surcharges, etc.). Just these items are far beyond a 3 percent rent increase limit,. And it would only apply to the minority (13,386 apartments out of 70,000 housing units) of long-term owners (pre-1995), who may need to refurbish and unequally benefits the out-of-town real estate investment trusts that borrowed cheap money to throw up cookie-cutter rabbit warrens and are gouging to maintain unrealistic profit margins for bankers and investment interests.

The small local guy with a four-unit property, who houses at a fair rate, is the target. Rental agreements are now void and force some adjudicated “just cause” by do-gooders somewhere in some bureaucratic office, invalidating standard 30-day rental contracts and softening the unlawful detainer premise that prevents predatory tenants from destroying good landlords who are trying to keep costs down so they can house responsible people.

Our community generosity draws people here while the nouveau riche gouge working residents with overly high rents as residents struggle with devalued money and a someone-else-will-work-for-less-wage mentality. Ten million for a town square? How many low-income units might that have provided?

RAY MORGAN

Santa Rosa

Global democracy

EDITOR: Global oligarchies and tangled authoritarian alliances are wisely dividing up the remains of Earth. Shiny pickup buyers and gun lovers are on the same page, anticipating the inevitable collapse. Monotheists have been praying fervently for the final days when, once again, the plains are littered with skulls. Democracy is a view from underneath. Democracy is the name of the collective voice. The rulers of the world haven’t met the voice of Earth. Now is the time for global democracy. Now is the time to confront the global corporate patriarchy with the voice of the land.

ROLAND WIEBE

Graton

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